Murray is ’100 percent’: No one who has watched the Dallas Cowboys in the past couple seasons can deny DeMarco Murray’s ability. What is up for debate is his durability. That’s why it’s understandable if you’re skeptical over Murray’s claims that he is capable of rushing for 2,000 yards in a season. In his first two campaigns, Murray has missed a combined nine games, including six contests last season. Even if he’s able to stay on the field for 16 games, it will be a tall order to crack 2k in an offense that throws the ball nearly three times as often as it runs it. In all honesty, we’ll settle for him just reaching 1,000 yards — something he’s yet to do in his career. Anything beyond that would be gravy.
Forte expects to be used more: Since entering the league in 2008, Matt Forte has been known for his ability to catch the football out of the backfield. That made it surprising when he was limited to a career-low 44 receptions last season. Part of it was Chicago’s Brandon Marshall-heavy passing attack. Marshall led the Bears with 194 targets while Forte was a distant second with just 60 balls thrown his direction. The veteran running back expects that to change this season under new head coach Marc Trestman. In the past, it was common for running backs to catch lots of passes in Trestman’s offense. While names like Eric Metcalf or Larry Centers aren’t big surprises, it’s easy to forget that Derek Loville caught 87 passes with the 49ers in 1995. That number seems a little high for Forte in 2013, but it wouldn’t be crazy to imagine him snagging between 60 and 70 passes. PPR owners, take note.
Wilson showing improvement: New York Giants running back David Wilson had his share of ups-and-downs during his rookie season. The team hopes there are more ups than downs in 2013 and if offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s evaluation that the young back is “showing improvement” is accurate, he could be on his way. Fantasy owners shouldn’t get too excited, though. Wilson still has some ways to go to reach the level his coaches would like him to achieve — most notably in the area of pass protection. Until that happens, Andre Brown is going to have his shot to be the bona fide No. 1 back in the offense.
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