Helping DeMarco Murray avoid contact

May, 11, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- In the Dallas Cowboys quest to keep starting running back DeMarco Murray healthy helping him avoid tackles is key.

It's almost impossible because most, if not all runners, will get touched on a run at some point during the game. But what the Cowboys are attempting to do with Murray is making sure he takes fewer hits during a game.

Last season, Murray tied for eighth in the NFL with eight broken tackles, Washington's Alfred Morris led the NFL with 22. Murray finished with 356 yards after contact, 25th in the league. Adrian Peterson led the NFL in YAC with 1,047.

Murray likes to run toward contact so he can push his way for more yards.

"I noticed that," running backs coach Gary Brown said. "I've seen that. We've talked about it. We are going to have a plan to try to get better than that. He's explosive enough that he can freeze people's feet and get away from them and do the things he needs to do to gain more yards. With he and I working together to get him better, it should be a great thing."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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