DeMarco Murray ready for larger role in Cowboys offense


The Dallas Cowboys have been a passing team in recent years. Fans and analysts alike have wondered why the Cowboys have been so slow to turn to the run, even while ahead.

DeMarco Murray will again be the Cowboys lead running back this season and the 26-year-old wants everyone to know that he is ready for whatever is handed to him.

“If they decide to do that with me, of course,” Murray told, about an expanded workload. “Whatever they decide to do with me, I think I can handle it.”

Murray has shown bursts of talent when on the field but staying on the field has been another problem. He totaled 217 carries last season, the most in his NFL career.

“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,” said Murray. “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.”

The Cowboys hired former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan this offseason. How much of a reliance they show to the run remains a question. Getting 300 carries would place Murray in company with bellcows LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch.

Murray appeared in 14 games in 2013 earning a Pro Bowl selection and finishing the year with a career best 1,121 yards with a 5.2 average while finding the endzone nine times.