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Christine Michael trying to get up to speed with Cowboys offense

Running back Christine Michael isn’t expected to play Sunday as he continues to cram on the playbook.
Running back Christine Michael isn’t expected to play Sunday as he continues to cram on the playbook. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Cowboys aren’t quite sure what role Christine Michael will have, and he isn’t quite sure either. But he’s holed up in the running backs room, trying to catch up on the playbook so they can figure that out.

Michael, whom the Cowboys acquired from the Seahawks on Sunday for a conditional seventh-round draft choice, isn’t expected to play against the Giants.

“Backs probably get ready sooner than other positions,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “That’s been my experience. We’ll see. He just got here two days ago. He got in two practices and is learning our system on the run and spending a bunch of extra time with coach [Gary] Brown. What he’s shown is really positive. We like what we see. We think he’s going to bring a lot to the table. But again, give him some time to pick up the system, and we’ll see how fast that takes us there.”

Michael, a second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2013, rushed for only 254 yards and no touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons. He became expendable when the Seahawks signed former Arlington Lamar running back Fred Jackson after his release from Buffalo.

254 Christine Michael’s career yards

“Seattle has been good to me, man,” Michael said Thursday in his first interview since arriving in town. “They’ve changed my life. They blessed me; they drafted me in the second round. It was a great place and still is a great place. That’s my brothers down there, my coaching staff. It was great down there. But you have to move on and adapt to what’s new, and I like it here, too.”

Michael joins Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar to form a committee to try and replace last season’s league-leading rusher, DeMarco Murray.

“Because it’s kind of the same scheme that Seattle had, a little bit different terminology, but I feel like I’ve got that down just after 72 hours,” Michael said. “That’s all I’ve been doing is coming to work, going back home and getting in the playbook. It’s been good, though. I’m enjoying it.”

Michael, who weighs 221 pounds, brings the Cowboys a physical, downhill running back they didn’t have on their roster before his arrival.

“He’s got some real explosiveness,” Michael said. “He’s a bigger back. Not tall, but doesn’t necessarily have to be a tall guy. The profile of a running back isn’t necessarily height. It’s that build, that size. He’s somewhere in the mid-200s, has some really good speed. Got to see him play some significant plays in the NFL in a similar-type running style as we run and see some things we really like. Again, we’re getting to know him, and he’s doing a really good job of picking things up quick.”

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