RB Phillip Tanner - Free Agent

6-0, 218Born: 8-8-1988College: Middle Tennessee StateDrafted: ---

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Game Recaps

2013 Week 1 vs NYG (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 3 vs STL (3 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 6 vs WAS (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 7 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 8 vs DET (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

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.

2012 Week 4 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Phllip Tanner only got into this game during the garbage time on the final series of the game for Dallas. The game was already out of reach, and the Cowboys had already pulled most of their starters. With the Bears coming on every pass, Kyle Orton checked down to Tanner on three of his ten passes on that drive. Tanner had a short gain on the first pass, the second one bounced off of his hands and the third was a nice catch and run for 15 yards.

2012 Week 7 vs CAR (13 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Tanner plays like a bull in a china shop when he has the football in his hands, knocking defenders back and forcing defenders to make awkward tackles. Nothing Tanner did was extremely impressive, but his running style resulted in a couple of first downs late on. He will remain the third string back when Murray returns, but could challenge Jones at some point in the future.

2012 Week 8 vs NYG (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Philip Tanner got almost no work on Sunday against the Giants but didn't look any worse than Jones at times. The Cowboys struggle to run the ball when RB Murray is not in the lineup and the pass happy offense on Sunday was focused around getting the ball to Bryant/Witten and Austin. Tanner could not steal carries away even from the unimpressive RB Jones and really should not see fantasy play at all.

2011 Week 7 vs STL (6 / 34 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

His touchdown came in garbage time, but Tanner looked like a better runner than Tashard Choice on his six carries. He is a name to remember being only a Demarco Murray injury from significant playing time in a running game that is finding itself.

2011 Week 10 vs BUF (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Tanner came in to spell Murray at times early in the game, but saw most of his work late in the game as Dallas tried to run out the clock. Tanner did not show much of a burst but he is a physical runner who will fight for every yard he can get.