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He’s relatively similar to Jones in stature and speed. The difference is experience. After the lockout, he missed most of training camp with an injury. He’s played in all five games, producing 71 yards on 24 carries. His longest run is just eight yards. He’s also caught four passes for 23 yards, with a best of 13 yards.

Garrett said Murray seemed to find more of a rhythm against the Patriots.

“It was the first time I think we’ve seen in the regular season where he started to feel like himself,” Garrett said. “A lot of times runners just need to get a little sweat, they need to get a little feel for playing, they need to get knocked around a little bit and then they start getting into the mode where they feel comfortable in seeing things and making the cuts they need to make. I think we saw some of that.”

Murray agreed, saying he was finally at the point where he could react rather than having to think about what to do, then do it.

“I’m going out there and trusting my ability, trusting my technique and having fun,” he said.

Murray said Jones is a more patient runner than he is, meaning that he’s able to wait for holes to open then dart toward them. Murray has a good excuse for his impatience, having often had enormous holes to run through with the Sooners.

That gets back to the questions about Dallas’ offensive line, which could be more to blame for the woeful stats than the running backs.

Left tackle Doug Free is the only starter in the same spot as last year. The only other holdover from last season is guard Kyle Kosier, and he’s switched sides, now lining up next to rookie tackle Tyron Smith. They’re breaking in a first-time starter at center, Phil Costa, and then there’s the revolving door at left guard, with Holland likely to be the third starter in six games.

“There’s growing pains,” Garrett said. “I think our team has responded well up front to the different challenges they’ve had up to this point. They can get better individually, they can get better collectively. But that’s everybody on our football team.”

Notes: A day after dropping WR Dwayne Harris, the Cowboys brought him back to the practice squad. The vacancy was created by Jacksonville signing TE Martin Rucker. … Harris was the primary punt returner. Garrett said WR Kevin Ogletree, CB Terence Newman and WR Dez Bryant will be options to take his place.

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