RB DeMarco Murray, Free agent

HT: 5-10, WT: 213, Born: 2-12-1988, College: Oklahoma, Drafted: Round 3

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2014 Projections

GRSHYDY/RTDRECYDY/RTDFPT
David Dodds15.0220.09684.48.044.03177.22.0189
Bob Henry15.0225.010904.88.056.03806.81.0201
Jason Wood16.0240.011104.68.045.03257.22.0204
Maurile Tremblay16.0218.010985.08.050.03727.41.0201

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: D Bryant (11), A Green (12), DeMarco Murray (13), M Ball (14), B Marshall (15)
Position: E Lacy (6-RB5), M Lynch (10-RB6), DeMarco Murray (13 - RB7), M Ball (14-RB8), G Bernard (19-RB9)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: P Manning (10), A Green (11), DeMarco Murray (12), J Jones (13), B Marshall (14)
Position: M Forte (4-RB4), E Lacy (6-RB5), DeMarco Murray (12 - RB6), G Bernard (15-RB7), M Ball (16-RB8)
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Outlook

We may never see DeMarco Murray become a 300+ carry running game workhorse, but last year he gave fantasy owners enough to matter. Murray finished as a top 10 fantasy RB in all formats by rushing for 1,121 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also caught an impressive 53 passes for 350 yards. Murray need only stay healthy to return RB1 numbers again in 2014; after all, the Cowboys are 11-0 in games Murray has run at least 20 times. He's got great size, instincts, and showed last year an ability to gain tough yards after contact. He's the total package.


2014 Schedule

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2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - More than an impact player, Murray was a sustaining element in the Dallas offense against the Giants this week. He amassed 28 total touches, gaining yards primarily by lowering his pads and running through defenders after contact. As the Giants secondary limited the downfield chances in the passing game, Murray saw ten targets, second to only Miles Austin on the day. There were no goal line opportunities of note for the Dallas ground game as Murray was the clear workhorse back with only two running back touches going to a player other than Murray. While the Cowboys are a pass-heavy team by nature, their 68-32 pass-run ratio in this game was more slanted than can be expected in games where they are leading.

Week 2 - Murray had a tough day against the Chiefs. On the ground, there were few holes at the point of attack and Murray commonly ran into contact. He lowered his shoulders for an extra yard or two at the end of interior runs instead of eluding oncoming defenders. Most of his rushing attempts ended as soon as they started, including his lone goal line attempt. At the half, Murray totaled just eight rushes for 16 yards. Murray saw far more room in the passing game in the second half as he ended the day as the second-leading receiver for Dallas. Despite the Cowboys being in the game score-wise for all but the close seconds, the passing game, not Murray, was the sustaining element to move the ball.

Week 3 - Murray had shades of his 2012 breakout game against St.Louis as he dominated the Dallas game plan this week. From the outset the Rams defensive line struggled to gain any penetration or set the perimeter against Murray in the run game. Murray gained chunks of yardage with regularity as he had 86 rushing yards by the end of the first quarter alone. He ran through arm tackles at the end of runs, but often gained five or more yards before there was a defender in his path. The Dallas offensive line had a great day. His 175-yard with a touchdown performance could have been much bigger as he was stopped twice at the goal line on an early drive, one a shoestring tackle, another a spin move that did not work inside the five-yard-line. In the second half, Murray had a big gain called back by penalty which would have put him close to 200 yards on the day. All of his production came through three quarters as Lance Dunbar and Philip Tanner had mop-up duty in the fourth quarter. This was a game where Murray could have set records if Dallas had chosen to give him enough carries.

Week 4 - It was a ho-hum game for Murray as he saw 14-of-15 running back carries against San Diego. He gained what was blocked, but little more on the ground. On a handful of carries the offensive line opened a clear running lane for Murray, but the back did not create on his own with any regularity. In the passing game, Murray, along with Jason Witten, was a safety blanket for Tony Romo. With the Cowboys trailing for most of the fourth quarter, Murray saw little action late in the game. There were no goal line carries for Murray and he did not have a chance for a touchdown on any touch in this game.

Week 5 - In a game that featured nearly 100 total points, Murray was one of the few players with a relatively quiet performance. Murray totaled just 48 yards and was held in check outside of two well-blocked carries in the game. Yards after contact were tough to come by and Murray was not active in the passing game despite over 500 yards through the air for the Cowboys. Murray lowered his shoulder on his touchdown carry as he met a defender at the goal line. He had another opportunity for a score on a red zone carry, but stumbled in the open field following a sharp cut at the second-level of the defense.

Week 6 - Murray was a featured element of the Cowboys offense early in the game. He was active on the opening drive, which Murray capped off with a short touchdown run. He had nine touches by the middle of the second quarter, but a knee injury sidelined Murray for the rest of the game. His status next week is up in the air. Murray made it through five games and a quarter of action until this injury. It opened the door for Joseph Randle to see significant work as Dallas controlled the clock in the second half against Washington.

Week 9 - In Murray’s first game back after a knee injury, he saw a limited amount of work as Dallas relied on the short passing game against Minnesota. Murray had seven first half touches for 44 yards, but was nearly invisible in the final 30 minutes. Lance Dunbar saw more work with Murray on the sidelines. Murray was efficient with his touches, however, showing patience at the line-of-scrimmage before cutting past a linebacker for a big gain on the ground. He also converted a third-and-short situation with great leverage. On an outlet reception in the first half, Murray cut all the way across the field, picking up blockers along the way, for a first down when little running room was available. Murray’s knee injury did not appear to limit him in the first half nor did he sustain a hit that slowed him, but his snap count and involvement in the offense waned in the second half. He came up short on a third down rushing attempt and gained minimal yardage on an outlet reception later in the game. With just ten touches and no red zone work, it was a non-descript performance for Murray in an advantageous matchup against Minnesota.

Week 10 - Murray was the lone bright spot for a Dallas offense that struggled to piece together successful plays all game in New Orleans. Murray had most of his carries early in the game as the Saints raced out to a huge lead by halftime. Dallas’ offensive line and tight ends were able to seal the edge for perimeter runs with regularity and Murray took advantage with a gallop of 35 yards on his biggest play of the game, running through arm tackles along the way. Murray appeared back to full strength, decisively cutting and lowering his shoulder for additional yardage between the tackles. On Dallas’ lone sustained drive, Murray was the centerpiece, getting around the corner on a draw play for the red zone touchdown. This game marked Murray’s highest carry total since Week three. With Murray healthy going into Dallas’ bye week, he is in-line for a high volume of usage with better game scripts against the Giants and Raiders.

Week 12 - Murray had a solid, but unspectacular, day against the Giants. New York’s defense has been playing much better since their Week one matchup against Dallas and the big plays were limited. Murray was able to run through arm tackles with regularity and had his burst back to gain the edge on an outside running play. Dallas’ offensive line occasional got a good push, which allowed four or five yards before Murray initiated contact. Murray was a needed sustaining element to the offense on two drives and an outlet receiver that Romo used when the Giants dialed up the pass rush. While there were no goal line opportunities for Murray, or the Dallas offense as a whole, it was a solid performance for Murray and he emerged without an injury heading into their annual Thanksgiving game.

Week 13 - It was tough-sledding on the ground for Murray against Oakland. His effort after initial contact was high as usual, but he was consistently engaged in the backfield by an active Raiders front seven. At the goal line and in short-yardage situations, however, Murray and the offensive line were at their best. Murray converted all three of his goal line carries, two with great blocking in front of him. Late in the game, Murray converted both third-and-one opportunities to keep the clock moving. On the final drive, Murray had an impressive stiff arm in addition to two strong runs as he got to the perimeter for big gains. Lance Dunbar was in a near 50-50 split on the field with Murray in the second half prior to leaving the game with an injury. Murray saw the field exclusively late in the contest with Dunbar available. In the passing game, Murray was active; catching all five of his targets, but was not able to break into the open field.

Week 14 - Murray took full advantage of a good matchup against Chicago. He was the centerpiece of Dallas’ offensive successes early in the game. Murray saw four straight rushes to open the game for 37 yards and over 50 total yards on the first drive. The running lanes were plentiful and Murray’s burst easily got him to the second level to lower his shoulder at the end of his attempts. On the first three drives (two resulting in Dallas touchdowns) Murray amassed 99 rushing yards. Dallas did not sustain many drives in the second half, limiting Murray’s opportunities at a huge game. In the end, Chicago showed little resistance and Murray averaged over eight yards per carry. With a closer game in the second half, 200 or more rushing yards were in the cards for Murray. Joseph Randle saw exclusive carries in the final minutes of the blowout loss.

Week 15 - Murray looked sharp from the first snap of the game, cutting well and showing power to finish his runs hard. The offensive line routinely got push against Green Bay’s front seven and Murray’s burst gained yards to the perimeter. In the first quarter alone, Murray had nearly 80 yards on the ground as he was rarely obstructed before five yards downfield. Before the half, Murray converted a goal line carry and he was on his way to a huge game. Despite Dallas having a 26-3 halftime lead, they abandoned the run game. After the Cowboys scored on the opening possession of the third quarter, they ran the ball just three times the rest of the game. Murray was red hot as the centerpiece of the offense, but rarely saw the ball after his impressive start. As Dallas squandered their big lead, Murray’s frustration was visible as he ripped his helmet off and yelled in disgust as the team abandoned the run game. Murray had 22 touches for the game and over 150 total yards, but the early dominance of the Dallas rushing attack had Murray poised for well over 200 yards.

Week 16 - Murray saw more than 20 touches for the fourth straight game against Washington. Outside of breaking a huge 40-yard gain in the second quarter, it was tough sledding inside for Murray on the day. After converting a goal line carry early in the game, Murray was stuffed on two straight attempts late in the game after being tackled at the one-yard-line to set up the offense in scoring range. On third-and-goal from the one-yard-line, with Dallas trailing by six points, Murray made an egregious error. As Washington penetrated the line of scrimmage, Murray backtracked and reversed his field in the backfield, only to lose nearly 10 yards. That set up the play of the game, a fourth-and-goal from outside the 10-yard-line. Murray redeemed himself with a reception in the flat that he took into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

Week 17 - Most of Murray’s success against the Eagles came in the first half. He was active in the passing game and showed power finishing his runs with a lowered shoulder and helmet. Murray had three gains of at least 10 yards in the game, accounting for much of his production. He had a fumble on Dallas’ opening possession of the game, stalling a drive in field goal range. After that loose carry, Murray made a concerted effort to wrap two hands around the ball to finish runs. As the game progressed to more passing in the second half, Murray’s involvement waned. However, he did convert a third down toss play where he accelerated to the corner. On a similar play later in the second half, Murray came up just short of the first down marker. Murray closed the season with his five straight game of 20 or more touches and 90 or more total yards.