26-Year-Old Running Back – Dallas Cowboys
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
The good news: Murray had his healthiest NFL campaign last year, setting career highs in practically every rushing and receiving category while posting the highest YPC (5.2) in the league among player...
DeMarco Murray Contract Information:
Signed a four-year deal worth $2.97 million with the Cowboys in July of 2011.
Murray appeared to undergo a concussion test during Sunday's game against the Jaguars, according to ESPN.com, but he was able to continue playing and finished with 19 carries for 100 rushing yards and six catches on seven targets for 31 receiving yards, the ninth time in 10 games this season he's rushed for at least 100 yards.
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DeMarco Murray: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Although Murray's right pinkie finger was in a splint during drills Wednesday, the ailment isn't enough to spur an appearance on the practice report. With a juicy matchup on tap Sunday in London -- the Jaguars have surrendered 5.5 YPC to running backs over the last two games -- owners can expect a return to his norm this season, which started with eight consecutive 100-yard efforts.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Murray appeared to ding up his ankle in the first half, but it turned out to be nothing, as he once again ran wild and broke Jim Brown's previous record. Not that we'd doubt him to extend the record, but he'll face a strong Washington rush defense in Week 8.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With his presence confirmed at drills, Murray's bout with illness appears to be nearing an end. However, until his level of participation is evident, his standing as he approaches Sunday's divisional showdown with the Giants is unknown. Continue to monitor his status, which should be clarified by weeks end.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Murray was derailed by injuries again last year, missing six games with a sprained foot. He's battled various maladies since his college days at Oklahoma and has now missed nine games in two NFL seasons – and missed most of May minicamp with a hamstring injury. If Murray could stay healthy for a full season, the versatile back has the skills – a powerful, slashing running style, great speed (4.41 40) and good hands out of the backfield (35 receptions on 42 targets) – to be one of the position's top producers. His environment could use some improvement, however – the Cowboys had a below-average offensive line last season, and the defense often forced the team to play from behind. Moreover, Murray saw only eight carries from inside the 10 (33rd) and five from inside the five (T-29th). Heading into 2013, Murray has the starting job all to himself – Felix Jones is in Philadelphia, leaving only rookie Joseph Randle as the primary backup.
Murray had an impressive rookie campaign, including a signature performance in Week 7, when he ran for 253 yards (the ninth most by anyone in NFL history and the second most by a rookie ever) against the Rams, including a season-high 91-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game. Murray had totaled just 25 carries up until then, so he took full advantage of his first real opportunity. It started a six-game stretch in which he totaled a whopping 915 yards before his season ended due to a broken right ankle in Week 14. Murray finished with just two touchdowns, but he got an impressive 5.5 YPC and established himself as the team’s lead back over Felix Jones, who continues to prove he works best in a change-of-pace role. Murray is something of a risk, being so unproven and coming off a serious injury, but he’s displayed explosiveness and is in what projects to be a potent offense, with Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten as weapons. As the lead back who’s a dangerous receiver and the team’s best option at the goal line, Murray has a lot of upside.
The Cowboys used their third-round pick to select Murray, who should immediately compete with Tashard Choice to back up Felix Jones. Murray ran an impressive 4.41 40 at the Combine, and his selection ended Marion Barber’s career in Dallas. Murray’s collegiate stats didn’t overwhelm at Oklahoma, but he could make an impact as a rookie if Felix Jones were to get hurt or show no improvement over his performance last season. The most likely outcome is a shared backfield in Dallas, and it may even become a three-headed monster, effectively ruining every back’s fantasy value.