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Latavius Murray Faceoff

Mark Wimer and Matt Waldman offer differing views of Latavius Murray

The staff members at Footballguys are full of opinions. In a Faceoff, we allow two members to voice their opinions on a specific player. One picked the high side, and the other took the low side.

High Side by Mark Wimer

Murray was a productive dual-threat back in his rookie season (82/424/2 rushing with 17/143/0 receiving), improved in almost every statistical category in his second season, with a gaudy 307 touches on the football for 1,298 combined yards (266/1,066/6 rushing and 41/232/0 receiving) and six rushing touchdowns scored during 2015, and the Raiders' offense is an ascending unit with an improving offensive line. Footballguys' offensive line guru Matt Bitonti grades the Oakland offensive line as an A- run blocking unit entering training camps/preseason. Murray has lost one fumble over two NFL seasons, indicating he has good ball security, a valued trait in NFL circles. Given everything that is going right in Oakland (an improving offensive line; a strong passing game that is maturing along with Derek Carr, limiting the ability of opposing defenses to 'stack the line'), Murray should post even better numbers this year, good enough to be a mid-range fantasy running back1.

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