Marcus Murphy
Marcus Murphy
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Buffalo Bills
Questionable
Injury Elbow
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Murphy, who logged 52 carries for 252 yards and 11 catches for 26 yards in 11 games for the Bills last season, is now part of a backfield that also includes LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, Senorise Perry and rookie third-round pick Devin Singletary. As a result, Murphy faces a difficult path to carries in 2019 unless injuries hit the Buffalo backfield hard. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.97 million contract with the Bills in December of 2017.
Buried on depth chart
RBBuffalo Bills
Elbow
April 29, 2019
Murphy (elbow) is part of a backfield that now includes LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, Senorise Perry and rookie third-round pick Devin Singletary, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
ANALYSIS
The Bills also added wide receiver Andre Roberts, who led the league in kick return yards (1,173) and ranked second in punt return yards (324) last season. Long story short, Murphy would face a difficult path to a roster spot even if he wasn't coming back from a season-ending elbow injury. He at least figures to be healthy before training camp.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Marcus Murphy's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
7.9%
 
Positive Run %
94.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
68.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.3
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
5.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
32.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
2.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
0.5%
 
% Team Targets
4.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
57.9%
 
Drop Rate
10.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.6
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Marcus Murphy's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
195 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.61 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.0 in
 
Broad Jump
109 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
8.63 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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Murphy spent the first 15 games of 2017 on the practice squad, but he was activated for Week 17 and used immediately when LeSean McCoy injured his ankle. He rushed seven times for 41 yards (5.9 YPC) and caught two passes for seven yards. It was a solid showing for Murphy, albeit a small sample size. He'll take a backseat role again in 2018 with McCoy as the starter and Chris Ivory as the backup.
Murphy, the Saints' seventh round draft pick in 2015, excelled as a return specialist in his rookie season, averaging 25 yards per kickoff return and nearly 10 yards per punt return, but an ankle injury ended his season in mid-December. At 5-foot-9, 195 pounds, the pint-sized Murphy is unlikely to contribute much in standard scoring leagues – he had only one carry and did not catch a pass all last year – but he may have some value in leagues that reward return yardage. Murphy's role, however, is not guaranteed, as he will need to hold off former Saints return man Travaris Cadet and 2015 seventh-round pick Daniel Lasco for a roster spot.
Murphy was drafted by the Saints in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. At 5-foot-8, 193 pounds, Murphy is pint-sized, but he showed game-breaking ability as a runner, receiver, and kick returner. In his senior season at Missouri, Murphy finished 2014 with 177 rushing attempts for 924 yards and four touchdowns while adding 28 receptions for 212 yards and a score and returning three punts/kicks to the house. Still, he ran a disappointing 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Even though the Saints lost their incumbent kickoff returner (Travaris Cadet) in free agency, Murphy faces an uphill battle for a roster spot, with Jalen Saunders and Brandin Cooks capable of returning kicks and Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, and CJ Spiller holding down the fort at running back.
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Lands on injured reserve
RBBuffalo Bills
Elbow
December 18, 2018
The Bills placed Murphy (elbow) on injured reserve Tuesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
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May play through elbow injury
RBBuffalo Bills
Elbow
December 17, 2018
Coach Sean McDermott said Murphy may be able to play with a dislocated elbow, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
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Dislocates elbow
RBBuffalo Bills
Elbow
December 16, 2018
Murphy dislocated his elbow during Sunday's 14-13 win over the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Suffers arm injury
RBBuffalo Bills
Arm
December 16, 2018
Murphy was forced out of Sunday's game against the Lions with an arm injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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Steps into larger role
RBBuffalo Bills
December 16, 2018
Murphy is listed as the projected starter in the Buffalo backfield Sunday against Detroit, as both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) are inactive for the contest.
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