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Lance Dunbar | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/25/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: North Texas
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ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes the Cowboys "actually mean it" when they say they plan to get Lance Dunbar "more involved" this season.
Dunbar was a popular sleeper in fantasy circles last offseason, but wound up with only 47 touches in 16 games. Archer says the Cowboys "like what (Dunbar) can do in space," and "believe he can be a mismatch player for defenses." 5-foot-8 and 205 pounds, Dunbar has Shane Vereenian space-back skills and 4.47 long speed. The Cowboys plan to utilize a running back committee, with Joseph Randle in the lead, and Darren McFadden and Dunbar mixing in. Jun 15 - 4:56 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown said the team has to get Lance Dunbar "more involved" on offense.

"I envision [him getting more opportunities]," Brown said. I think [OC Scott Linehan] is going to do a great job doing that." The Cowboys' running back picture is clear as mud, leading some to believe Dunbar is no lock for the final roster. But if we're to listen to Brown, it sounds like Dallas has plans to use Dunbar as a pass catcher after he averaged just 2.9 touches per game in 2014.
Jun 9 - 8:54 PM

The Dallas Morning News doesn’t consider Lance Dunbar a lock for the final roster.

The Cowboys want Dunbar to be their third-down back, but he won’t be guaranteed a role if Ryan Williams outplays him in training camp. Dunbar wasn’t a factor in the pass game last year and averaged 3.4 YPC in limited work. The presence of Darren McFadden could make Dunbar expendable.
Jun 6 - 7:52 PM

The Dallas Morning News expects Lance Dunbar to compete with Ryan Williams for the No. 3 running back job.

Beat writer Brandon George doesn't see either of these backs as threats for the starting job. We'd disagree in the case of Williams (if he's actually healthy), but the undersized Dunbar profiles as the passing-down part of a committee. Joseph Randle enters the heart of OTA season with his nose in front of Darren McFadden for the initial first-team reps.
May 26 - 10:54 AM

Cowboys re-signed restricted free agent Lance Dunbar to a one-year, $1.542 million contract.

It's just a formality as no one was going to sign Dunbar to an offer sheet -- even at the lowest possible tender. A poor man's Shane Vereen/Darren Sproles kind of player, Dunbar will compete for passing-down snaps. He garnered just 2.9 touches per game last year with DeMarco Murray dominating the backfield.
Apr 21 - 9:05 AM

Cowboys tendered restricted free agents RB Lance Dunbar and P Chris Jones at the original pick level.

Neither was "originally picked" -- they are both former undrafted free agents -- and thus Dallas would receive no compensation if Dunbar or Jones signed an offer sheet elsewhere and the Cowboys failed to match. Dunbar was a popular 2014 fantasy sleeper, but DeMarco Murray stayed healthy and dominated the workload. When put to use, Dunbar has a Sprolesian skill set.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 7 - 11:26 PM

ESPN Dallas doesn't expect the Cowboys to tender restricted free agent Lance Dunbar.

Dunbar would make $1.5 million at the lowest possible tender. The Cowboys want to keep Dunbar, but are hoping to re-sign him to a lesser deal. Dunbar averaged just three touches per game in a limited passing down role last season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 21 - 5:45 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' website expects the team to retain restricted free agent Lance Dunbar.

Dunbar was surprisingly underutilized by the 2014 Cowboys, but his value could rise if DeMarco Murray leaves in free agency. Dallas would probably be able to keep Dunbar safely with the lowest possible RFA tender. 25 years old, Dunbar is like a poor man's Shane Vereen with quick feet and receiving skills.
Feb 2 - 4:18 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram says there's a "real good chance" the Cowboys won't tender restricted free agent RB Lance Dunbar.

It would cost the Cowboys only $1.575M to tender Dunbar at the lowest level. That may be too much to pay for a satellite back that touched the ball 2.9 times per game in 2014. The Cowboys appear to be higher on a now-healthy Ryan Williams.
Jan 29 - 12:15 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed once for four yards in the Cowboys' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Dunbar wasn't targeted in the passing game. He'll operate as a reserve satellite back behind DeMarco Murray during the postseason.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:52:00 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed twice for four yards and caught two passes for 10 yards Week 16 against the Colts.

Dunbar saw more snaps with DeMarco Murray (hand) limited, but Joseph Randle was Murray's clear handcuff. Dunbar will finish up the regular season against Washington next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed three times for nine yards in Dallas' Week 9 loss to the Cardinals, adding two catches for an additional 52 yards.

The 61 total yards were Dunbar's most of the season. He's a handcuff back who would primarily play passing downs were DeMarco Murray to go down with injury.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed one time for six yards and caught an 11-yard pass in the Cowboys' Week 8 loss to the Redskins.

Dunbar has no standalone value, and would only come into PPR consideration if DeMarco Murray gets hurt. Joseph Randle is Murray's early-down backup.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:57:00 AM

Lance Dunbar rushed once for negative-four yards and caught four passes for 48 yards in Sunday's Week 6 win at Seattle.

Dunbar came on for some third downs and showed plenty of juice after the catch. He'd have a reasonable shot at flex value if DeMarco Murray were to go down, especially in PPR leagues. But it's clear Joseph Randle is the primary handcuff to DeMarco right now.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Lance Dunbar was held without a touch in Dallas' Week 5 win over the Texans.

DeMarco Murray handled 37 of the Cowboys' 39 running back touches, with Joseph Randle getting the leftover two. Dunbar would serve as Dallas' third-down back in the event of a Murray injury. Randle is Murray's primary handcuff.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
4Jameill Showers
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
4Ryan Williams
5Lache Seastrunk
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
2Ray Agnew
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
3Lucky Whitehead
4George Farmer
5Reggie Dunn
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3A.J. Jenkins
4Deontay Greenberry
5Lucky Whitehead
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Geoff Swaim
5Ray Hamilton
K1Dan Bailey