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Mailbag: Is Murray's Carry Total Too High For 4 Games?


99 carries through four games is higher than most people would have expected for DeMarco Murray so far. Do you see the coaches scaling back as the season goes on, giving more carries to the backups and what are your projections for yards and carries for Murray on the season by what you've seen thus far?

Bryan: If I am this coaching staff I am handing Murray the ball until his tongue is hanging on the ground. I believe he is one of those backs that the more you give him the ball – the stronger that he appears to get. It is hard for me to take him off the field because of all the traits he has to help your offense. Keep riding that horse and he needs a small break Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle are ready to help.

David: I think the Cowboys would be smart to give Randle and Dunbar some work as the season goes along – particularly Randle, as he has shown flashes in his brief appearances. That said, if there's one guy who should be fresh for a heavy workload, it's DeMarco Murray. Coming into this season, he had been averaging 180 carries per year and roughly 15 carries a game over the first three seasons of his career. That's not a lot of mileage for a feature back who is just 26 years old. I wouldn't worry too much about letting him run. I'm going to guess Murray tops out at around 1,500 or 1,600 yards.

I think Sterling Moore has done a [embedded_ad] great job when asked to come in and play, but with Morris Claiborne out, where will the Cowboys go searching for depth? Will Tyler Patmon see some playing time?

Bryan: They will fill in-house, I believe. Tyler Patmon is ready to go. They also have Micah Pellerin on the practice squad they could call up, and Jakar Hamilton is back in the mix so he can line up at corner as well if you need him in a pinch.  

David: I'm going to guess we'll see Jakar Hamilton on the active roster before too long. He can add to the depth at both safety and cornerback if he's needed. For the time being, I feel pretty comfortable with Sterling Moore as the third corner and Patmon behind him, just in case.

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