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Lance Dunbar | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/25/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: North Texas
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Lance Dunbar rushed 11 times for 27 yards in Dallas' Week 2 win over the Titans.
Dallas' change-of-pace back wasn't targeted in the passing game. Six of Dunbar's carries came with the Cowboys icing a 26-10 lead. Dunbar drew hype as a potential poor man's Joique Bell in Dallas, but it isn't happening. DeMarco Murray is simply too good. Sep 14 - 6:14 PM

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Lance Dunbar was held without a carry in Dallas' Week 1 loss to the 49ers, but secured 3-of-3 targets for 21 yards as a receiver.

It was all DeMarco Murray in the running game. Dunbar has drawn hype as a potential poor man's Joique Bell in Scott Linehan's Cowboys offense, but Murray doesn't need to be spelled the way Reggie Bush does in Detroit. Dunbar could catch enough passes to put him on the radar in PPR leagues, but he won't be a standard-league consideration unless Murray goes down with injury.
Sep 7 - 8:16 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar gained 17 yards on four carries and caught one pass for 17 yards against the Dolphins Saturday.

Dunbar did not see any action until DeMarco Murray exited the game early in the second quarter, but worked mostly with the first-team offense. He whiffed on a blitzing linebacker in the second quarter, and will have to improve in pass protection to carve out a role in Dallas' offense. Dunbar has gained 52 total yards on 10 preseason touches.
Aug 23 - 10:15 PM

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed Lance Dunbar was deactivated for Thursday's preseason opener because the Cowboys have big regular season plans for him.

"Certainly we have a good feel for what he can do," Garrett said. "We just want to be selective with certain guys in preseason. DeMarco Murray did not play in the game. We felt the same way about Dunbar." New playcaller Scott Linehan has shown an ability to produce backfields with more than one fantasy contributor. Dunbar may be ticketed for an especially large change-of-pace role.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 10 - 3:54 PM

Lance Dunbar was a healthy scratch for the Cowboys' preseason opener.

DeMarco Murray was also a healthy scratch. Dallas' decision to rest both players and keep them out of harm's way is a further indication Dunbar and Murray are slated for huge regular season roles. It's possible Dunbar only plays in the Cowboys' third preseason game. Murray may be held out entirely.
Aug 8 - 3:28 PM

Lance Dunbar will sit out Thursday's preseason opener.

It's a mere precaution as Dunbar underwent left knee surgery eight months ago. He has not missed a single training camp practice, and remains in line for a change-of-pace role behind DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Murray will also sit out tonight.
Aug 7 - 10:55 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar "continues to be impressive" in training camp.

A versatile back with dynamic ability, Dunbar has an opportunity to earn a decent role in Dallas' offense. DeMarco Murray is the unquestioned starter, but new OC Scott Linehan oversaw a Lions offense that had two backs average over 13 touches a game in 2013. Dunbar may struggle to hit that mark, but 6-10 touches are within reach even with Murray healthy. He is worth a late-round flier.
Jul 29 - 10:58 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Lance Dunbar's role would only "expand a little" if DeMarco Murray missed time.

Dunbar isn't a traditional "handcuff" -- he wouldn't become a true every-down back with Murray out -- but he'd certainly lead Dallas' backfield in touches and be heavily involved as a passing-down specialist on a pass-happy team, giving Dunbar plenty of prospective handcuff value. With Murray healthy, Archer expects 24-year-old Dunbar to be utilized in the screen game and as a change-of-pace back. He could shoot from something like 6-9 touches per game to 14-18 with Murray out. Dunbar is still very much worth stashing by Murray owners, with an outside chance at standalone flex value even with Murray healthy.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 13 - 1:48 PM

Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown said Lance Dunbar can line up anywhere on the field, including "tailback, at wide receiver, in the slot."

"He's a guy that's going to be a complete weapon," Brown added. "We're looking forward to using him."'s Nick Eatman issued a fantasy alert on Dunbar after spring practices, saying Dunbar needs to be owned in every league. There's plenty of late-round flier appeal. New OC Scott Linehan got healthy RB2 production out of Joique Bell in Detroit last season behind Reggie Bush.
Jun 24 - 8:45 AM

The Cowboys are "creating stuff" for Lance Dunbar during OTAs.

Per Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official site, the team has "big plans" for Dunbar. It's more buzz for an undersized yet shifty change-of-pace back that is the favorite for No. 2 RB duties. Given DeMarco Murray's injury history and Scott Linehan's history of using two backs, there's late-round flier appeal here.
Jun 11 - 9:29 AM

Lance Dunbar is "excited" about his role in the Cowboys' offense.

Dunbar watched tape of the Lions offense to get an idea of how OC Scott Linehan likes to call games. The Cowboys could install more of a two-back system under Linehan, so Dunbar should have an expanded role in the passing offense if he can stay healthy. Dunbar averaged 5.0 YPC and had seven receptions in a change-of-pace role prior to going down last season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 30 - 8:25 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' website reports new OC Scott Linehan "loves" RB Lance Dunbar.

Dunbar has been earmarked by those who cover the Cowboys as a player primed for a breakout season. Linehan loved using both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in Detroit, and Dunbar has soft hands in the passing game. As the favorite for No. 2 duties behind an injury-prone DeMarco Murray, Dunbar will be one of the top handcuff backs to own and could even flirt with standalone flex value.
May 18 - 10:11 AM

ESPNDallas' Todd Archer thinks RB Lance Dunbar is a good fit for new Cowboys playcaller Scott Linehan's offense.

Linehan loves to use his backs in the passing game, and Dunbar has the skill set to be a dynamic playmaker in the open field. He will carry upside as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind the injury-prone DeMarco Murray.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 26 - 10:10 AM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) said he's 100 percent.

The left knee injury Dunbar sustained on Thanksgiving is behind him. He's projected as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray and will have some upside as a handcuff. Dunbar has flashed legit juice (5.0 YPC in '13) and is a nice fit in Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.
Apr 23 - 12:25 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) will participate in this week's OTAs.

Dunbar sustained ligament damage in his left knee on Thanksgiving and never got back on the field. His ability to get work in this week confirms there was no ACL tear. Dunbar projects as DeMarco Murray's top handcuff this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 21 - 10:14 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3Dwayne Harris
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
K1Dan Bailey