Dallas Cowboys have one of the NFL‘s best kept secrets in RB DeMarco Murray. So much so that they even forget he is allowed to touch the ball at times. If the Cowboys utilize their running back correctly, I think he is due for a huge 2014 season.
Murray’s biggest weakness in his young career has been durability. He has missed extended time in his first few seasons. It’s understandable that the coaching staff are thrust into a corner when it comes to Murray.
On one side, they are undefeated, 11-0, when he gets 20 or more carries in a game. The plan is simple, give him the ball and get the win right?
Well, the more they give him the ball the chances of him getting hurt are likely to increase. The coaching staff seem like they don’t trust Murray at times and often keep him from getting the ball to protect him from himself.
Murray had 217 carries last year which means he was tied for 17th in the NFL. Conversely, he ranked fourth in the league with 5.2 yards per carry and tied for sixth in the league with nine rushing touchdowns.
It’s fairly obvious that Murray is very productive when given the ball. That’s why I think he’s finally going to emerge as a star this season. The Cowboys need to lean on him a little more especially at the beginning of the season to help take the pressure off the inexperienced defense.
If Dallas follows the strategy of allowing him to get his 20 touches, and Murray were to play in every game, he would have 320 carries this season. Murray has averaged 4.9 yards per carry for his career. If he is given 320 carries he would end up with 1,568 yards. He is fully capable of getting there he just needs an opportunity.
Murray is full of potential, but carries some baggage. If the Cowboys want to win and make the playoffs it will depend on how much they are willing to put on their talented RB. I think he’s ready to prove he can be a feature back and finally show how special he is.