One of the most memorable moments from the Dallas Cowboys‘ blue and white scrimmage on Sunday was running back DeMarco Murray‘s reception of a Tony Romo throw down the left sideline.
Murray looked over his right shoulder and the ball hit him in stride. There was good coverage from linebacker Sean Lee, but it was a better catch by Murray.
It made me wonder; why wasn’t Murray used more often in the passing game last season? The off-season departure of wide receiver Laurent Robinson has created a hole in the offense, which the Cowboys will undoubtedly be trying to fill before the start of the season.
Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant are projected to be the top receiving threats in the Cowboys’ aerial attack, but what about using Murray to help fill that void?
It wouldn’t surprise me if Murray is not only more involved in the passing game, but catches more balls than whoever claims that coveted No. 3 receiver spot.
A well-known weapon in the passing game at the University of Oklahoma, Murray had 71 catches for 594 yards and 5 touchdowns his senior year. Those stats prove that Murray isn’t a one trick pony and that he can be a valuable weapon in the Cowboys’ passing game.
As a rookie, Murray tallied up 26 catches for 183 yards with no touchdowns over a 13-game span. Those numbers could increase now that he’s the sole starter at running back for the Cowboys.
Head coach Jason Garret had this to say about involving Murray in the passing game:
“We’d like to be able to use him more both in the play-action situations and also as a guy who we put out into the formation, out of the backfield, and see what he can do out there. He’s shown that he can do it. He just needs chances and experience at this level.”
Plans to involve Murray in the passing game has fantasy owners salivating. It adds another dimension to Murray’s game and reinforces the thoughts of Murray being a 2012 fantasy football breakout candidate.
What we saw last year may have just been scratching the surface of what appears to be a stud running back in the making. Murray’s current ADP (Average Draft Position) in a 10 team, standard scoring league is pick 15 in the second round, two spots higher than it was a week ago. It can only mean one thing: fantasy owners are taking notice of his rising stock.
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