Dez Bryant: I think DeMarco Murray can get to 2,000 yards
DeMarco Murray isn't likely to say much about his historic start to the season this year, so his teammate did it for him.
With 128 rushing yards against the New York Giants last weekend, Murray achieved 100 rushing yards in his seventh-straight game — breaking an NFL record Jim Brown set in 1958. While Murray is prone to shy away from the spotlight, his high-flying teammate on the Dallas offense was a little more willing to speak about the running back's dominant start.
"He broke Jim Brown's record — that's a big deal, man," said Dez Bryant. "I heard it was there for a long time. How long was it, 56 years? That's a long time."
Bryant is out to a plenty-electric start of his own. With 45 catches for 590 yards through seven games, he's on pace for 103 catches and 1,348 yards this year. Despite that, Bryant has been one of many to throw blocks for Murray as he nears 1,000 yards for just the first half of the season.
"Like I said before, he makes things that much easier for us. He's going to continue to keep doing it, because we believe in him and he believes in himself," Bryant said. "We've just got to keep making big-time blocks on the edges and the perimeter."
If he continues his current form, Murray is on pace to break the 2,000-yard barrier on the season. At his current clip, he'd finish with 2,083 — which is good enough for No. 3 all-time for a single season.
Bryant thinks 2,000 yards is a feat well within Murray's capability.
"That's a big deal. I think he can do it. I honestly think he can do it," he said.
Asked if he'd heard from a lot of people about his record-breaking game, Murray responded succinctly: "A little bit, not much," he said.
That's just Murray's style, as Bryant himself pointed out. But even if Murray doesn't want the attention to match his gaudy rushing total, Bryant said the Cowboys have every intention of helping him to keep it going.
"He never talks about it — never talks about it at all," Bryant said. "But the other guys around him, we all notice it, we think about it and that's why we practice hard — so we can give him that opportunity to reach that."
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