Today is the second installment of a month-long series featured on The Landry Hat in regards to positional previews as the Dallas Cowboys make their yearly pilgrimage to Oxnard, California for training camp. Part one, which was posted on Sunday, reviewed the quarterback position, focusing on the backup battle and seeing where Romo fits in relation to his counterparts across the rest of the league. To see the entire article, you can click on this link:
As a reminder of the positional preview process, I will make one bold prediction about the position, describe what the team needs from each player, offer my guess as to who makes the final fifty-three man cut and rank where each starter ranks in comparison to others at his position across the entire NFL.
Here is part two of the series, focusing on Dallas’ options at the running back position:
DeMarco Murray, 26
Last season could be looked at as a renaissance of sorts when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys rushing attack. For the first time since 2006, a Cowboys running back eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing when DeMarco Murray posted 1,121 yards. That was the highest rushing total since Emmitt Smith‘s 1,203 in 2000. If Murray can continue to stay healthy, you have to believe 2014 will be more of the same. Murray posted career bests in every statistical category, including the most important one – games played. When he’s healthy, he is an every down type back, capable of hurting opponents with his running, either between the tackles or on the perimeter or as a weapon out of the backfield catching the ball. This season will be crucial to Murray as it is marked with the end of his rookie deal and his production and health will likely drive what type of deal Dallas offers him.
For what it’s worth, Murray expressed his intent beyond this season to ESPN’s Todd Archer recently when asked about how long he wants to play for Dallas…
“Forever,” Murray said when he was asked how long he would like to be a Cowboy. “I love Dallas. I love playing football there. I love the fans. I love the organization. It’s great. I want to stay there as long as they will allow me.”
If he can match his output from last season, it’s extremely likely he’ll get an opportunity to back that up.