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29 DeMarco Murray RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/217 | Birthdate: 2/12/1988 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 14.40
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DeMarco Murray on pace for 408 carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has carried the ball 51 times, the most for any two-game span in his career, reports ESPN.com. He's on pace for 408 carries after never having run more than 217 times in a season.

"We feel like DeMarco is a durable football player who can take the pounding of being the primary running back for the Cowboys, so we're going to give him opportunities to do that," coach Jason Garrett said. "He seems to relish in getting the work, so that's a good thing. He seems to get better as the game goes on with more carries, and that's what all the good backs that I've ever been around have."

Murray has yet to play a full season, missing 11 games over his first three years. The NFL record for carries is 416, set by Larry Johnson in 2006 with the Chiefs.


Cowboys still want to sign DeMarco Murray to long-term deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said in July the team didn't have any plans to carry on in-season contract negotiations with running back DeMarco Murray.

However, with Murray's fast start to the season, the Cowboys might be willing to change their stance, per The Dallas Morning News.

"We certainly wouldn’t be against that," Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "Long term, we’ve told DeMarco that we’d love to have him here. At the end of the day, it’s no different than Dez [Bryant], we want to keep our good players and DeMarco is one of them. I think I said something to that effect in camp. He’s a guy that we would like to see stay here long term. He’s certainly only increased our desire to have him stay."


DeMarco Murray doesn't let early fumble ruin his day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray bounced back from an early fumble Sunday to star in a 26-10 win Week 2 at Tennessee. Murray rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 29 carries, and added one catch for 6 yards in the win.

Murray had an inauspicious start to the game, losing a fumble on his fourth carry. The football was knocked out of his hands by his own teammate, who was blocked into Murray on the play.

But Murray didn't let the fumble ruin his afternoon. He rebounded to rush for 115 yards by halftime, which included a 3-yard touchdown run to put Dallas up 10-0 in the second quarter. Murray would finish with the ninth 100-yard rushing performance of his career and second straight to open the 2014 season. His longest rush went 22 yards.

The Cowboys are back in action Week 3 at St. Louis.


DeMarco Murray the lone bright spot for Cowboys


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was the team's lone bright spot Week 1 against the 49ers.

Murray gained 118 yards on 22 carries during the game. It wasn't all good, as Murray fumbled on his first carry of the game. The 49ers would return the fumble for a touchdown, putting Dallas down almost immediately. That play didn't seem to bother Murray, who came out with four solid runs on the next drive. 

Murray consistently found holes in the 49ers defense. He eventually scored on touchdown in the third quarter. With the team two yards away, Murray plunged in a score. With the club trailing by 18, Murray only received two carries in the fourth quarter. He also caught three passes for 25 yards.

Murray will take on the Titans Week 2.


DeMarco Murray to have his hands full Week 1?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray should have his hands full Week 1 against the 49ers.

Murray made it through the preseason healthy, which is all that matters for the back. Murray carried the ball just 14 times in August, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. When healthy, he’s proven to be one of the more talented runners in the league.

The Cowboys are hoping his talent shines Week 1. San Francisco was pretty effective defending the run last year. The 49ers allowed 14.00 Fantasy points to opposing running backs. That was the seventh-best figure in the league. 

The 49ers, however, lost a fair amount of talent on defense during the offseason. Both Glenn Dorsey and NaVorro Bowman will miss Week 1 with injuries, and Aldon Smith is out due to a suspension. That could open up more running lanes for Murray.

The uncertainty with San Francisco’s defense makes Murray a much more intriguing start. While the 49ers have held down running backs in the past, the club seems vulnerable now. That makes Murray a worthwhile start Week 1.


Coach: DeMarco Murray 'leader of a committee'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that he sees running back DeMarco Murray as "the leader of a committee, but boy he's got bellcow traits." La Canfora predicts Murray will get the ball "a ton."

If he stays healthy, Murray should surpass the career-high 270 touches he got last year.


DeMarco Murray 'strong and decisive' in camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has looked "strong and decisive in camp" and is primed for another 1,000-yard season, reports ESPN.com. He'd become the first Dallas back to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since Emmitt Smith in 2000-01.

The website noted "something clicked in him late last season and he stopped leaving yards on the field." Murray also will have the benefit of playing behind Dallas' best offensive line since 2007.


Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray to miss preseason opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) It appears the Cowboys will not only be without quarterback Tony Romo for Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers, but running back DeMarco Murray and tight end Jason Witten will also be held out, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Though, the absence of Murray and Witten are not expected to be injury related.

If all three players are sidelined, it will be the second straight season the team opted to sit Romo, Witten and Murray in the preseason opener.


DeMarco Murray won't get extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and the team has no plans to discuss an extension with him.

"I think we'll kind of see how his year goes and we'll go from there," chief operating officer Stephen Jones told the Dallas Morning News. "He's the type of player we want on our team. He's young and he had a good year last year, but I think he's betting that he's going to have a great year, and I hope he does."

Murray, 26, is scheduled to make $1.4 million in base salary after a Pro Bowl season in which he rushed for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He said he's not going to get distracted by his contract status.

"I'm going to continue to play like I've played and come here like I have been," Murray said. "I don't worry about that, and it really doesn't matter to me, to be honest with you."


DeMarco Murray ready for big workload, but will he get it?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray told Fox Sports he can handle 300 carries if necessary. "If they decide to do that with me, of course," Murray said. "Whatever they decide to do with me, I think I can handle it."

Murray ran 217 times in 14 games last year, the biggest workload of his three-year career. If he stays healthy, he's a lock to approach 250 carries. Play caller Scott Linehan is in love with the passing game but has said he'll lean on Murray in 2014.

For his part, Murray said he's learning how to stay healthy -- and stay on the field.

"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," he said. "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."


Scott Linehan: We'll lean on DeMarco Murray more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Despite his track record as a pass-heavy coordinator, new Cowboys play-caller Scott Linehan vowed to lean on running back DeMarco Murray more than the team has in the past, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray set career highs in games played (14), carries (217), rushing yards (1,121) and touchdowns (10) last year.

Dallas is 11-0 when Murray gets 20 or more carries. The paper expects Lance Dunbar to complement Murray as a receiving threat out of the backfield.


Linehan believes DeMarco Murray will have a career year


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) Cowboys passing game coordinator Scott Linehan believes that DeMarco Murray will have "the best year of his career" in 2014. In saying that, he also believes that Murray will need to be spelled by quality backups.

But ESPN thinks Murray, so long as he's healthy, will dominate the playing time. The Cowboys have never lost a game when Murray gets at least 20 carries (11-0). 


Scott Linehan: Cowboys can run whenever we want


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Cowboys playcaller Scott Linehan said his offensive line is so good, Dallas can run even against stacked fronts, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"This is a great young front," Linehan told the paper. "It was already an offensive line that was really meshing and playing well. We don’t have to have this certain look to run the ball. We feel like we can line up and say, ‘Hey, if they’re going to drop guys into the box, we still feel like we’ve got the guys that can get it done.’ And then that helps everything. That opens everything on the outside of the field."

The Cowboys spent three first-round picks in the last four years on offensive linemen. DeMarco Murray averaged 5.2 yards per carry last season, the highest average of any back who carried at least 120 times.


Coach: DeMarco Murray has 'scratched the surface'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown is staunchly in the corner of running back DeMarco Murray, saying that last year was just the beginning of big things from him. 

"He's just scratched the surface," Brown told the official team website. "I think he's one of the better backs in the league -- he just has to go out and prove it now. People now know his name, he's been in the Pro Bowl -- people are going to know who he is. So now it's more of a challenge to go out and play well, and I think he's going to go out and take that challenge full force and have another good season."

Brown added that spending another year in coach Bill Callahan's system that helped him in the second half of the 2012 season will pay off. 

Murray finished last year as a Top 10 Fantasy running back and hit 10-plus Fantasy points in six of his last seven games. His injury history is enough to make some squeamish about taking him as a first-round pick but the reality is that he will get enough touches and yardage when healthy to be considered a No. 1 Fantasy running back. Expect his name to be called among the first 15 on Draft Day. 


DeMarco Murray picks up bonus money


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) As he enters the final year of his rookie deal, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray triggered an escalator clause in his contract and will earn nearly $1.4 million in 2014.

ESPN noted the salary surplus, earned because he hit a "proven performance escalator" for being on the field for at least 35 percent of the snaps in three seasons, a standard clause in any player's contract who was drafted in Round 3 or later. 

Murray rushed for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns and added 350 yards on 53 catches with a score. All of the numbers were career-highs for Murray, who played in a career-high 14 games. Murray will be in a contract year in 2014.


DeMarco Murray shouldn't worry about workload


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell said Cowboys fans shouldn't worry about whether DeMarco Murray will get the ball next season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Though Scott Linehan may be thought of as a pass-happy coach, Bell said that's not the case. "We started running the ball a little more this year," Bell said. "From the beginning of the season to the end of the season, [Linehan] was committed to the run, and as long as you're producing." Bell did admit that when the running game didn't work, Linehan would go away from it. When asked whether Murray will get carries, Bell responded by saying, "he doesn't have to be worried. "If he produces, he's going to run the ball."


Report: DeMarco Murray unlikely to get extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) DeMarco Murray, the first Cowboys running back to run for 1,000 yards since 2006, isn't likely to receive a contract extension this offseason, reports ESPN.com. Murray is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is slated to earn $755, 469.

Owner expresses some concern about DeMarco Murray


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed some concern about running back DeMarco Murray's injury history, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Murray was recently announced as a Pro Bowl replacement, causing owner Jerry Jones to express some caution. Jones said he was "troubled" by Murray's injury history. Jones expressed that though he's nervous about Murray's penchant for injuries, he doesn't see the team addressing the position this offseason. Murray missed two games this season, but has missed 11 games over his career. 


DeMarco Murray averages 3.0 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ended 2013 on a downer, carrying 17 times for 51 yards and losing a fumble in the loss to the Eagles. It was Murray's only lost fumble this year.

Targeted seven times, Murray caught five passes for 39 yards. He was unable to break a big play. Murray finishes 2013 with 1,124 rushing yards, 53 catches and 10 total touchdowns. All are easily career highs for the third-year back.


Surging DeMarco Murray to be featured Week 17


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Since Week 10, the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray ranks No. 3 among Fantasy running backs.

He has seven touchdowns in that six-game span and has upped his season average to 5.4 yards per carry while becoming the franchise's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006. Overall he's the No. 7 Fantasy back despite missing two games with a knee sprain.

After failing to feed Murray enough in the Week 15 loss to Green Bay, the Cowboys gave him 11 carries in the fourth quarter, and 25 total touches, last week at Washington. Murray delivered 96 rushing yards and a touchdown and the game-winning 10-yard touchdown catch.

In Week 17 Murray, who did not play Week 7 at Philadelphia, faces an Eagles defense giving up the 12th-fewest Fantasy points to running backs. RBs average 3.7 yards per carry vs. Philly. In four of the past six games, running backs have not recorded any rushing touchdowns vs. Philly.

But with Kyle Orton expected to start at quarterback, Murray is likely to get a big workload and several targets. He's a high-end RB1 Sunday night.


DeMarco Murray picks up two scores Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray scored two times Week 16 againt Washington.

Murray was a threat on the ground and through the air. He finished the game with 22 rushes for 96 yards and a score, and added 3 catches for 15 yards and a score. Murray nearly ran himself out of his second score. He had multiple tries from the 1 yard line to push the ball in, but wound up losing 9 yards on third down. On fourth down, Tony Romo found Murray on a broken play, giving him the receiving touchdown. 

Murray will take on the Eagles Week 17.


DeMarco Murray looking at a strong matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is facing a strong matchup Week 16 against Washington.

Washington has been one of the worst teams against running backs this season, allowing opposing rushers to average 22 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team leads the league with 21 rushing touchdowns allowed. The first time the two teams met this season, Murray was limited to 29 rushing yards, but did manage to score a touchdown. The team later punched in a second rushing touchdown, but it went to Joseph Randle.

Murray has been on a roll for the Cowboys in recent weeks. After scoring three rushing touchdowns Week 12, Murray has accumulated 280 rushing yards over his past two games. Washington hasn't shown anything to suggest they can stop that hot streak, which could lead to Murray having a big game. He's a strong start in most leagues.


DeMarco Murray stopped not by Rams, but by coordinator


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan did Sunday what the Rams could not. He stopped Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray ran around and through St. Louis tacklers in the first half for 93 yards on just 11 carries. including a 1-yard touchdown run that gave his team a 26-3 halftime lead. One figured he could wind up with 200 on the ground as Dallas milked the clock the rest of the way.

One figured wrong. Callahan, whom Jason Garrett insisted was the one who called for pass after pass in the second half as the lead melted away, allowed the Rams an opportunity to come back. The result was a shocking 37-36 defeat and just seven carries for 41 yards for Murray after intermission. The angered back declined to speak to the media when it was over.

Murray opened with an 11-yard run and added a 41-yard jaunt in the middle of the first quarter that tied his season long. He had already rushed for 77 yards just 14 minutes into the game. but he had just 11 attempts thereafter. He finished with 134 yards on the ground and four catches for 19 more.

He could run wild next Sunday against a porous Washington defense - if given the opportunity.


DeMarco Murray should maintain Fantasy stud status against Packers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) It would be nice for Fantasy owners of DeMarco Murray if he received the number of carries worthy of his production. He's a point machine even with limited work.

The 18 handoffs Murray took on Monday night against Chicago represented his highest total since Week 3, which is a shame because he has been running wild. Murray rushed for 146 yards against the porous Bears run defense for an 8.1 average. He has averaged at least 5.6 YPC in four of his last five games.

Week 15 opponent Green Bay is also weak against the run. They rank 25th in the NFL in yards given up on the ground (1,594) and in average yards per carry (4.4).

Murray is a consistent point producer, though his production as a pass-catcher has been sporadic. He is ranked between fourth and sixth among NFL running backs this week by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. 

One note of caution, however. The Cowboys are playing at home, where Murray has just 167 yards rushing in his last four games combined. He remains a No. 1 Fantasy back, but that stat is a bit worrisome.


DeMarco Murray notches second 100-yard rushing game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was the latest to feast on Chicago's NFL-worst run defense, gaining 145 yards on 18 carries Week 14. It was the sixth straight game the Bears allowed a 100-yard rusher.

Murray posted his second 100-yard rushing game this season but failed to score after a three-touchdown effort Week 13. He caught two of his five targets for 9 yards.

Murray is averaging 96 rushing yards over his last four games, with four scores. He'll play the Packers in Week 15.