Dallas Cowboys Quiet But Solid in Free Agency

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Aug 23, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Plan B: C.J. Spiller

The Cowboys can’t control what happens with Murray so they have to have a plan B just in case. And that plan B for the Cowboys happens to be C.J. Spiller, who found out on NFL Network that LeSean McCoy would be taking his place with the Buffalo Bills. To be honest, Spiller isn’t a bad plan A as he is a much more dynamic running back than Murray.

NBC Sports Pro Football Talk pointed out that through his first four seasons, Spiller has the second highest yards per carry through a player’s first four seasons at 5.12 yards per carry. That’s right behind Bo Jackson, who averaged 5.4 yards  per carry in his only four NFL seasons. They also pointed out that even though Spiller is viewed as a speed back, in 2012 and 2013 combined, 58.4 percent of Spiller’s rushing yards came after contact.

There’s also a misconception about his durability as his profile page on NFL.com says he missed three games in his first four years before missing seven with a broken collar bone in 2014. Until this past season, it was Murray that had real problems staying healthy. So if Murray decides to move on for more money, the Cowboys have it all figured out.

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