Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar is running full speed now and is hearing praises from new offensive play caller Scott Linehan about how he's going to be used.
In nine games last season, Dunbar touched the ball 37 times, producing zero touchdowns. However, his speed gives the Cowboys a polar opposite to what starter DeMarco Murray is. Murray is quick, not fast, displays good vision when he runs and is a physical runner.
Dunbar is fast with elusive moves.
It's these skills that Liehan likes and hopes to take advantage of in 2014.
"I think the guy’s got a real versatile role package for us," Linehan said. "He can run it. He can catch it. He has the ability to light it up and in a lot of locations and that’s what you want to do with those guys. The one thing I’ve noticed is his ability as a runner when we run the football with him and he’s lined up there. When he gets his reps, see him making very good cuts and looks like he’s got a great ability to accelerate and get through that hole. So it’ll be fun watching this kid play next year."
Linehan did split the work between Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last season in Detroit, but Murray is more of a complete back than Bush is.