DeMarco Murray looking to bulk up for role with Cowboys
There has already been considerable debate what kind of role DeMarco Murray will play for the Dallas Cowboys this season.
Will he find himself in a position to compete for the starting job? Will he have to find other ways to pitch in? The lockout is going to make it challenging for all rookies to be prepared for professional football, but running back is one of the positions that first-year players can find an easier time playing, at least on first and second downs.
“Just a change of pace,” said when asked by 105.3 The Fan what he will bring to the offense. “I’m a loose running back. I can run, catch and definitely block. I’m someone who doesn’t mind running in between the tackles and I have the speed to get outside around the corner so I’m going to bring some power, some speed and some toughness. I’m just going to learn from (Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice). They are three great running backs and I can’t wait to meet and be around them.”
Murray told the station, in an interview transcribed by the Dallas Morning News, that his goal is to gain five to eight more pounds so he can get in the 220-range.
“Early on in my career I did have two injuries, but at the same time I bounced back and it was my first injuries that occurred in my life,” he said. “I have no problems with them, and I’m getting stronger than ever.”
If he can’t play running back full-time, he’s willing to do anything to pitch in.
“I love kick return,” Murray said. “That is one of the most important aspects of special teams and the game. If you break a 30-40 yard kick return, that’s a lot of momentum for your offense and your fans and it gets you on the right side of the ball.”
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