Last week I began taking a look at the 2013 Dallas Cowboys from the perspective of grading their efforts and prospects. This week I’ll continue the exercise with the focus this week being upon the Running Backs. Next week we’ll tackle the Wide Receivers.
When talking about the Cowboys RBs it begins with Demarco Murray. For the third straight season Murray was our primary starting RB and for the 3rd straight season he missed games with injuries. To his credit in 2013 it was only 2 games missed and he still managed to eclipse the 1000 yard mark on the season, finishing the season with 1124 yards rushing. This was good enough for 10th best in the NFL, only 4 yards behind Frank Gore for 9th place and Gore did not miss any games.
Murray’s per game average of 80.3 yards was good enough for 5th best in the NFL. His 5.2 yards per carry was the 4th best in the NFL for players rushing more than 100 attempts. He also added 9 touchdowns, more than doubling his previous best season last year. That was tied for 6th best in the NFL on the ground.
He also had 53 receptions in 2013 for another 350 yards, and a very critical receiving TD on 4th down that sealed an amazing come from behind win for the Cowboys. He fumbled 2 times, losing 1 of them. He became the 6th Dallas Cowboys RB to have a 1000 yard season, the first since Julius Jones did it in 2006. You have to go all the way back to the year 2000 to find a Cowboys RB who gained more yards than Murray did this year. That RB of course is the incredible Emmitt Smith, who in that season racked up 1203 yards.