Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar (25) while Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Stacy McGee (92) attempts to make a tackle during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Oakland 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Lance Dunbar is Excited, And You Should Be Too

Lance Dunbar says he is 100% healthy and feeling great during the Dallas Cowboy’s voluntary workouts.  He’s excited about the contribution he feels he can make on the field this season.

That’s great news for anyone that was following the sophomore running back in the last few games before Dunbar’s season ending injury against Oakland last Thanksgiving.

Dunbar was averaging 6.7-6.8 yards per carry in those games, and there’s no reason to think he can’t pick up where he left off, leading to a breakout season in his 3rd year.

It’s been discussed that at 5’8″ and 188 lbs, Lance does not possess the measurables to ever start in this league. 

While that’s all speculation, I’m happy to have him right where he is.  Let starting running back DeMarco Murray wear down the defense with his smash mouth, hard hitting style of running.  Then put Dunbar in when the defensive lines and backs are too tired to adjust or even hang onto someone with his elusiveness.

I do believe given an exceptional offensive line, Dunbar could be a very successful starter in the NFL.  Unfortunately, the Cowboys don’t have an exceptional offensive line.  So, I’m confident the aforementioned strategy is our best course of action to ensure our overall run success. 

I’m curious to see how new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan tries to get the most out of these backs. And although I’m typically not a fan off the quick sideline dump off to the running back, Dunbar might just be the right back to pull it off.

My main irritation with said play is that I feel like it takes too long to put the ball in the backs hands. (we tried similar plays with receiver Dez Bryant that also proved unsuccessful) It always felt to me that while the back (or Bryant) stood waiting for the ball a number of defenders were already zeroed in and heading at them full sprint.

That’s were Dunbar’s size can be an advantage.  His size allows him to blend in and slip by you. And, provided quarterback Tony Romo doesn’t throw him a floater, it’s the kind of size you can easily miss in the open field.

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