The Cowboys wanted to see what they had in DeMarco Murray. The second-round draft pick had missed most of the team's preseason work with an injured hamstring. The Cowboys found out Thursday that Murray is exactly what they thought.
"When they can play, they can play," owner Jerry Jones said. "Really, that’s the bottom line. Now, it is impressive that he was able to do. But he is so conscientious. We don’t have anybody more serious minded than Murray. I’m not saying that he walks around with a frown on his face, but he is a real professionally goal=oriented person. That’s carrying right over. What we wanted him for was to have some of that acceleration, use that size, as well as just natural, efficient instincts, and then his pass catching and his contribution in the passing game. It’s all showing up."
The Cowboys released Marion Barber before training camp, with Murray expected to spell starter Felix Jones. Murray had 10 carries for 32 yards and four catches for 64 yards against the Dolphins.
"I felt I did pretty good," Murray said. "For my second game, there are still some things I need to work on. But overall I thought I did OK."
Murray showed his pass-receiving skills on the first play when he took a screen pass 48 yards to the Miami 19. He had 157 catches for 1,571 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons at Oklahoma.
"i just think he’s a natural receiver," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We saw that coming out of school. He just has a good feel for getting himself open. The first play of the game was just a screen, nothing real complicated, but I thought the timing of that thing looked pretty good, and then obviously, it was well blocked, and he made a good run. He’s a guy who is very comfortable coming out of the backfield and catching the football, and that’s certainly an asset for you."
-- Charean Williams