Stock Report: Bullish on DeMarco Murray

October, 24, 2011
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The Cowboys are coming off a nice and easy 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams thanks to the running game. We review in our weekly Stock Report.

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DeMarco Murray. Why wouldn't Murray be here? The rookie from Oklahoma rushed for a franchise and rookie record 253 yards. It was the 10th best rushing day in league history. He displayed power, speed and smarts. He rushed for 253 without starting. He should move with the first-team not only in practice but in the game next week at Philadelphia.

Abram Elam.Quietly the strong safety is having a nice season. Elam led the Cowboys with eight tackles and supported the run with three tackles for loss. He was physical by forcing and recovering a fumble and he almost did it on the previous play. He's a steady presence in the secondary that was beatup last season.

Dez Bryant.He caught a pass in the second half. Quite a few to be honest. Bryant had nine catches for 90 yards with one touchdown. The Cowboys need to find Bryant more and more, was targeted eight times on Sunday, to help the offense. This is nothing against Miles Austin (two catches for 16 yards), who is a commanding presence on offense, but Bryant is one of those playmakers who has to get the ball.

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Tashard Choice. Choice earned the start and picked up two carries, one for seven yards, the other for one yard resulting in a fumble. Choice also injured a shoulder while fumbling the ball. If there ever was a chance for Choice to prove his worth to the Cowboys this was it. He failed and now Murray has move up the depth chart.

Return game. At some point you're going to need a return to help you this season. The Cowboys didn't return any kickoffs and using Bryant as the main punt returner, had just one return for seven yards, proved a waste of time. Bryant allowed a punt to land helplessly on the ground when he should have fielded it. Cowboys need to fix this area.

Defensive penalties.The Cowboys were flagged for six penalties for 30 yards on Sunday vs. the Rams and f0ur came from the defense. You could say they were harmless, offsides and encroachment, but against a better team an opposing offense might take advantage of some of these things. The winless Rams couldn't do that. Jason Garrett wants a clean game from his football team and four penalties from the defense doesn't help toward that end.
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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