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Lance Dunbar says he’s “100 percent” entering 2014

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While productive and talented, Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray has missed at least two games in each of his first three NFL seasons. And if that trend holds, the Cowboys’ top reserve tailback will have a chance to show what he can do as the starter at some point in 2014.

Third-year pro Lance Dunbar is one of the top candidates for work behind Murray. In a story published by Fox Sports Southwest on Monday, Dunbar indicated he was back to full strength after suffering a left knee injury last November that ended his 2013 campaign.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good, not having any problems, no soreness or anything. I feel 100 percent,” Dunbar said last week, according to Steve Hunt of Fox Sports Southwest.

Dunbar, second-year pro Joseph Randle and ex-Cardinal Ryan Williams are the primary reserve options in the Dallas backfield. Williams missed major time with knee and shoulder injuries earlier in his career, but he was selected a round ahead of Murray three years ago. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Randle made the Cowboys’ roster last season and played 13 games.

Dunbar, meanwhile, has played 21 games for Dallas in two seasons, gaining 4.4 yards per attempt in 51 career carries. However, he was limited to nine games in 2013 because of foot, hamstring and knee ailments. That he feels well as the season approaches is a positive development as he vies for the snaps Murray doesn’t get.

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10 Responses to “Lance Dunbar says he’s “100 percent” entering 2014”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 23, 2014 4:31 PM

    Dunbar brings an explosive element to the offense that was very much missed when he went out with injury. Play caller Linehan can use Dunbar in the offense similar to how he used Bush in the Lions offense.

  2. dccowboy says: Jun 23, 2014 4:33 PM

    If Murray goes down, it won’t be Dunbar replacing him as the ‘any’ down back. Dunbar is too small and is not able to provide the pass protection/blitz pickup that Murray does.

    Given that Dallas would not use him to ‘replace’ Murray, he would retain his ‘specialty’ back role and either Randle or Williams would take over Murray’s role.

  3. cueghost says: Jun 23, 2014 7:01 PM

    Dallas has a pretty nice stable of RBs there, as long as only one or two of them is injured at a time…

  4. rav3nsownste3lers says: Jun 23, 2014 7:48 PM

    Ray rice>dunbar

  5. halfmanhalfbearhalfpig says: Jun 23, 2014 8:58 PM

    Dunbar is 100% entering the season?
    I’m 100% enraged that this post wasn’t about the Redskins name!

  6. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 23, 2014 10:42 PM

    If Murray goes down? Try when Murray goes down. Dude is a injury waiting to happen.

  7. greatestgamensports says: Jun 24, 2014 12:41 AM

    Dunbar can take it to the house every time he touches the ball, dude is scary explosive! Hope he can stay healthy all year so we all can watch and enjoy what he is capable of doing.

  8. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jun 24, 2014 1:52 AM

    Dallas’ back field is crouded with talented play makers each one being different but Murray is the most complete one. Him healthy and that beast offensive line, They going to have a field day. Dallas will be top 5 in offense but its the defense that concerns me but of course iam optimistic. Vikings once made the NFC Championship with a late 20′s rank defense but with a highly explosive offense with a Randy Moss in his youth. Anything in the early twenties late teens ranked defense, we can make some noise. Romo can put the points. We all know that.

  9. 88xfactor says: Jun 27, 2014 2:31 PM

    I like Dunbar he’s very quick, an allusive. These kids are coming in every year faster, stronger and hungryer. You almost have to have rotating backs. Everybody can’t have an AP. But I hope Dunbar gets his touches.

  10. devoger says: Jul 22, 2014 5:37 PM

    Having followed Lance Dumbar’s football career since HS , we know it is just a matter of time before he has a break out year, and with all the Cowboys coaching changes it’s fair to think this will be the year. He’s an explosive player that can do both run & catch the ball making defenders miss tackles with his quickness, ability to find the holes and take it all the way, just like he did at Haltom High School and UNT, setting all kinds of records in the process. Keep an eye on him on 2014.

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