Dunbar excited for role in offense

May, 30, 2014
May 30
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IRVING, Texas -- Lance Dunbar has taken a quick look at the Detroit Lions offense the past few years to get a feel for the Dallas Cowboys' newest playcaller, Scott Linehan.

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"It's pretty exciting," Dunbar said. "There's a lot of screens and stuff. He got them the ball in space."

Lions running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell combined for more than 100 catches. Bush caught 54 passes for 506 yards. Bell caught 52 for 485 yards.

To expect Dunbar to exceed 50 catches might be a stretch. He caught only seven passes for 59 yards last season. Detroit did not have a tight end like Jason Witten either. There will only be so many passes to go around with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Witten, Gavin Escobar and DeMarco Murray, who caught 53 passes for 353 yards last season.

But Dunbar will have a role.

"He's a very intelligent guy," Dunbar said of Linehan. "He gets everybody going. He's getting us on the same page."

Dunbar has to show he can stay healthy. He battled through foot and hamstring injuries before suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Oakland Raiders. But it was that game in which Dunbar showed what the coaches thought he could do from the beginning of the season. He carried 12 times for 82 yards and had a 45-yard run. He caught one pass for 12 yards before his game ended in the fourth quarter.

With the field spread, Dunbar's speed and quickness can be an asset.

Dunbar has been full speed for the entire offseason and has not needed time off to rest the knee.

I can't do nothing about [last year]," Dunbar said. "It happened. What matters is what you do after that. I think in my mind I'm back and right. I need to focus on what I'm trying to do so I can get back out there doing what I was doing when I left off."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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