What to Expect From DeMarco Murray in 2012
I’ve talked a lot about DeMarco Murray recently, primarily because he has such a high ceiling in 2012. The farther along in the preseason we roll, the more I think Murray will receive a whole lot of touches this year. I’ve talked about if the Cowboys should make Murray a workhorse back and if he can really rush for much more than 1,000 yards. Today, I took a new look at Murray’s projections over at Dallas Morning News:
In his rookie season, Murray played 388 snaps. He rushed the ball 164 times and was targeted 34 times as a receiver, giving him a touch rate of 51.0 percent. Already this preseason, Murray has racked up a carry or target on 61.5 percent of his snaps. It’s a limited sample size, but interesting nonetheless.
If the Cowboys can get the ball to Murray more often while he’s on the field without giving him significantly more than 65 percent of the running back snaps, they might be able to acquire the optimal amount of production from him–giving him a larger percentage of touches but not burning him out and losing efficiency.