Rookie running back DeMarco Murray has done wonders since filling in for the injured Felix Jones three games ago.
His 139 yards on Sunday was his second 100-yard game in three weeks. He is the first Dallas Cowboy with multiple 100-yard rushing efforts in a single season since Julius Jones had three in 2004. He is also the eighth rookie to accomplish the feat.
"He's really done a lot for us," coach Jason Garrett said. "Any time you have a player like Felix Jones go down you're hopeful the next guy can step in and do the job," Garrett said. "We felt great about drafting DeMarco. We felt like he was a complete back and I think he's shown us in the last three weeks what kind of football player he is. One of the things showing up a lot is he is breaking tackles. I think he's making some people miss but I think he's also physical at the end of runs and making after contract which is really an important trait for a runner."
Considering Garrett's comments about Murray being a complete back, Jones' durability concerns and the fact that Murray now has as many 100-yard games Jones in his career, the bigger question is whether the rookie should be the starter when Jones returns from injury.
"We'll just continue to go and we'll try to evaluate the situation," Garrett said. "With Felix coming, when that happens, we're certainly to get all the bullets back in the gun as soon as we can. We will deal with the situation when Felix comes back. We'd like to get both of those guys touches. There's no question about it."