| Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
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|Draft: 2011 Round 3 (7)
DOB: 1988-02-12 Age: 27
|When Felix Jones went down with an ankle injury in Week 6, Murray took over the starting role and proved the Cowboys made the correct decision by drafting him in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft. Murray ran wild over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 with 25 rushes for 253 yards and a score. He put together a string of solid performances until suffering a broken ankle in Week 14 that ended his season. Murray possesses outstanding speed, enough agility to make tacklers miss on the second level and enough strength to run over defenders when he has a head of steam. Unfortunately, he also can’t stay healthy making him a risky proposition as a RB1 in 2012. One thing is for certain, head coach Jason Garrett will give him the ball enough to establish himself as an upper tier running back. In the seven games that he was the Cowboys primary back, Murray accumulated 155 touches. His talent and productivity when he played last season coupled with the Cowboys strong offense basically ensure that some owner in your league will draft him as their RB1 and take on that risk. You need to decide if that owner is going to be you.
|Murray doesn't expect to alternate series at RB -- Thu Aug 27 4:45 pm --|
Rushing champ claims Eagles' rotation hasn't been decided yet
|On Tuesday, DeMarco Murray was asked how he expects the rotation to play out. Will the RBs alternate series? Will they spell one another during a drive?
"I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Ryan Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it."
Murray explained that against the Ravens, the Eagles were just trying to get all three top running backs time with the first-team offense. (CSN Philly)|
FF Today's Take: It is almost inconceivable that Philadelphia hasn't discussed the backfield situation yet, but this week's dress-rehearsal preseason game should give us a clue into how HC Chip Kelly intends to utilize Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles. One possible outcome could be that Murray starts and cedes one series per half and most early-down relief work to Mathews while Sproles handles most of the third down work. As such, Murray should probably be treated as a low-end RB1 at most.
|Chip Kelly talks running back usage -- Mon Aug 17 7:00 am --|
"I wanted to have two running backs"
|“I think there is a lot of validity to it,” he said. “But how do you manage him going into a season? Our plan all along was to get another running back with him (DeMarco Murray). I wanted to have two running backs, and that’s why we got Ryan Mathews. I don’t think you can have a guy carry it 370 to 400 times per season and be successful. We’re going to run it a lot—we always do—but we’ll have more than one guy doing it.” (SI.com)|
FF Today's Take: Reading between the lines, Kelly is well aware of how a running back performs following a heavy-workload season and while Murray will be the lead back in the offense, he's going to use Mathews more than people might think. The Eagles run enough plays for Murray to be considered a RB1 even if he splits carries at a 70-30 clip with Mathews.
|Murray, Mathews to divide workload -- Thu Jun 4 3:50 pm --|
Former 1,000-yard rushers likely to split carries in Philly
|The Eagles plan on dividing the rushing workload between running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, a far cry from past years when LeSean McCoy carried the load. Eagles OC Pat Shurmur revealed the plan Wednesday although he declined to put a percentage on the way touches would be divvied up.
“They’re two really fine players,” Shurmur said at a coaches availability. “They’re two guys that have been starters in places that they’ve been and they’re going to come here and kind of share the role.” (Delaware County Times)|
FF Today's Take: Given the fact that part of HC Chip Kelly's uptempo offensive approach is about keeping the same defenders on the field play after play, he needs a pair of backs like Murray and Mathews to keep the other player fresh. Murray figures to be the leading rusher by a significant margin when all is said and done this year. However, it should come as no surprise if he tops out around 250 carries while Mathews ends up with around 150 carries if both players stay healthy. Both players could flirt with RB1 or flex value depending on the matchup and their injury status.
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