– DeMarco Murray continues to impress; I wonder whether Skip Bayless thinks Murray is “for real’ yet.
I want to add “unusual balance” to the list of attributes I see in DeMarco Murray. There were several times when a run was designed to go through the middle, but there was no hole open, so Murray bounced it out wide. I was impressed with his ability to maintain speed as he rounded the corner. He doesn’t make a quick cut, but he is fluid and balanced, which allows him to maintain his speed as he is rounding the edge.
– DeMarco’s patience and vision was particularly evident on their 4th possession: it was 3rd and 8 on their own 22, the Boys lined up with Romo in the shotgun, Murray beside him, and 3 WR’s.
After progressing through his reads, Romo hit Murray out in the left flat; Murray had only one defender between him and the first-down marker. Rather than try to take the defender on, Murray slowed down, avoided contact, and waited for Witten to come all the way back from his route to knock the defender out of the play. Murray not only got the 1st down, he picked up 17 yards. He probably could have put his head down and driven through the defender for a first down, but he had the patience, vision, and decision-making ability to wait on the block from Witten.
The Cowboys eventually scored another TD on that drive.
– Murray runs smart for a rookie. He ‘has a nose for the hole’, but he also puts his head down and gets a push when he has to hit the pile.
– Demarco Murray had a great block on an incoming blitzer on the first TD when Romo threw to Bryant; if Murray misses that block, they don’t score that TD. I have written in the past about how the lead back in Garrett’s offense has to be able to do a lot more than run effectively with the ball when he has it; Murray continues to show more and more of those skills every week.
– Murray certainly looks like he can take the pounding of 20-25 touches a game. Even in the 4th quarter with a huge lead, Murray was still running hard: he still had the speed to start inside, see nothing there, and bounce it to the edge for 10 yard gains; he also still had the desire and power to run through the safety for 2 or 3 yards.
– As good as Murray has played, he still has lapses in concentration: he dropped another easy catch tonight, although he still finished the night with 6 catches for 36 yards.
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