RB Lance Dunbar - Free Agent

5-8, 191Born: 1-25-1990College: North TexasDrafted: ---

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2017 Week 17 vs SF (6 / 20 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Lance Dunbar was the change of pace back for the Rams and saw the goal-line work this week. The veteran made the most of his limited opportunities finding the end-zone on a 8-yard rush in the fourth quarter. Outside of this, Dunbar saw very limited work as he was not involved in the passing game outside of a one-yard dump off pass.

2015 Week 1 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 70 / 0 rec)

Dunbar saw the most snaps of Dallas running backs and the primary option in Dallas' hurry up offense. He motioned out as a receiver multiple times and the Cowboys had set plays to get Dunbar the ball in space. In addition to maintaining control through contact on a tough third down reception in the red zone, Dunbar was instrumental on Dallas' game-winning drive in the closing two minutes. A huge gain to midfield, followed by another chunk gain as the Giants defense sagged in a deep shell put Dallas into position for the Week 1 victory.

2015 Week 2 vs PHI (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was active as a receiver against the Eagles, regularly lining up split out from the formation. On two occasions, Dunbar beat man coverage on deep routes. The first was against quality cover linebacker Mychal Kendricks with the ball just out of reach for Dunbar on the long potential touchdown. In the second half Dunbar got loose down the sidelines, locating the ball over his outside shoulder for the outstanding deep reception. Later in the game Dunbar exhibited a strong stiff arm on a reception in the flat, coming up just short of the first down marker. Dunbar's only notable play on the ground came on a give-up play call on third-and-down. With Dez Bryant out of the lineup, look for Dunbar to continue his work as a receiver.

2015 Week 3 vs ATL (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 10 / 10 / 100 / 0 rec)

Dunbar had one of his finest games in the NFL with 10 receptions against Atlanta. Dunbar consistently beat single coverage over the middle as Brandon Weeden's outlet target. When in hurry-up mode, Dunbar did most of his damage, seeing exclusive backfield snaps and his highlight play. Dunbar spun away from the defender all the way down to the one-yard-line in the final minutes of the first half. Three receptions late in the fourth quarter padded Dunbar's stat line as Dallas attempted to close the two-score deficit with underneath receptions.

2015 Week 4 vs NO (3 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar had an expanded role against New Orleans as the primary backup, over Darren McFadden, on the opening drives. Typically a passing down specialist, Dunbar exceled on the ground with two long gains in the opening half. After a strong first half, Dunbar injured his knee on the opening kickoff of the second half. The team fears a torn ACL and MCL. Dunbar had the third-most targets on the season for Dallas. Expect Cole Beasley and Jason Witten to pick up the underneath route slack as Joseph Randle has not been a high-rate receiving option in his career, Darren McFadden does not offer much open field appeal anymore, and Christine Michael has yet to be used much in passing situations in his career to-date.

2014 Week 1 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was impactful with his limited playing time, eluding defenders in the open field after receptions. On back to back catches in the first quarter, Dunbar shook free from multiple defenders. On the second, he nearly scored after a sharp jump cut. Dunbar did not see a carry against the 49ers and starter DeMarco Murray rarely left the field even late in the game.

2014 Week 2 vs TEN (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar soaked up double-digit carries in the comfortable road win in Tennessee, a shift from his expected passing game role. Most of Dunbar's production came deep in the fourth quarter, showing off a stutter step on one carry, then converting a third down to essentially end the game. His best chance for a score came on a red zone toss play that was stuffed by the Titans defensive pursuit.

2014 Week 4 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was active in the pass game against the Saints. On one occasion, Dunbar was lined up in the slot and easily beat linebacker coverage on a slant route. Later on a screen pass, Dunbar showed patience and tip-toed up the sideline for a long gain into the red zone. Dunbar showed burst and natural hands with his situational role behind DeMarco Murray.

2014 Week 6 vs SEA (1 / -4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was efficient with his touches as a receiver this week against Seattle. On three occasions the defense left Dunbar alone on third-and-long situations as he broke off long gains each time. All of Dunbar's impact came in the first half as DeMarco Murray dominated the touches over the final 30 minutes.

2014 Week 7 vs NYG (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeMarco Murray was out of the lineup at times with an ankle injury and limited in the second half, but Dunbar remained a situational player. The play designs when Dunbar sees a carry is rarely between the tackles, indicating Dunbar as a satellite player. Joseph Randle continues to see more interior work than Dunbar when both are healthy.

2014 Week 8 vs WAS (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Dunbar saw minimal playing time, but showed a nice burst on an outside run to convert third-and-short. In addition, Dunbar converted a dump off reception into a first down during Dallas' two-minute drill against Washington this week.

2014 Week 9 vs ARI (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 52 / 0 rec)

Dunbar saw the bulk of the relief duties over Joseph Randle when DeMarco Murray needed a breather against Arizona. Dunbar was primarily used on the perimeter, including his highlight play in the first quarter. Dallas' offensive line sprung Dunbar into the open field on a screen pass to convert third-and-long and shift field position. Two toss plays in the middle of the game were stuffed by the defense prior to Dunbar logging 20 yards on two touches in garbage time. With Joseph Randle seeing minimal playing time, Dunbar gets a projected boost if DeMarco Murray were to miss time.

2014 Week 10 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Dunbar had a minimal pass-catching role against Jacksonville as Joseph Randle saw the rushing attempts behind DeMarco Murray. Both receptions for Dunbar came on third downs and for short gains. Dunbar has not been impressive in his limited opportunities, while Joseph Randle continues to flash. If Murray were to go down, Randle is the favorite for a significant uptick in playing time, not Dunbar.

2014 Week 12 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)

Dunbar rarely saw the field behind starter DeMarco Murray against the Giants, but did the most with his singular touch on offense. Dunbar turned up field for 26 yards on a well-blocked screen pass. Dunbar has been used in the passing game far more than fellow reserve Joseph Randle, but less between the tackles. Look for a committee situation if Murray were to miss time down the stretch.

2014 Week 13 vs PHI (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar saw minimal playing time as the pass-catching option behind DeMarco Murray. He was in the game on a critical third down play and promptly stuffed on an outside toss. Later in the second half Dunbar gained 14 yards on a draw play. He remains a role player with little upside.

2014 Week 16 vs IND (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Dunbar saw minimal playing time when the game was in doubt as Joseph Randle is the clear backup behind DeMarco Murray. His lone play of note against the Colts was shedding an initial defender following a flat route reception, turning up field for an extra 10 yards. Dunbar's lack of between-the-tackles acumen has left him clearly third on the Dallas depth chart and in a pass-catching role.

2014 Week 17 vs WAS (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar broke off an 80-yard touchdown run on a well-blocked draw play late in the first half. It was called back by a Jason Witten holding penalty at the point of attack. Dunbar saw minimal playing outside of that flash play that did not make the box score.

2013 Week 2 vs KC (1 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

After missing Week 1, Dunbar was back as the primary backup behind Demarco Murray. Dunbar saw limited action, but made an impact on both of his offensive touches. In the mid-third quarter, Dunbar eluded the first defender and incorporated a spin move into a big gain on the ground. On his second and final touch Dunbar fumbled after a short reception, stalling a promising drive.

2013 Week 3 vs STL (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As the primary backup, Dunbar saw more work than usual as DeMarco Murray piled up early yards in an easy Dallas victory. Dunbar had two touches before the fourth quarter, but killed the clock late in the game. He got to the perimeter to convert a third down in the fourth quarter, allowing the Cowboys to run the clock. Dunbar showed well with his agility, moreso than Philip Tanner, in this game as a well-rounded reserve option.

2013 Week 4 vs SD (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar saw little action against the Chargers behind starter DeMarco Murray. On his lone touch, Dunbar showed patience at the line of scrimmage, gaining seven yards on a toss play late in the second quarter.

2013 Week 8 vs DET (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was back in the mix after missing a few games with injury. Joseph Randle was the fill-in starter with DeMarco Murray out of the lineup with Dunbar being the primary backup against Detroit. Dunbar had limited opportunities, but impressed with great balance and burst. Dunbar fared much better against the penetrating defensive front than Randle, spins away from the first defender on multiple occasions and running with power when engaged. It was a solid performance for Dunbar in his return to action.

2013 Week 9 vs MIN (3 / -6 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was the primary backup to DeMarco Murray against the Vikings, getting six touches to Murray's ten. Dunbar looked to have his familiar burst and lateral agility in his second game back from injury. Minnesota's defense was quick to contain Dunbar when he was in space; the pursuit was fast as Dunbar served as an outlet receiver on multiple occasions. Two times Dunbar was stuffed for big losses before he even got started with deep interior penetration by the defensive line.

2013 Week 12 vs NYG (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was active as the primary backup to DeMarco Murray. Holes were consistently available on the ground as Dallas did a good job against the Giants' active defensive front. Dunbar looked fresh and agility as he had three big gains on his limited touches. Dunbar's vision and ability to get skinny through small opening are his biggest strengths. Dunbar's skill in the passing game would be his greatest asset if pressed into a larger role with a Murray injury.

2013 Week 13 vs OAK (12 / 82 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was impressive with his 13 touches and largely outplayed starter DeMarco Murray. In the third quarter, when Dallas found their groove on offense, Dunbar was a main contributor. Dunbar was shifty between the tackles and showed a strong burst through the line of scrimmage. The playing time split at running back was 50-50 in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter. With five minutes to play, Dunbar took a hit to his knee, forcing him to the sidelines for the remainder of the game. This was by far Dunbar's best performance of the season. Unfortunately, it was confirmed that Dunbar will miss the rest of the season as a result of the injury sustained in this game.

2012 Week 9 vs ATL (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar helped spell Felix Jones in the running game on Sunday night against the Falcons. He carried the ball 8 times for 26 hard-earned yards. The Cowboys ran Dunbar equally on sweeps and interior runs. He does not have explosive speed but was still able to plow forward for modest gains on each his runs. Dunbar does not show great vision or agility, but he is quick to the hole and is able to drive forward through the first point of contact. Dunbar also returned punts for the Cowboys against the Falcons.

2012 Week 10 vs PHI (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As Felix Jones primary backup in the running game, Dunbar carried five times, gaining positive yardage on four carries. Dunbar is not a particularly explosive runner but he does show good leg churn in traffic and does not try to freelance behind the line of scrimmage. His best run came on a five yard carry off guard at midfield that showed him hit the hole hard and continue running with a forward lean as he was brought down by Trent Cole.

2012 Week 11 vs CLE (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Dunbar had seven total touches as the second running back this week. He was the back of choice in overtime for two important runs to improve field goal position. During regulation, he gained what was blocked and was generally unimpressive. He did not flash much in this game to keep a prominent role when Demarco Murray returns from injury.

2012 Week 12 vs WAS (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Backing up Felix Jones, Dunbar registered one carry for eight yards and three catches for twenty-one yards. The rookie from North Texas actually led all Cowboys running backs with six targets, as a desperate Tony Romo often looked to check down with the pocket frequently collapsing and the offense in hurry-up mode.