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WR Louis Murphy - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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Week 13: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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Recent Stats and Projections

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9 at CLE 0 0 0 4 2 13 0 0
10 vs ATL 0 0 0 2 1 12 0 0
11 at WAS 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
12 at CHI 0 0 0 8 6 113 0 0
13 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 2 * * *
13 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs WAS (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Murphy saw three targets in Sunday's game against the Redskins. The Bucs moved Murphy all over the field when he saw snaps, but similarly to Vincent Jackson, Murphy simply didn't see many targets due to Mike Evans ability to get open. On one target, Murphy nearly had a touchdown. It was a short hitch at midfield that was thrown well. The defender jumped the route and dove past Murphy missing the ball. Murphy couldn't hang on to the pass. If he had been able to maintain possession of the football, he had nothing but green in front of him.

2014 Week 12 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 113 / 0 rec)

Murphy played a large part in the Buccaneers game against the Bears on Sunday. He had been quiet for a few weeks after bursting onto the scene when the Bucs signed him. This week he saw 8 targets, which was good for 17% of the total targets for the game. Murphy had the Bucs' longest play from scrimmage in the game on a timely 54-yard completion late in the 1st half to set up a field goal. From the slot, Murphy simply ran a stop route. The Bears didn't have enough zone coverage in the area as Brandon Myers sucked a linebacker inside with his route and Vincent Jackson occupied the corner with his. It left Murphy wide open for a 5-yard hitch. After the catch Murphy was spectacular. He was dragged to the ground at one point. but stayed upright by putting his hand on the ground and bursting downfield. He was eventually horse-collared to the ground which tacked on even more yardage to the play. The Bucs' went back to the well with that play a few times in the second half trying to get Murphy the ball in that exact same spot, which was successful, but not for a monster game like the first attempt. Murphy did a great job all game of finding soft spots in Chicago's zone scheme. In the third quarter, the Bucs were really struggling to move the ball when Murphy ran a seam route down the middle of the field beating a linebacker while managing to hold onto the ball after the catch after a safety converged on him for the tackle. The key to Murphy's success in this game was twofold. He did great work after each catch, fighting for as many yards as possible, highlighted by gaining 49 of 54 yards on his longest reception of the day after the catch. He also had a knack for sitting down perfectly in openings in the Bears' zone defense. They worked him out of the slot and ran a ton of routes for him that called for him to "sit" in open areas. McCown did an excellent job of finding him. Overall, Murphy stepped up his game extensively from his slot receiver position. Coincidentially, or maybe not, Murphy's uptick in production occurred at pretty much the exact time Austin Seferian-Jenkins left the game with a back injury.

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Schedule

13vs Cincinnati Bengals
14@ Detroit Lions
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs New Orleans Saints