Value of DeMarco Murray's Health is Far Understated

By Jeff Smith
DeMarco Murray 2014
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RB DeMarco Murray has played three seasons in the NFL, and he has played in just 13, 10 and 14 games throughout those seasons. The Dallas Cowboys‘ starting running back was actually considered “healthy” even though he missed two games. The reason for this is because he still managed to put up 1,121 yards, scored nine touchdowns and make it to the Pro Bowl. Just because you have a very good season doesn’t mean you fully remained healthy.

The guy averaged a ridiculous 5.2 yards per carry as the Cowboys’ workhorse, so just imagine if he had played in 16 games. If Murray is capable of staying healthy in playing in all 16 games, I think it completely changes the Dallas offense. This is huge for this team, especially since new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan loves to air it deep, but also run the ball.

Murray could be poised for an absolutely monster season in 2014, especially with the fact that it’s a contract year. With that being said, though, he has to find a way to stay healthy and stay on the field. The Cowboys’ success may go hand in hand with Murray’s success.

I fully understand how good Lance Dunbar has been when filling in for Murray, and he’ll still get plenty of touches, but Murray is their back, and he could very well be their future. If Murray finds a way to remain healthy for a season or two (and stays in Dallas), I think we’re looking at a running back who goes down as one of the best to ever come to Dallas.

Averages of 5.5, 4.1 and 5.2 yards per carry are no joke, especially as he ended 2013 with 217 total rushes. I love the upside of this guy, and I know the Cowboys do too. His future is bright, and Cowboys fans need to hope that his future involves having a star on his helmet.

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