Former Pro Bowl RB Davis critical of DeMarco Murray

Published Sep. 3, 2013 3:08 p.m. ET

Arguably, the stat most associated with Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is that during his first two seasons in the NFL, the Cowboys are 9-0 when he carries at least 18 times in a game.

Now, that's largely because the Cowboys played well in those games and ran Murray to control clock and hang on to a lead.

Many experts believe if the Cowboys get a healthy Murray for an entire season it will greatly improve their chances of reaching the postseason.

Former three-time Pro Bowl running back Terrell Davis said he doesn't necessarily see it that way.

During a recent segment on NFL Network, Davis, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos, used a highlight of Murray running against the New York Giants to illustrate his point that the third-year back doesn't do a good job of running to daylight.

"Assume he stays healthy, he's very consistent at being inconsistent," Davis said. "Here's the guy that makes the big runs and makes big yardage on the play. But the other thing about him is he leaves a lot of yardage on the field."

Davis suggested during the highlight clip that Murray bounced too far away from a block, which resulted in him running into a tackle. Davis' point was that Murray could've turned a five-yard gain into a 20-yard run.

"When you turn on the film, you see a lot of that on film," Davis said. "He had a highway. It's running to darkness. It's a guy who is leaving yardage on the field... My coach would say, 'You're running with blinders on.'"

Murray has played in 23 games the last two seasons, averaging 14 carries and 67.8 yards per outing with a total of six rushing touchdowns.