Jason Garrett likes Tyler Clutts' game

IRVING, Texas -- The Tyler Clutts Era got off to a fine start for the Dallas Cowboys.

Signed last week, the fullback played 19 snaps in the Cowboys’ loss at Chicago and the running game was productive against what was the NFL’s worst-ranked rush defense.

DeMarco Murray finished with 146 yards on 18 carries and the Cowboys ran 28 times for 198 yards as a team, which is a season high.

In the first half the Cowboys had nine rushing plays with Clutts on the field and picked up 60 yards. The longest gain was 12 yards. The shortest was three.

“If you evaluate the results of those plays, they’re pretty positive,” coach Jason Garrett said. “If you look at his performance, you’d feel good about a lot of what he did. Certainly there are areas for him to clean up and understand what we’re asking him to do and making adjustments on the move when a play doesn’t come up clean. I think he did that well in the game. I also think that’s an area where we can improve. (He) added a little physical presence to us, particularly on a night like that when you want to be able to do that.”