We all saw last season that DeMarco Murray is capable of being an excellent running back when he can remain healthy. The guy put up 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games last season for the Dallas Cowboys. He averaged a very, very nice 5.2 yards per carry and is really starting to come into his own. He can also catch passes out of the backfield as well, which is something that will bode well for him in Scott Linehan‘s offense.
Those numbers alone aren’t the only reason why Murray is going to have a big year, though, because Linehan will help to be a major factor in the running back’s success.
Everyone says that Linehan loves to air it out, throws it too much and relies too heavily on the quarterback. But with that being said, if you look last year at the team he was the offensive coordinator for, the Detroit Lions, Reggie Bush ran the ball 223 times in 14 games and had 54 catches as well. Add on Joique Bell and his 166 rushes and 53 catches and you have a situation where Murray is going to get all of the work that he can handle.
Not only will Murray get plenty of work, but Lance Dunbar will also get his fair share of action as well. If you want to see a year where Murray can earn himself a nice contract, then 2014 is that year; not only is he going to be the workhorse back, but he’ll be a focal point of their offense as they will “run the ball more” according to Linehan.
Murray has all of the upside in the world, and if he can stay healthy once again and play even 14-16 games, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him top 240 or 250 carries this season and put up 1,300 to 1,350 yards with rushing alone. He’ll also see plenty of receptions, so that’s just going to add on to his excellent production in the 2014 NFL season.