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."
Despite his track record as a pass-heavy coordinator, new
Dallas is 11-0 when Murray gets 20 or more carries. The paper expects Lance Dunbar to complement Murray as a receiving threat out of the backfield.
But ESPN thinks Murray, so long as he's healthy, will dominate the playing time. The Cowboys have never lost a game when Murray gets at least 20 carries (11-0).
"This is a great young front," Linehan told the paper. "It was already an offensive line that was really meshing and playing well. We don’t have to have this certain look to run the ball. We feel like we can line up and say, ‘Hey, if they’re going to drop guys into the box, we still feel like we’ve got the guys that can get it done.’ And then that helps everything. That opens everything on the outside of the field."
The Cowboys spent three first-round picks in the last four years on offensive linemen.
"He's just scratched the surface," Brown told the official team website. "I think he's one of the better backs in the league -- he just has to go out and prove it now. People now know his name, he's been in the Pro Bowl -- people are going to know who he is. So now it's more of a challenge to go out and play well, and I think he's going to go out and take that challenge full force and have another good season."
Brown added that spending another year in coach Bill Callahan's system that helped him in the second half of the 2012 season will pay off.
Murray finished last year as a Top 10 Fantasy running back and hit 10-plus Fantasy points in six of his last seven games. His injury history is enough to make some squeamish about taking him as a first-round pick but the reality is that he will get enough touches and yardage when healthy to be considered a No. 1 Fantasy running back. Expect his name to be called among the first 15 on Draft Day.
|P1||8/7/14||@ SD||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/23/14||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|2||9/14/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ STL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/23/14||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|14||12/4/14||@ CHI||8:25 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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