DeMarco Murray prepared to carry the ball ‘as many times as they give it to me’

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

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ARLINGTON – Like Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray took part in his first preseason game Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

Murray played the first two series, getting the ball on nine of Dallas’ first 14 plays.

The fourth-year back carried eight times for 34 yards and turned a short screen pass into a 21-yard gain. Murray also failed to secure a Romo handoff on the game’s opening series and the fumble was returned for Baltimore’s first score.

Despite the turnover, Murray liked what he saw from the Cowboys’ new offensive play-caller, Scott Linehan.

"I think Scott called a good game," Murray said. "He is definitely a very smart guy and he puts us in great situations to make plays. I definitely think we were having some success in the run game and it helped the passing game.

"And there were times where the pass game helped the run game. I thought we did well."

Murray, 26, is coming off his first Pro Bowl season. In 2013, he set career-highs with 217 rushing attempts for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Cowboys’ first two series seem to be a good indicator of how much the former third-round pick will be involved in the offense once the season starts in three weeks.

Is he ready to cement himself as the team’s workhorse running back?

"I feel like I can do whatever they ask me to do," Murray said. "If that’s the case, I will be ready to carry it as many times as they give it to me. I’m going to continue to work hard and get better."

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