RB Phillip Tanner, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 218, Born: 8-8-1988, College: Middle Tennessee State, Drafted: ---
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - In limited backup duty to Demarco Murray, Tanner managed to do more harm than good with a fumble in the second quarter. After spelling Murray with a short reception, Tanner promptly fumbled on the next snap, which Dallas was fortunate to recover. Murray is the clear starter and there was rarely a snap without him on the field this week against the Giants and Tanner did nothing to earn more playing time in the near future.
Week 3 - Tanner did not see action until the middle of the fourth quarter when the game against St.Louis was already decided. He struggled to gain yards on the Rams defense as they crowded the line of scrimmage during the clock-killing stretch. Tanner was clearly behind Lance Dunbar in the pecking order and did little to impress with his limited touches.
Week 6 - Tanner saw a solitary carry against Washington where he converted a third-and-short situation. Joseph Randle saw a majority of the touches after DeMarco Murray left with a knee injury.
Week 7 - With DeMarco Murray out against the Eagles, Joseph Randle was the starter, but Tanner remained in his typical small role. He was the short-yardage option, converting a goal line attempt for a touchdown and getting stopped in the backfield on a third down early in the game. In relief of Randle, Tanner saw a screen pass in the closing minutes of the first half, which gains a handful of yards. When the game was still in doubt at 10-0, a Tony Romo throw that was high and behind Tanner over the middle was intercepted. Tanner was not asked to do much, even with Murray out of the lineup, and he had middling results.
Week 8 - Tanner was still the third running back on the depth chart even with DeMarco Murray out with an injury against the Lions. Tanner, usually a short-yardage option, surprised the defense with a swing pass out of the backfield in the first quarter, his most noteworthy contribution. Tanner came wide open to convert third down as Dallas flipped their typical play-calling with the power back in the backfield.