Like scores of rookie feature backs before him, DeMarco Murray is looking to make an impact any way he can, which usually involves special teams work. After all, he will most likely be the team’s third option at running back, behind starter Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, and he missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury.
Murray is just fine with this, despite having never filled such a role before.
"If that's the way I'm going to see the field, I'm definitely going to make an impact on it," Murray said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I enjoy special teams. It's a huge aspect of the game. I definitely like kick return. I have to get used to kickoff and punt. I've never done that in my life. It's coming along second nature for me."
This isn’t to say Dallas doesn’t want to find a niche for Murray on offense. A great reason they took the Oklahoma product in the third round of the draft was his versatility, which fans got to see, though in a limited capacity, in last weekend’s dress rehearsal game against the Vikings.
Murray ran for 32 yards on seven carries, adding a seven-yard reception.
"I love the opportunity to get out in space and add some diversity to the team," Murray said. "I love playing receiver and catching the ball out of the backfield or in the slot."
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