The NFL Draft is in the books and there are very few free agents still available. That means it is time to look ahead to the NFL season. With that in mind, I will be breaking down the roster of the Dallas Cowboys by position. Today I am going to take a look at the running back position.
Let’s start by looking at starting running back, DeMarco Murray. Last season was the best in Murray’s young career. He played in 14 games, which was the most he has ever played in a season. He rushed for 1,121 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Dallas is a pass first team, but they should change that in 2014. Dallas has beefed up their offensive line with the addition of first-round pick Zach Martin, and they have a RB in Murray who averages five yards per carry for his career.
Murray’s backup will likely be Joseph Randle, who the Cowboys drafted in 2012. Randle didn’t have a stellar rookie season, but he now has a year under his belt and will hopefully show progress in his second season.
A back who was showing promise in 2012 before his injury is Lance Dunbar. Dunbar can be a great change of pace back. His speed is a great complement to the power of Murray. If the Cowboys’ coaching staff can utilize Dunbar correctly, he can be a great weapon for Dallas’ offense.
Dallas also signed an undrafted free agent RB in Ben Malena. Melena had great success at Texas A&M, but some question whether he can carry that over to the NFL. Some would call him a long shot to make the team, but given the Cowboys’ past success with undrafted free agents, I believe he has a chance to turn some heads in training camp.
Whether Dallas keeps three or four running backs, the bottom line is they have a talented group at the position. The only question is will the Dallas coaching staff realize what they have and actually use them.