NFL: Murray must impress this season

Dallas Cowboys fans are starting to get a little impatient with running back Demarco Murray after the 25-year-old insisted he would make all 16 games this coming NFL season.

Haven’t we heard this all before?

Murray, who played 10 times for the Cowboys in 2012, sat out yet another practice session last Tuesday and is a serious doubt for further team meetings. A hamstring injury is his most recent hurt, following numerous problems that have dogged his first two seasons in the game.

If he’s serious about playing a full season he must keep fit, which is something easier said than done.

“I can’t control if anything happens,” he told NFL betting news reporters. “All I can do is go out there, play hard, play fast, play physical. Once I’m out there, I don’t think there’s any question about anything.”

“I am going to play all 16 this year, and I’m excited,” he continued. “It’s going to be a great year for us.”

Indeed, Dallas are one of the favourites in the NFL betting odds to make the playoffs this winter and have an offense ready to match the best in the league. Yet they need starters like Murray fit for every game, because otherwise they’ll fall to another 8-8 season or worse.

Fans are rightly getting impatient with the team that promises so much every summer yet fails so miserably come the actual season and for most this is Murray’s last chance to prove himself a regular influence on the field.

Four rushing TDs last year was an improvement on 2011 but it still wasn’t enough to convince NFL betting tipsters he’s up for the challenge. He must prove his critics wrong this summer and make a mark in the preseason games or Dallas may drop him from the starting line altogether.

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