If he stays healthy, Murray should surpass the career-high 270 touches he got last year.
The website noted "something clicked in him late last season and he stopped leaving yards on the field." Murray also will have the benefit of playing behind Dallas' best offensive line since 2007.
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Though, the absence of Murray and Witten are not expected to be injury related.
If all three players are sidelined, it will be the second straight season the team opted to sit Romo, Witten and Murray in the preseason opener.
"I think we'll kind of see how his year goes and we'll go from there," chief operating officer Stephen Jones told the Dallas Morning News. "He's the type of player we want on our team. He's young and he had a good year last year, but I think he's betting that he's going to have a great year, and I hope he does."
Murray, 26, is scheduled to make $1.4 million in base salary after a Pro Bowl season in which he rushed for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He said he's not going to get distracted by his contract status.
"I'm going to continue to play like I've played and come here like I have been," Murray said. "I don't worry about that, and it really doesn't matter to me, to be honest with you."
Murray ran 217 times in 14 games last year, the biggest workload of his three-year career. If he stays healthy, he's a lock to approach 250 carries. Play caller Scott Linehan is in love with the passing game but has said he'll lean on Murray in 2014.
For his part, Murray said he's learning how to stay healthy -- and stay on the field.
"You just have to take care of your body and know when to go and fight for that extra yard or inch and know when not to," he said. "That's something about just being a smarter football player in general and knowing when you're helping your team and when you're hurting your team."
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