According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, third round running back Demarco Murray is expected to compete with Tashard Choice for the back-up role in 2011 with an eye to being the feature back in 2012.
Murray was the featured back at Oklahoma, rushing for over 1,000 yards two of the last three seasons. He’s had some injury issues but Murray said NFL teams didn’t ask him about it and the Cowboys don’t seem concerned.
Murray has return skills, he returned kicks at OU and the team said it has tape of him catching punts. The team tried to get Felix Jones to catch punts his rookie season and he couldn’t do it on a consistent basis.
The drafting of Murray likely means the end of Marion Barber, who has started since 2008 but appears to have worn down physically. Barber is due $500,000 in June, but that’s on hold because of the lockout.
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