“Injury Prone” & “Running back” are two things that are never good when they are in the same sentence. Unfortunately for DeMarco Murray, it is two things that have followed him for his entire career ever since he left the University of Oklahoma. In just his third year out of school and at the age of 25, Murray is far from having his career written off in the NFL but the Cowboys need to use caution moving forward.
Replacement running back Joseph Randle did a suitable job during the weeks that Murray was unable to suit up. The rookie out of Okalahoma State will need to continue to develop if the Cowboys’ are going to be able to keep Murray healthy going forward. The Cowboys’ need Randle to be a viable option in the place of Murray much in the same way fellow rookie Terrance Williams has been in the absence of Miles Austin. A balanced running attack takes pressure off of the entire offensive and also protects against a suspect defense. When healthy, Murray is the total package. He has the speed and vision needed to be a starting NFL running back as well as the strength to be an every down back.
If the Cowboys’ expect to keep winning, they will need Murray to produce and stay healthy. With a running game, Tony Romo is one of the best play action passers in the NFL. A balanced running attack gives Romo the ability to stretch the field to down field targets such as Williams and Jason Witten. If the Cowboys’ want to finally breakout of mediocrity and make it deep into the playoffs a healthy Murray is going to need to be a major part.