Latavius Murray
Latavius Murray
31-Year-Old Running BackRB
New Orleans Saints
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Murray's second season in New Orleans was much the same as his first. The veteran back offers a more physical complement to Alvin Kamara's open-field explosiveness, and in that role Murray actually led the league in the percentage of his carries that came on runs between the tackles. Running in traffic hasn't been a hindrance, thanks to the Saints' excellent offensive line, and he's averaged 4.4 yards per carry over the last two campaigns. Somewhat surprisingly, only three of his nine touchdowns have come from inside the 5-yard line, but the presence of Taysom Hill (in addition to Kamara) may help explain that limited usage at the goal line. Drew Brees' retirement could mean big changes for the Saints offense, but Murray's role doesn't figure to be to be too much different with Jameis Winston or Hill are under center. Per usual, there's no real upside for Murray unless Kamara misses time. Read Past Outlooks
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#114.69
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$Signed a four-year, $14.4 million contract with the Saints in March of 2019.
Productive second season
RBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
January 30, 2021
Murray, who missed the team's final playoff game with a quad injury, finished the regular season with 146 carries for 656 yards and four touchdowns and added 23 receptions for 176 yards and an additional score in his second season with the Saints.
ANALYSIS
Murray finished with the same number of carries as he had in 2019, though he was less involved as a receiver and ended the season with fewer scrimmage yards and one fewer touchdown. Playing second fiddle to Alvin Kamara, Murray still played solid football, going for 832 yards on 179 touches and flashing his upside in a big Week 12, where he went 19-124-2. Still under contract, he'll return to New Orleans in 2021, where he'll likely play the lesser half of a timeshare with Kamara, a role he's already performed for two seasons.
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How do Latavius Murray's 2020 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 rush attempts.
  • 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 %
8.9%
 
Positive Run %
88.4%
 
% Yds After Contact
51.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
2.7%
 
Touches Per Game
11.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
46.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.08
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.9%
 
% Team Targets
5.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
88.5%
 
Drop Rate
7.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.9
 
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As expected, Murray spent most of 2019 playing second fiddle to Alvin Kamara, but when he did get a chance to start he made the most of it. The veteran erupted for 307 total yards and four touchdowns, including his first career receiving score, during a two-game stretch Weeks 7-8 while Kamara was out with lower-body injuries. Those two games accounted for more than a third of Murray's yardage and two-thirds of his TDs last season, an indication of how little work he got when Kamara was healthy (Murray got double-digit carries only two other times all year). The former Raider and Viking still possesses good speed in the open field - a key asset in a Saints offense adept at scheming players open - but his skill set doesn't stand out in any other area, and he managed a meager 1.7 yards after contact per carry, fifth lowest in the league. That's still good enough to produce big numbers while running behind one of the league's dominant offensive lines in a lead role, but it's not good enough to steal a lot of touches from a healthy Kamara.
After two years as a veteran "backup" for the Vikings who started a lot of games due to Dalvin Cook's inability to stay healthy, Murray tried to land a real starting job in free agency this offseason. While he didn't get one, he did wind up with the next best thing --- taking Mark Ingram's spot alongside Alvin Kamara in the Saints backfield. Murray isn't as talented a runner as Ingram, lacking the latter's power and explosiveness, though he does still flash good top speed in space. Minnesota didn't use Murray much in the passing game, but he showed some ability in that area his first three seasons with Oakland, and it's likely Drew Brees will be inclined to funnel some targets his way. Ingram averaged about 13 touches per game in 2018 --- a workload that would represent an overall boost for Murray, though Kamara could see his volume increase. Either way, the better offense around Murray should lead to better efficiency.
Signed as a free agent from the Raiders last offseason, Murray looked like he would only be an insurance policy behind rookie Dalvin Cook, but that policy got cashed in quickly when Cook tore his ACL in Week 4. Murray did a solid but unspectacular job on the larger side of a timeshare with Jerick McKinnon for the rest of the year, primarily handling early down and short-yardage duties, which led to top-five finishes in both red-zone touches and goal-line carries. Never a particularly elusive or powerful runner, Murray needs to be schemed into open space, but he does have the speed to pick up chunk yards once he gets there. While his role will diminish in 2018 assuming Cook's recovery continues to go smoothly, Murray should still see valuable snaps as Minnesota's No. 2 running back, and he could be a bit more involved in the passing game with McKinnon now in San Francisco.
Toe and ankle injuries limited Murray to 14 games last year and reduced his workload when he was in the lineup, but the Raiders gave him plenty of action in the red zone and as a result he scored 12 TDs, good for fifth in the NFL. He has the speed and pass-catching ability to do damage in open space, but his height (6-3) and upright running style make it difficult to handle the punishment that comes with being a lead back. He signed with the Vikings after undergoing offseason ankle surgery, only to watch his new team select Dalvin Cook in the draft. While the rookie is the favorite to start, Murray could still have value as a receiving-down option. Without those red-zone carries, an area in which Cook excelled in college, it's tough to see Murray coming close to double-digit scores again. The veteran fell behind in missing the offseason program and first two weeks of training camp, but he still expects to be ready for Week 1.
When a player goes off in limited action, it can be tricky to apply that to a potential role increase. Consider the case of Murray. He went bonkers in limited touches two years back, but when the Raiders handed him a featured role last year, the efficiency left us old (4.0 a carry, 5.7 a reception). He seemed to wear down over the final two months of the year, when his average rush cratered to 3.3. Nonetheless, the Raiders still have a high opinion of Murray. They did add rookie DeAndre Washington, but he's merely a fifth-round pick. Washington could cut into Murray's pass activity, but he's under 200 pounds and not considered a threat for full-time duty. Perhaps the overall improvement of Oakland's offense could help boost Murray. Quarterback Derek Carr is coming off a career year, and WR Amari Cooper could take a step forward as a sophomore. Oakland's minus-40 point differential was its second-best mark in 13 years — this team might not be far from contention. And if the Raiders improve as a club, it figures to give Murray a better draw with game flow and second-half opportunity.
After missing his rookie season with an ankle injury, Murray entered 2014 buried on the Raiders' depth chart behind veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. As the the old-timers got hurt or simply underperformed, Murray finally got a look in Week 12 and exploded for 112 rushing yards on just four carries before bowing out with a concussion. Once he returned in Week 14, Oakland happily made him the lead back. Built more like a wide receiver at 6-3, 225, and with the speed to match, Murray uses plus burst and vision to blow through holes into the second level, and he's a major asset on passing downs, showing both excellent receiving skills (averaging four targets per game over the final four weeks last year) as well as strong pass blocking. He isn't particularly elusive, however, and his frame doesn't allow him to run with a lot of power, a combination that could leave him susceptible to injury. It also made him fairly easy to bring down, and Murray's seven missed or broken tackles in 99 touches was among the worst rates in the league. The Raiders brought in Trent Richardson and Roy Helu to help keep his workload manageable, but Murray should get every chance to prove he can be a productive starter this season.
Murray spent his entire rookie season on IR due to an ankle injury, but even with that all healed up, he faces an uphill battle for carries in the early going behind the two-headed monster of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Of course, McFadden's an injury waiting to happen and MJD's no spring chicken, so Murray could end up producing sneaky value as the year goes on. With elite speed, good hands and receiver-like size at 6-3, 230, he has the tools to be a three-down back, but will need to show some durability before the Raiders start looking at him like one.
Murray will start the season on injured reserve. The Raiders' sixth-round pick, Murray will eventually compete with Rashad Jennings to be Darren McFadden's primary backup. The backup to the fragile McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in a single season, could have a good opportunity to see significant work. Jennings has also been less than durable, which leaves Murray in a good spot for action. At 6-3, 223, Murray is built more like a big receiver than a tailback, but he's a speedy runner (4.4 40) who possesses surprising lateral quickness and good acceleration. He averaged at least 5.6 YPC in each of his final three seasons at Central Florida while totaling 40 touchdowns in that span.
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Taking seat Sunday
RBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
January 17, 2021
Murray (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game versus the Buccaneers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Looks unlikely for divisional round
RBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
January 17, 2021
Murray (quadriceps), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Buccaneers, isn't expected to play, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.
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Questionable for Sunday
RBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
January 15, 2021
Murray (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Buccaneers after returning to a limited practice Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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Misses another practice
RBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
January 14, 2021
Murray (quad) didn't practice Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Sits out with quad injury
RBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
January 13, 2021
Murray was held out of practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
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