Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/2/11
IRVING - DeMarco Murray has carried at least 20 times in five of the last six games since taking over as the Cowboys' lead back. With Felix Jones getting closer to full health, many are wondering if Jones will begin to get more carries and take some of the workload off of Murray's shoulders. "I definitely feel I can handle it," Murray said Thursday. "Been doing well with it. I think I've been doing well with the touches that they've given me. Picking up blitzes, catching some balls out of the backfield. Felix can do the same thing, so it just adds more depth to the running back." Murray, who had at least 20 rushing attempts in eight games last season with Oklahoma, including a 35-carry outing in the season-opener against Utah State, seems like he can handle the workload. Asked if he needed some help, Murray responded: "I'm good." After being sidelined nearly a month with a high ankle sprain, Jones has carried five times in two games since returning and none of those carries came last week against the Dolphins. Murray's exceptional play, which includes 761 rushing yards in the last six games, has allowed the rookie to become arguably the Cowboys' most valuable player during a 5-1 stretch. And Murray's success made it an obvious choice to keep him in the starting spot when Jones returned two weeks ago. "I think I was just doing good," Murray said. "I was in a groove, so they left me out there. I think if he was doing the same thing, he would get left out there too." Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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