Since DeMarco Murray jumped ship from the Dallas Cowboys to their arch rivals the Philadelphia Eagles there has been much debate about where it leaves both the player and his former employers.
The Cowboys are confident that their ominous offensive line can allow any running back to succeed, whilst some have questioned whether Murray will be able to get anywhere near the 1,845 yards he managed in 2014 with his new team in Philly.
Such talk has clearly irked one man charged with making sure DeMarco Murray gets his yards, and his comments are sure to add to the rivalry between the two NFC East franchises.
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After an impressive 2014 campaign the hype right now is that the Dallas Cowboys own the best O-Line in the entire NFL. Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters, though, doesn't share that view. In fact he doesn't even think they are the best in their division.
"The Dallas offensive line is good," Peters said this week. "We're just better. We're going to make sure he (DeMarco Murray) gets his yards."
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"He was the rushing champ last year. He almost broke the record. For him to come here and not duplicate that, that would discredit us a little bit with the Dallas offensive line. We've got to make sure he gets his yards."
Tough act to follow
Peters' comments came prior to news that the Eagles had cut multi Pro Bowler Evan Mathis but, regardless, it is clear that those in Philly aren't about to allow their biggest rivals to show them up.
After current Dallas running back Joseph Randle claimed DeMarco Murray left "meat on the bone" in the back field last year they are keen to prove that not only will Murray's ability prove 2014 wasn't a fluke, but that they can compete with any team in the trenches.
Pro Football Focus actually recently claimed that Murray was now in a "dream scenario" with the Eagles so perhaps there is something in Peters' comments beyond trash talk.
Unfortunately for Peters the Dallas Cowboys might have actually gotten even better on the offensive line since Murray left. The addition of La'el Collins following his draft day drama has been lauded as a major coup, and their young O-line will head into the new season a more experienced unit.
Only time will tell whether Jason Peters' claims will prove correct. All that we do know is that the NFC East is set to e home to several high profile storylines in the coming months.
What do you think? Was DeMarco Murray's 2014 season a fluke or a sign of things to come? Have your say in the comments below...
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