No one expected Lance Dunbar to be the Dallas Cowboys leading running back so far this season, not even lance Dunbar.

But the former North Texas star has already hauled in 21 passes for 215 yards, putting him on pace for 112 catches and 1,146 yards.

“A dump pass to Dunbar is liable to get you 70 yards,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ Show, via the Dallas Morning News.

The 25-year-old was used sparingly as a third-down back last season, but now with Brandon Weeden at the helm, Dunbar has seen a lot more action.

If Weeden doesn’t feel comfortable with outside passing and deep options, he can throw short to Dunbar and, with Dunbar’s speed and agility, still acheive a big gain.

Dallas will continue to use Dunbar a lot throughout the season and if the opposing teams start bearing down on him, than it will open it up for other players, executive Vice President Stephen Jones told The Fan’s G-Bag Nation show, via Dallas Morning News.

Under-the-radar Cowboys player on pace for standout season

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