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DeMarco Murray | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Oklahoma
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Coach Jason Garrett said he sees DeMarco Murray as "the leader of a committee" in the Cowboys' backfield.
Garrett did admit Murray has "bellcow traits." New playcaller Scott Linehan liked to use multiple backs in Detroit, namely Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Bush still racked up 277 touches as the Lions' lead dog in 2013. Murray has never played a full 16-game season, so it'd be smart of Dallas to limit the pounding he takes. We still expect Murray to be a PPR dynamo and set a career-high in touches this season. He's on the RB1 map. But Lance Dunbar is going to take on an increased role. Joseph Randle and/or Ryan Williams could also see work. Aug 13 - 1:16 PM

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DeMarco Murray has been "strong and decisive" through two weeks of camp.

If Murray can stay healthy for the first time in his career, he's going to have a monster season. The offensive line is potentially dominant, Scott Linehan loves to throw to his running backs and Murray showed last season that he's one of the best pure runners in the league. Murray was PFF's No. 4 back last season in terms of "elusive rating" and graded out sixth in running. Only LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and Eddie Lacy were better.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 11 - 11:19 AM

Cowboys COO Stephen Jones promised the team will "run the ball more" this year.

"We will be running the ball more," Jerry's son vowed. "I think our offensive line is better than it was last year and I think we ran the ball pretty well last year. I think we’ll run it better this year and I think there will be a bigger commitment to running it." We're skeptical Dallas' defense will allow them to stick with the run, and new playcaller Scott Linehan has a decidedly pass-happy background. We do expect DeMarco Murray to set a career high in receptions.
Jul 25 - 12:31 PM

The Cowboys have not opened extension negotiations with contract-year RB DeMarco Murray.

Murray is owed $1.406 million in the last year of his rookie deal. He's on the backburner for cap-strapped Dallas, with Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith out in front of Murray. Murray, 26, has missed 11 games through three NFL seasons. His free agent stock will rise if he can turn in a fully-healthy 2014 campaign.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 16 - 3:34 PM

ESPN Dallas expects DeMarco Murray to set a career-high in carries this season.

There's been a lot of buzz on Lance Dunbar this offseason as a Reggie Bush kind of back for Scott Linehan. But Murray is leaps and bounds ahead as a runner, and is an excellent pass-catcher in his own right. Beat man Todd Archer expects Murray to get 250 carries and play on a majority of the passing downs as well. If DeMarco can stay healthy for the first time in his career, he's a near lock to be a top-10 fantasy back with upside for much more in PPR formats.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 5 - 10:48 AM

Speaking in a Monday radio interview, passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan claimed the Cowboys are going to "lean" on the run game.

"That’s going to be our strength, being able to lean on that running game a little bit more than they have in the past," Linehan said. "Obviously, with this offensive line, this is going to be something that’s going to help our passing game." The claim is rich coming from Linehan because nobody dialed up more passes during his five years in Detroit. Perhaps he's seen the light, but we still expect Linehan to ultimately live and die by the pass.
May 19 - 5:14 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer does not expect the Cowboys to "throw max money" at DeMarco Murray.

Murray is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and while the Cowboys are likely interested in extending Murray, there is no way they will invest a ton of money in a running back with Murray's durability concerns. A ton of money may not be needed, though. The running back market is a dry as ever, and after seeing the relative pittance paid out to Ben Tate this offseason, Murray may be willing to accept a team-friendly deal. Extension or no extension, Murray projects as a low-end RB1 with top-five upside in PPR formats in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 1:18 PM

DeMarco Murray led all running backs (minimum 50 attempts) in yards per carry against base defenses last season.

Murray averaged a robust 5.7 yards per carry on 130 attempts against base sets, ahead of LeGarrette Blount (5.4), Kendall Hunter (5.4) and Jamaal Charles (5.1). It speaks volumes about his natural running ability. Of course, we're expecting less carries and more catches for Murray as Scott Linehan installs his pass-happy, spread scheme in Dallas. Either way, Murray is going to be on the low-end RB1 radar with upside in PPR formats.
Apr 10 - 11:17 AM

DeMarco Murray triggered an escalator in his rookie contract, raising his 2014 base salary from $755,469 to $1.389 million.

Murray, the 71st pick in the 2011 draft, received the bump in pay because he played at least 35 percent of the offensive snaps in his first three seasons. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Murray isn't expected to receive a contract extension before the season. He turned 26 on Wednesday and will have to prove he can stay healthy like he did for much of the 2013 campaign.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 13 - 9:53 AM

ESPN Dallas considers DeMarco Murray "doubtful" to receive a contract extension this offseason.

It's become extremely rare for NFL teams to commit big money to running backs before their contracts expire. Murray is signed for $755,469 in 2014, the final year of his rookie deal. Murray finally stayed healthy for the most part in 2013, missing just two games and leading all NFL rushers in yards per carry (5.17) among players with at least 200 attempts. He turns 26 next month.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 27 - 3:19 PM

The Cowboys are 11-0 when DeMarco Murray has gotten at least 20 carries in his career.

This stat is typically overrated because teams playing with a lead are able to run the ball more often. But in this case, it carries weight because the Cowboys often gave up on Murray and the running game far too soon. He averaged 5.17 YPC on the season, third in the league behind only Andre Ellington (5.52) and Donald Brown (5.26). But he only got 15.5 carries per game and topped the 20-carry mark once over the final 11 weeks. Entering a contract year in 2014, Murray will be hungry for big workloads.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 2 - 9:04 AM

DeMarco Murray had 17 carries for 51 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.

He added five catches for 39 yards. Murray fumbled on the Cowboys' opening drive of the game and was held in check for most of the night, averaging just 3.0 yards per carry. With Kyle Orton not a threat to throw downfield, the Eagles were able to take away Murray with run blitzes and extra defenders in the box. Murray finishes the 2013 season with 217 carries, 1,474 total yards, and 10 touchdowns despite missing two games to a knee injury. His upright running style and long-term durability remain a concern, but Murray is shaping up as a top-12 pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 12:33:00 AM

DeMarco Murray rushed 22 times for 96 yards with a touchdown and added three catches for 15 yards with another touchdown in Sunday's 24-23 Week 16 win at Washington.

It looked like the Cowboys were going to blow yet another game by failing to utilize a disgruntled Murray. But in the fourth quarter, Jason Garrett gave his horse 11 carries and the Cowboys squeezed out a win when Tony Romo found Murray leaking out of the backfield for a game-winning 10-yard touchdown catch. He now has over 100 total yards in three straight games and is averaging a robust 5.36 YPC on the season. Murray needs to be featured in the Week 17 "win or go home" game against the Eagles.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:31:00 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed 18 times for 134 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ stupefying Week 15 loss to the Packers, adding four catches for 19 yards.

Murray averaged 7.4 yards per carry, but the story was the touches he didn’t get. With the Cowboys in position to start draining clock on the insurgent Packers multiple times in the fourth quarter, they dialed up four Murray rush attempts in a game where he had been their best weapon. Tony Romo threw picks on each of Dallas’ final two drives, checking out of a run on the first (according to coach Jason Garrett). A fuming Murray was spotted yelling in disgust. The good news is that Murray is averaging a positively elite 5.48 yards per carry going into a juicy Week 16 matchup with the Redskins. He’ll be an RB1 for the fantasy finals.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:17:00 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed for 145 yards on 18 carries in Dallas' 45-28, Week 14 loss to the Bears on Monday night.

Murray caught two passes for nine yards on a team-high five targets in the passing game. One of those passes went through his hands. Running-wise, Murray had an easy go of it right from the start. He piled up 58 yards on seven opening-drive touches and had 99 yards on the ground at halftime. The Cowboys got away from the run for much of the second half before feeding Murray again in the fourth quarter. He became the sixth running back in six weeks to post 100 yards rushing on the Bears. Murray has another favorable matchup against the Packers at home next week. He'll be a high-end RB2 for Week 15.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 11:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Caleb Hanie
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
4Ryan Williams
5D.J. Adams
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
2J.C. Copeland
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Tim Benford
4Jamar Newsome
5Dezmon Briscoe
WR21Terrance Williams
2Dwayne Harris
3Devin Street
4LaRon Byrd
5Chris Boyd
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Jordan Najvar
5Asa Watson
K1Dan Bailey