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WR Louis Murphy - San Francisco 49ers

6-3, 203Born: 5-11-1987College: FloridaDrafted: Round 4

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2017 Week 17 vs LAR (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Another week, another instance of Murphy starting, but then only playing half the offensive snaps and being an afterthought in the passing game. His lone reception came on a pivot route against Cover-2 in the second quarter.

2017 Week 16 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

At this point, it's clear Murphy is Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day." His existence in San Francisco's offense is like clockwork: Every Sunday, he starts and plays about 50 percent of snaps, but has no role in the passing game.

2017 Week 15 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Based on recent weeks, this may have been the Platonic ideal of a Murphy performance with the 49ers. He started. He played nearly 50 percent of snaps. He wasn't targeted at all despite his quarterback dropping back 46 times.

2017 Week 14 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

Once again, Murphy started but played a vanishingly small role in San Francisco's passing game. His two targets came in a six-play span during the third quarter. On the one that was completed, he ran a deep dig route in front of safety marcus Gilchrist from the left slot. Catching the ball in stride, Murphy was able to tack on an extra 5 yards and set San Francisco up in the red zone. Five plays later, Murphy was targeted on 2nd-and-goal at the 7-yard line, but cornerback Jonathan Joseph knocked the pass away.

2017 Week 13 vs CHI (6 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Once again, Murphy started, but only played about half of San Francisco's offensive snaps. Also apparently becoming a weekly occurrence is a 49ers receiver making a catch across the middle, only to see a defender rip the ball out of his hands for an interception on his way to the ground. In addition to that play, Murphy could have made more of his 6 targets two other times; one his fault, one not. On the latter play, he dropped a deep dig route that would have resulted in a first down on 3rd-and-14. On the former, he had a catch that would have resulted in 1st-and-goal ruled incomplete on the field and then somehow not overturned on replay despite (what appeared to be) clear visual evidence to the contrary.

2017 Week 12 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)

Although Murphy started once again, he ceded playing time to Kendall Bourne in obvious passing situations, running a route on only about 50 percent of his snaps. That said, three of his four targets came during fourth quarter garbage time when San Francisco needed all hands on deck. Of course, one of those garbage time targets -- indeed, the most garbage time-y of garbage time targets -- was his touchdown reception from Jimmy Garoppolo as garbage time expired. On the play, Murphy lined up wide right and ran a dig route clear across the end zone. As Garoppolo bought time, safety Delano Hill was slow to pick up Murphy's route as he traversed his zone, which allowed Murphy to get wide open in the left side of the end zone. Despite a desperation attempt by cornerback Byron Maxwell to come off his primary coverage and dislodge the ball, Murphy was able to hold on for the first 49ers touchdown catch by a wide receiver against Seattle since December of 2010.

2017 Week 10 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)

Murphy started after being signed midweek, but didn't see his first target until the third quarter -- and what a target it was! On the play, Murphy went uncovered, running free through the middle of New York's Cover-3 zone: At the time of his reception, no Giants defender was within 10 yards. Being so wide open allowed Murphy to add 23 yards after the catch.


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