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ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Lance Dunbar's role would only "expand a little" if DeMarco Murray missed time.

Dunbar isn't a traditional "handcuff" -- he wouldn't become a true every-down back with Murray out -- but he'd certainly lead Dallas' backfield in touches and be heavily involved as a passing-down specialist on a pass-happy team, giving Dunbar plenty of prospective handcuff value. With Murray healthy, Archer expects 24-year-old Dunbar to be utilized in the screen game and as a change-of-pace back. He could shoot from something like 6-9 touches per game to 14-18 with Murray out. Dunbar is still very much worth stashing by Murray owners, with an outside chance at standalone flex value even with Murray healthy.

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Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown said Lance Dunbar can line up anywhere on the field, including "tailback, at wide receiver, in the slot."

"He's a guy that's going to be a complete weapon," Brown added. "We're looking forward to using him as a weapon." Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official website issued a fantasy alert on Dunbar recently after watching spring practices, saying Dunbar is going to be owned in every league. There's plenty of late-round flier appeal with Dunbar. New OC Scott Linehan got healthy RB2 production out of Joique Bell in Detroit last season, behind Reggie Bush.

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The Cowboys are "creating stuff" for Lance Dunbar during OTAs.

Per Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official site, the team has "big plans" for Dunbar. It's more buzz for an undersized yet shifty change-of-pace back that is the favorite for No. 2 RB duties. Given DeMarco Murray's injury history and Scott Linehan's history of using two backs, there's plenty of late-round flier appeal here.

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Lance Dunbar is "excited" about his role in the Cowboys' offense.

Dunbar watched tape of the Lions offense to get an idea of how OC Scott Linehan likes to call games. "It's pretty exciting," Dunbar said. "There's a lot of screens and stuff. He got them the ball in space." The favorite for No. 2 duties behind DeMarco Murray, Dunbar should have an expanded role in the passing offense if he can stay healthy. Dunbar averaged 5.0 YPC and had seven receptions in a change-of-pace role prior to going down last season.

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Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website reports new "OC" Scott Linehan "loves" RB Lance Dunbar.

Dunbar has been earmarked by those who cover the Cowboys as a player primed for a breakout season. Linehan loved using both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in Detroit, and Dunbar has soft hands to be able to play in the passing game. As the favorite for No. 2 duties behind an injury-prone DeMarco Murray, Dunbar will be one of the top handcuff backs to own and will have some standalone value.

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ESPNDallas' Todd Archer thinks RB Lance Dunbar is a good fit for Scott Linehan's offense.

Linehan loves to use his backs in the passing game, and Dunbar has the skill set to be a dynamic playmaker in the open field. He will carry upside as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind the injury-prone DeMarco Murray.

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Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) said he's 100 percent.

The left knee injury Dunbar sustained on Thanksgiving is behind him. He's projected as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray and will have some upside as a handcuff. Dunbar has flashed legit juice and is a nice fit in Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.

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Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) will participate in this week's OTAs.

Dunbar sustained ligament damage in his left knee on Thanksgiving and never got back on the field. His ability to get work in this week confirms there was no ACL tear. Dunbar projects as DeMarco Murray's top handcuff this season.

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Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown said Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) is doing well.

Dunbar sustained a ligament injury in his left knee on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys never revealed the exact extent of the injury, but it's not thought to be an ACL tear. We should know more on the speedy Dunbar's status when the Cowboys convene for the beginning of the offseason program later this month. If healthy, he's the favorite for backup duties behind DeMarco Murray.

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Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website expects Lance Dunbar to have a bigger role on offense in 2014.

Broaddus cites new play-caller Scott Linehan's ability to get his running backs in space last season with the Lions and anticipates Linehan doing the same with DeMarco Murray and Dunbar. Both Murray and Dunbar have above-average hands as pass catchers, and it's not out of the question that Dunbar could be sort of a poor man's Joique Bell. Dunbar has flashed explosive playmaking ability in limited opportunities the past two seasons. He's the favorite for No. 2 duties.