28-Year-Old Running Back – Tennessee Titans
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Everything came together last season for Murray, who led the league in rushing by nearly 500 yards over the next closest back. After missing 11 games his first three seasons due to various injuries, h...
DeMarco Murray Contract Information:
Signed a five-year contract with the Eagles in March of 2015.
Murray will still be the primary piece of Tennessee's 2016 rushing attack, despite the second-round selection of Heisman-winning running back Derrick Henry in the NFL Draft, the team's official site reports.
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DeMarco Murray: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Murray was never comfortable in Chip Kelly's shotgun-heavy system, having done much of his damage with the help of a lead blocker during his time in Dallas. Murray may still play a lot of snaps in shotgun formations on passing downs, but it sounds as if the Titans mostly want Marcus Mariota to work from under center in 2016. Murray is a solid bounce-back candidate and may even be asked to handle a full three-down workload.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Titans are taking Murray's hefty contract (which includes a $7,000,000 base salary this year) off the Eagles' hands, which explains the low cost of trading for him. In any case, Murray -- who led the NFL with 1,845 rushing yards in 2014 while with Dallas -- will look for a strong rebound year in 2016 in a Tennessee uniform.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Murray's representation confirmed the news, noting that a new contract will be constructed in order to make the move official. One of the two free-agent running backs brought into Philadelphia last March -- also Ryan Mathews -- Murray shrugged off a slow start to finish the season as the Eagles' leader in every rushing category, totaling 193 carries for 702 yards and six touchdowns. Upon joining the Titans, Murray will be the unquestioned No. 1 RB behind second-year signal-caller Marcus Mariota.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Murray's first season in Philadelphia has been an extremely rocky ride, and after seeing just eight carries on 14 snaps last week against New England while seeing his rushing average plunge to just 3.5 yards per carry on the campaign, it appears that coach Chip Kelly is beginning to lose faith in the running back. The Eagles will keep all four of their running backs active Sunday, but it appears likely that either Ryan Mathews or Darren Sproles will spearhead the team's platoon at the position, potentially leaving Murray and Kenjon Barner to pick up the scraps. Given the likelihood that he'll see minimal carries Sunday, not to mention his ineffectiveness this season, it's difficult to justify starting Murray in most leagues this week.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The good news: Murray had his healthiest NFL campaign last year, setting career highs in practically every rushing and receiving category while posting the highest YPC (5.2) in the league among players with more than 200 carries. The bad news: He still missed two games with a knee ailment and has now sat out 11 games over his three seasons in the league. That said, Murray did enter the offseason healthy, and there are currently no indications that the 6-foot, 219-pound bruiser – fifth in the league in broken tackles with 35 last year despite the missed time – will enter training camp in anything short of full health. So there's nothing aside from Murray's physical, high-risk running style to say that he won't play all 16 for the first time this year. Murray's team context is a good one for fantasy owners – the Cowboys have a decent pass game (which targeted Murray 66 times last year), a much-improved offensive line (further boosted by the addition of first-round draftee Zack Martin) and no serious competition for carries either in the middle of the field or at the goal line. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar certainly don't look like impact NFL players at this point, and the Cowboys seemed happy to give Murray 15 carries inside the five last year. If Murray can stay on the field, he certainly has the strength and the straight-line speed to end up among the NFL's top five rushers.
Murray was derailed by injuries again last year, missing six games with a sprained foot. He's battled various maladies since his college days at Oklahoma and has now missed nine games in two NFL seasons – and missed most of May minicamp with a hamstring injury. If Murray could stay healthy for a full season, the versatile back has the skills – a powerful, slashing running style, great speed (4.41 40) and good hands out of the backfield (35 receptions on 42 targets) – to be one of the position's top producers. His environment could use some improvement, however – the Cowboys had a below-average offensive line last season, and the defense often forced the team to play from behind. Moreover, Murray saw only eight carries from inside the 10 (33rd) and five from inside the five (T-29th). Heading into 2013, Murray has the starting job all to himself – Felix Jones is in Philadelphia, leaving only rookie Joseph Randle as the primary backup.
Murray had an impressive rookie campaign, including a signature performance in Week 7, when he ran for 253 yards (the ninth most by anyone in NFL history and the second most by a rookie ever) against the Rams, including a season-high 91-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game. Murray had totaled just 25 carries up until then, so he took full advantage of his first real opportunity. It started a six-game stretch in which he totaled a whopping 915 yards before his season ended due to a broken right ankle in Week 14. Murray finished with just two touchdowns, but he got an impressive 5.5 YPC and established himself as the team’s lead back over Felix Jones, who continues to prove he works best in a change-of-pace role. Murray is something of a risk, being so unproven and coming off a serious injury, but he’s displayed explosiveness and is in what projects to be a potent offense, with Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten as weapons. As the lead back who’s a dangerous receiver and the team’s best option at the goal line, Murray has a lot of upside.
The Cowboys used their third-round pick to select Murray, who should immediately compete with Tashard Choice to back up Felix Jones. Murray ran an impressive 4.41 40 at the Combine, and his selection ended Marion Barber’s career in Dallas. Murray’s collegiate stats didn’t overwhelm at Oklahoma, but he could make an impact as a rookie if Felix Jones were to get hurt or show no improvement over his performance last season. The most likely outcome is a shared backfield in Dallas, and it may even become a three-headed monster, effectively ruining every back’s fantasy value.