Jason Garrett: I see DeMarco Murray as leader of running back committee

AP

The Cowboys got career highs in games, rushing yards, catches and touchdowns from running back DeMarco Murray in 2013, an effort that fulfilled the flashes of promise that he showed between injuries in his first two seasons.

While Murray showed he was able to handle a larger workload, he still missed a pair of games because of injury and it doesn’t sound like the Cowboys are going to press their luck by working Murray even harder this season. Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports that Garrett said that he views Murray as “the leader of a committee” in the backfield, although he adds that Murray definitely has “bell cow” traits as a runner.

There’s been a lot of buzz out of Cowboys camp about Lance Dunbar, who appears to be set as Murray’s No. 2 heading into the season after Garrett made him a healthy scratch for the preseason opener because they want to be “selective” about using key players in the preseason. If Dunbar fulfills the hype, he and Murray would make for a strong duo for the Cowboys to match with their strong passing game.

Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams are also possibilities for the committee, depending on how many members Garrett decides to appoint.