Run Game, Not Just DeMarco Murray, Will Be Huge for Dallas Cowboys

By Jeff Smith
Lance Dunbar 2014
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It’s so often we hear about the run game and how important it’s going to be for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. Typically though, after we hear about how important the run game will be, the attention immediately shifts to DeMarco Murray.

While there’s no question at all that Murray will be the go-to back on this offense, the run game will feature far more than just him. On top of that, it’ll feature more than just back-up running back Lance Dunbar in my opinion. Both Murray and Dunbar showed flashes of brilliance, but both have struggled with some injury issues.

Heading into 2014, we see both Murray and Dunbar looking 100% and ready to go for the Boys. So they should both be huge factors in the run game, right? Absolutely, but the Cowboys are going to need to rely on BOTH of them to put up some impressive numbers for the team to be successful.

While this may seem obvious, one player who we may be overlooking a bit is rookie fullback J.C. Copeland. It’s unlikely that Copeland will get much work between the 20s, but when the Cowboys get into the red zone, don’t be surprised to see Copeland play a major role. He’s a big, bruising fullback who has the potential to push the pile.

We could see a three-headed monster potentially at running back in Dallas this coming year, even though one of the three heads may just see his work in short yardage situations.

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