Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
4 days ago

Rams head coach Sean McVay envisions Dunbar in a role that aligns with how the running back views himself, ESPN.com reports. "He had me going," Dunbar said. "He had me ready to play."

EDGE Analysis

Dunbar's one-year contract is worth up to $3 million, suggesting the Rams expect him to be an important part of the offense in a complementary role to early-down workhorse Todd Gurley. McVay mentioned Washington's Chris Thompson when explaining the role he envisions for Dunbar, who displayed impressive pass-catching chops during his time in Dallas. It seems as if Dunbar has a clear path to the No. 2 running back job, though the Rams likely would utilize a committee if Gurley were to suffer an injury.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
2 weeks ago

Dunbar has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rams worth up to $3 million, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dunbar played his first five NFL seasons with Dallas, but was largely an afterthought in 2016 with the addition of Ezekiel Elliot, as he carried the ball just nine times and a large portion of his snaps came on special teams. He'll still be a backup for Todd Gurley in Los Angeles, but the Rams have much less depth at the position than the Cowboys, setting up the 27-year-old back for a few more touches in his sixth NFL season. Dunbar will no longer have the league's best offensive line in front of him, but should still bring his pass catching abilities to open up the playbook on some third downs. It is worth noting, however, that Gurley improved significantly as a pass catcher in 2016, hauling in 43 receptions for 327 yards.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
2 weeks ago

Dunbar will visit with the Rams, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dunbar had a key role in the Dallas offense early in the 2015 season, catching 21 passes in four games before going down for the year with a torn ACL. He had a far more limited role while working behind Ezekiel Elliott last season, catching only 16 passes in 13 games while failing to show his previously demonstrated explosiveness. Now another year removed from his ugly knee injury, the 27-year-old could perhaps re-emerge as a valuable contributor on passing downs if he finds a new NFL home. Los Angeles looks like a good fit, as fellow pass-catching back Benny Cunningham (neck) is currently a free agent. Lead back Todd Gurley has shown potential as a receiver, but it still makes sense to align his rest with obvious passing downs.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
3 months ago

Dunbar carried the ball three times for 20 yards and caught three of six targets for 19 yards in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.

EDGE Analysis

The 39 yards from scrimmage were actually a season high for Dunbar, who saw very little action in 2016 behind Ezekiel Elliott due to injuries and the emergence of Cole Beasley as Dak Prescott's preferred short-yardage receiving option. Dunbar can be an explosive player when he gets a chance, but even if he returns to Dallas in 2017, his touches will likely remain very limited.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
3 months ago

Dunbar didn't receive a carry but caught three of five targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

The catches and targets were season highs for Dunbar, as were his 19 snaps on offense, but his third-down role is now in some jeopardy with Darren McFadden (elbow) expected to rejoin the active roster this week. Ezekiel Elliott sees the bulk of the action in the Dallas backfield anyway, but McFadden's considered a better blocker than Dunbar and Cole Beasley has solidified his hold on the slot receiver role, leaving very few situations in which Dunbar is the Cowboys' best option.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
5 months ago

Dunbar (knee) is active for Sunday's game in Cleveland, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Available for the first time since Week 4, Dunbar's pass-catching chops would be valuable in previous iterations of Dallas' backfield. However, Ezekiel Elliott has acquitted himself well in that realm, which could result in next to no snaps for Dunbar.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
5 months ago

Dunbar (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Cleveland, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

A full practice participant throughout the week, Dunbar is seemingly ready to play for the first time since Week 4. His role as a passing-down specialist may be very limited, after rookie Ezekiel Elliott flashed his three-down skillset in Dunbar's absence.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
5 months ago

Dunbar (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dunbar was unable to suit up for Sunday's win over the Eagles as he dealt with knee soreness throughout the week, but his health appears to be more promising as the Cowboys head into Week 9's tilt against the Browns. Fellow running back Ezekiel Elliott will remain the clear top option out of the backfield regardless.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
5 months ago

Dunbar (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming out of a bye week, Dunbar was a limited practice participant each day, suggesting he's still dealing with some soreness in his surgically repaired knee. His absence means Ezekiel Elliott will continue to get most of the playing time in obvious passing situations, in addition to handling the bulk of the rushing workload.

Lance Dunbar
RB LA (8)
5 months ago

Dunbar (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming out of a bye, Dunbar practiced in a limited capacity throughout the week, potentially setting him up to play for the first time since Week 4. He doesn't have much stand-alone value as a pass-catching back in a run-heavy offense, but his two-game absence did provide a small boost to Ezekiel Elliott, who drew four targets in both of those games. The rookie had either one or two targets in each of the four games Dunbar played.