- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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OXNARD, Calif. -- For all the talk about the Cowboys’ third receiver, that player could be the fifth option in the passing game if all goes as planned.
Everyone knows that Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant will be the top three options, not necessarily in that order. Don’t be surprised if running back DeMarco Murray catches more passes than whoever ends up claiming the Cowboys’ third receiver role.
Murray, who had 71 receptions and five touchdown catches as a senior at Oklahoma, offered a glimpse of his receiving ability during Sunday’s Blue-White scrimmage. Murray made a spectacular, leaping catch over linebacker Sean Lee for a big gain on a wheel route.
Murray caught only 26 passes for 183 yards with no receiving scores as a rookie, when a hamstring injury sidelined him during training camp. Those numbers should increase significantly in his second season.
“We’d like to be able to use him more both in the play-action situations and also as a guy who we put out into the formation, out of the backfield, and see what he can do out there,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s shown that he can do it. He just needs chances and experience at this level.”