WR Louis Murphy - Free Agent
|6-3, 203||Born: 5-11-1987||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2009|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs TEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murphy was targeted once in the first quarter on a pass that was wildly overthrown by Jameis Winston. It's pretty safe to say that Vincent Jackson is the only Bucs receiver worth consideration until Mike Evans returns.
2015 Week 2 vs NO (4 / 3 / 82 / 0 rec)
Murphy led Tampa Bay in receiving, hauling in the majority of his yards on a deep route in the third quarter. Murphy began the play running a different route, but took off deep after Jameis scrambled to extend the play. The young QB showed impressive arm strength and launched the ball on the run for the big completion. Murphy bounced back from a hard hit he took during the team's third offensive drive of the game. Murphy got cleaned up trying to haul in a high pass from Winston on a crossing route. He was down for a little while, presumably winded, but returned to the game and recorded all three of his receptions after the hit. Murphy also drew a pass interference call in the third quarter that set the Bucs up on the Saints' 1 yard line.
2015 Week 3 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
Murphy reeled in Tampa Bay's longest reception(33 yards) for the second week in a row on a deep post at the start of the 4th quarter. Murphy made a great leaping catch on a contested ball over a Texans defensive back. Later in the same drive Murphy hauled in a deep comeback for another nice gain, setting the Bucs up in field goal range. Unfortunately, kicker Brinza missed one of his 3 field goals of the day to cap the drive. Murphy caught a total of 3 of 6 targets for 61 yards on the day. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson got the start as the Bucs ran primarily 2WR sets with extra tight ends to help with blocking, but Murphy was the third receiver when the Bucs went 3 wide in third down situations.
2015 Week 4 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Murphy hauled in 3 of 4 targets for 26 yards. His first catch of the day was a deep out route from the slot position that Murphy secured over a DB in the second quarter for an 9 yard gain. Murphy's longest catch was an 11 yard gain midway through the 4th quarter, helping Tampa Bay convert a 3rd and 9 on the drive that was eventually snuffed out by Winston's fourth interception.
2015 Week 5 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murphy saw snaps as the slot receiver, but the success of the run game limited all Tampa Bay's receivers on the day. Murphy was just an afterthought who did not receive any targets.
2015 Week 7 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Murphy caught his first target of the day on a deep crossing route for a 29 yard gain, but he injured his right knee going down and left the game. Contact was minimal on the tackle. MRI results revealed that Murphy has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
2014 Week 4 vs PIT (11 / 6 / 99 / 0 rec)
Murphy came out of nowhere to lead the Buccaneers in receiving yards on Sunday against the Steelers. Murphy caught a crucial pass with 20 seconds left in the game. The Bucs lined up in 10 personnel (1RB 0TE 4WR), Murphy split out wide to the top of the formation. At the snap, Louis Murphy raced down the sideline and cut towards the center of the field on a post route. The inside receiver ran a streak and the two defensive backs got tangled up as the receivers routes crossed. Murphy hauled in the pass and rumbled down to the 5-yard line. That catch set up the game winning score. Throughout the game, Murphy lined up in a WR stack often. The Bucs would line up two receivers one in front and one in back instead of side by side. The Bucs tended to run Murphy in an angle route out of this formation where he would start to the outside as if it was a streak or wheel route and come back hard over the middle in a crossing route. Murphy caught most of his passes on this designed route.
2014 Week 5 vs NO (7 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)
Murphy didn't produce a ton of big plays on Sunday, but he did have a beautiful touchdown snag. The Bucs lined up in a single-back set under center. At the snap, Murphy fights inside, but eventually runs a corner route in the end zone, fighting with the defensive back the entire way. The ball is thrown very well by Glennon, just out of the reach of the defensive back. Louis Murphy leaps high makes the grab at the high point and falls backwards onto his back while dragging both feet as he crashed to the ground. Overall, Murphy was a decent portion of the Bucs' offense. With Mike Evans sidelined, Murphy got the start opposite Jackson. Despite only hauling in two receptions, Murphy made his presence felt with the big touchdown grab.
2014 Week 6 vs BAL (9 / 7 / 72 / 1 rec)
Murphy caught a touchdown for the second straight week during his most productive outing of the season. From the three yard line, Murphy ran an out route toward the boundary. He made a nice move, faking inside and darting hard to the outside. Vincent Jackson's route to the inside did just enough to slow Murphy's defender down. Glennon makes a nice lead throw and Murphy makes the catch at the sideline. Murphy ended the game with 9 targets, second on the team. Murphy acted as the Bucs' intermediate receiver for the most part on Sunday, catching balls near the first down marker in the second half. He did have a long 24-yard reception in the fourth quarter on a square-in route. At the snap he makes a nice move to get inside position. All the other receiver routes allow for the middle of the field to clear out and Murphy breaks hard to the opening in between the hashes for an easy catch and a 24-yard gain. Although Murphy remains at best option 2B in the Buccaneers offense, he is being targeted often and seeing a good portion of snaps. This may have been skewed due to the blowout and pass-heavy nature of the offense after going down big.
2014 Week 8 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Murphy hauled in two receptions, but much like the rest of his teammates didn't rack up receptions due to the slow, ball control nature of the game. He caught a 7-yard hitch out of the slot that took a ton of concentration as he was mugged by two defenders on the reception. He held on as the defenders continually ripped at the ball. Overall, Murphy wasn't a huge factor or a big part of the gameplan as he was in previous weeks. He only saw two targets for the entire day. It didn't appear as though it was any fault of Murphy's as he was getting off the line fine and running routes with his usual effort.
2014 Week 9 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Murphy wasn't much of a factor on Sunday against the Browns. After turning in some solid performances after being signed off the street, Murphy was only targeted four times in this game that featured 33 pass attempts. He managed just two receptions. Overall, it didn't seem as though Murphy was doing anything out of the ordinary to not be thrown the ball, it was just one of those games in which the two main targets, Jackson and Evans, combined for 23 of the 33 looks from Glennon.
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.
2014 Week 13 vs CIN (5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Murphy received the second most targets on Sunday against the Bengals with five, however he only pulled in one of those catches for seven yards. Murphy did make a very important catch that put the Bucs in position to win the game with a long catch into Bengals territory, but the Bucs had too many men on the field, which ultimately sealed their loss. Game flow and game plan restricted all Bucs' receivers from having a big statistical day. They ran the ball a ton with Doug Martin and passed the ball safely on short routes to the backs on half their completions. Murphy was targeted more often than Vincent Jackson, however.
2014 Week 14 vs DET (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy received about 10% of the target share for the Buccaneers on Sunday against the Lions, but failed to do much with it. Murphy was targeted four times in a game that was very pass dominant. Unfortunately for Murphy, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans dominated the targets, receiving a combined 28 out of 39 total targets. Murphy played the WR3, but was never McCown's initial read. The fact that Evans and Jackson continually beat their man or found holes in the zone to get open resulted in McCown never getting to Murphy in the progression. In fact, on tape it's evident that McCown often throws to his initial read. Murphy looked decent coming in and out of breaks and getting off the line, but Jackson and Evans were like twin towers pulling in all the passes thrown their way. It was simply a matter of McCown being in rhythm with his top two receivers who were getting open all day. Murphy was third in line, but there weren't enough looks to go around against the Lions on Sunday.
2014 Week 15 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murphy only saw one target on the day as the Bucs ran a lot of two-WR sets with a full back or extra tight end. With the Bucs emphasizing the run more so than in past games, they went heavier in terms of packages which cost Murphy some playing time and production.
2013 Week 12 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
Murphy made sure his lone target and subsequent catch counted, turning the short throw into a TD. Manning created the play with his feet as he escaped the pocket and all Murphy had to do was wait in the back corner of the end zone. Manning was able to get the coverage to slightly commit and easily connected with the WR on the four-yard TD catch.
2012 Week 1 vs TB (5 / 3 / 63 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy looked good in his Panthers debut, his most explosive play a 51-yard catch on a 9-route where he used his speed to blow past the CB and make the catch before the S could get over to him. Murphy, lined up as the X, was targeted on a fade route in the red zone, but the pass was well broken up. Murphy will be the third receiver in the offense, but probably the fourth option.
2012 Week 8 vs CHI (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy didn't do much at all today, though he managed to score a touchdown without catching or carrying the ball. How you might ask? Well, in the early second quarter, Cam Newton couldn't find anyone open and decided to pull the ball down and scramble. He ran all the way to about the one and took a hit from Major Wright. Newton was not carrying the ball in a secure manner, so it came loose and popped into the end zone. An alert Murphy dove on the ball and scored the touchdown. Murphy had just dropped a potential touchdown as he was hit when catching the ball by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. A little later on, Murphy was on deep crossing route when Newton threw it behind him and he took a big hit from Chris Conte. Murphy was also targeted on a pass into the end zone which was too far for him to get. That seemed to be Murphy's story for the day--he had his chances but something was just off on every one of them.
2012 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 65 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy's time in Carolina has been littered with inconsistency, but his 53-yard catch between two defenders was the highlight by far. Murphy leapt into the air with a defender draped on his back and another in front of him and attacked the ball. The pass from Newton was well-placed.
2012 Week 13 vs KC (3 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)
Louis Murphy had one telling contribution to the contest - a red zone touchdown catch on a quick slant. Seeing press coverage at the line, Murphy got the cornerback to open his hips and then crossed his face sharply to get into position. Newton darted the football into his midsection for an easy score. If Brandon LaFell's mistake (dropping a deep pass) sticks in the mind of the coaching staff, Murphy could be in line for further opportunities in goal-to-go situations and more.
2012 Week 14 vs ATL (9 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy was unlucky not to have registered a touchdown - at one point, Newton saw Murphy streaking down the left sideline wide open, but was unable to place the football in a position for him to run onto it. Murphy did an excellent job running his route on that particular play, committing the CB to the out before running the '9' route. Murphy was also targeted in the red zone on an out route; he almost managed to get both feet down for the score, but the ball was a split-second too late for him to adjust in time.
2012 Week 15 vs SD (6 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Murphy started and got two quick catches early, but never really got untracked. He made a nice grab of a laser pass on a quick slant from his own territory despite some tight coverage, and came close to making a few other nice grabs. But he and QB Cam Newton just couldn't connect. Murphy was targeted in the end zone but the ball was thrown too far to the sideline and it fell incomplete out of bounds. He made a nice effort to keep it in the field of play, but the pass was off the mark. He was also targeted on a deep ball in the end zone on third and long late in the half, but again that fell incomplete.
2012 Week 16 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy, with Brandon LaFell back in the line-up and appearing healthy, took a backseat and only caught one pass. He did have a nice catch on a comeback route called back by penalty.
2012 Week 17 vs NO (7 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy converted an important third down for Newton, tapping both feet in bounds as his quarterback scrambled outside the pocket. Murphy was aware of his surroundings and made a terrific play for a 34-yard gain. However, Murphy also dropped an easy pass in the first half and will remain the fourth option in this passing attack until he becomes more consistent.
2011 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murphy had two balls thrown his way, the first was deep down the left side and he was clearly interfered with but no penalty was called, the second he just flat out dropped.
2011 Week 12 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
With the starting WR injured for the Raiders, Murphy stepped up and had a nice 47 yard catch that set up the game winning TD run by Bush. Once a promising WR, he has been lost in the shuffle with the emergence of the other young WR for the Raiders. He looked more electric then Schilens so maybe if Moore & Ford miss more time then Murphy will earn more playing time.
2011 Week 13 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Had a nice end around for a first down in the 1st half. The Raiders decided to try the same play again to the opposite side of the field but it didn't fool anyone. Deep route down the middle in the 2nd half and had the pass broken up by tight coverage. Caught a 4th down pass to extend a drive in the 4th quarter as the Raiders were window dressing a blowout.
2011 Week 14 vs GB (9 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Murphy fought hard and did the most with his opportunities other than a late drop. He was laid out over the middle, taking a hard hit. He did well after the catch and showed good focus hauling in balls under coverage.
2011 Week 15 vs DET (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 2 / 16 / 1 rush)
Took a reverse and almost stumbled behind the line of scrimmage but managed to stay on his feet and take it around the edge with no containment to march it into the end zone for a touchdown.
2011 Week 17 vs SD (6 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec, 1 / 27 / 0 rush)
Murphy caught five balls in the game, including a big 19-yard pass on third and long late in the first half to keep a drive alive. He also added a 27-yard end around up the left sideline to put him at 99 total yards from scrimmage on his six total touches.
2010 Week 1 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Murphy showcased his playmaking skills, but showed that his hands need a lot of work. He could have had two touchdown receptions, as he got himself wide open a couple of times, and Campbell got him the ball, but he couldn't pull it in.
2010 Week 2 vs STL (10 / 6 / 91 / 1 rec)
Murphy played very well as a rookie last year - especially with Gradkowski at the helm - and that continued in this one. He scored a TD that was much more due to his getting open than Gradkowski's pinpoint accuracy. On the play, St. Louis had a pass rusher come free, forcing Gradkowski to throw off his back foot. Murphy got himself open enough to be able to come back to the ball and score the TD. Murphy also had a clutch 13-yard catch on a third-and-seven with 2:50 left, which led to the Raiders being able to run out the remainder of the clock.
2010 Week 3 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 119 / 0 rec)
Murphy looks like he had a great game, but most of his yardage came on a short pass that was met with poor tackling and turned into a big gainer. Murphy did get open deep once, but was overthrown by Gradkowski, and another long gain was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty. Murphy was clearly less favored than Heyward-Bey in the pecking order, but circumstances gave him the much better game on the stat sheet.
2010 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Murphy was wildly inconsistent in week 4 against the Texans after returning from injury. He caught one ball on a short pass to the middle for a five yard gain but was otherwise ineffective. In one stretch, he was targeted on three straight plays with short passes but was only able to convert one target to a catch. He also was targeted downfield during the Raiders final drive but the well-thrown Bruce Gradkowski pass hit him in the chest and ended up in the arms of Texan Troy Nolan, who returned it 20 yards before the Texans closed out the game. Clearly, the Raiders were trying to get Murphy back in to a groove by sending him on short routes early in the game and targeting him often. However, while his quickness and speed looked normal, his route running seemed sloppy (even on short routes) and he seemed far too easily covered by the Texans' linebackers.
2010 Week 5 vs SD (4 / 2 / 61 / 0 rec)
Murphy had a quiet day mostly through the air, but had his moment of glory on a big catch and run pass over the middle. Campbell does not tend to throw the ball outside the numbers, and this led to Murphy having an otherwise quiet day
2010 Week 6 vs SF (5 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec, 1 / 43 / 0 rush)
Louis Murphy showed his track speed on the first play from scrimmage for the Raiders offense as he turned on the jets and the Raiders tried a flea flicker. Murphy had separated from the safety in coverage, but Campbell couldn't lay it out in front of him for what would have been an easy touchdown. The Raiders exploited the speed of Murphy again with a well executed reverse, a play on which Murphy gained 43 yards. Murphy is getting involved in this offense, and was only a couple of plays away from having a much bigger day statistically.
2010 Week 7 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Because of the big lead that Oakland jumped out to and the subsequent conservative playcalling, Murphy and his fellow wide receivers didn't have much chance to showcase their skills. Murphy also got dinged up in the 3rd quarter. He's still clearly this team's best receiver and has the skills to put up better numbers when the game situation dictates that it's necessary.
2010 Week 11 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Murphy was listed as the #2 WR for the team with DHB out with a hamstring injury. Murphy saw the first pass of the game come his way - a quick four yard comeback. He was targeted on a deep route as well, but was pushed out of bounds and couldn't come up with the reception. He had a nice catch late in the second quarter when Campbell was under pressure, but after making the reception, the ball was punched out the Steelers recovered. When Gradkowski took over at QB, he tried to get Murphy involved more but Murphy dropped the one pass and missed badly on a timing route deep where the ball was well overthrown because he and Gradkowski were not on the same page. Murphy's fantasy value is limited and he may move down to #3 on the depth chart with DHB comes back.
2010 Week 12 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 73 / 0 rec)
He had 4 targets and 3 receptions in the last 4:00 of the football game. Only when Oakland was truly desperate were they throwing his way much. He had 1 nice reception in the 1st half where he shook a tackle and turned a short pass into a 29 yard gain but other than that he was largely invisible much of the game. His numbers were decent in PPR but he was not any kind of impact on the game.
2010 Week 13 vs SD (4 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Until the fourth quarter, Murphy's game was full of missed opportunities. He hauled in a deep ball from Jason Campbell for what would have been a thirty yard touchdown, but he was unable to keep his feet fully inbounds. Later, he was targeted on a deep ball down the left sideline that went off his fingertips. There was holding on the play anyway, so it wouldn't have counted - but Murphy made a terrific effort on the play, leaping over his defender and twice deflecting the ball to himself while laying out before the ball finally landed incomplete. Finally, Murphy's ability to get open deep paid off. Campbell connected with him off a play-action fake for a huge 37 yard gain down inside the ten yard line on a critical third down and one pass play late in the fourth quarter. That play led to a Darren McFadden touchdown, which all but put the game away.
2010 Week 14 vs JAX (11 / 6 / 59 / 1 rec)
Murphy did a good job on his touchdown catch. Campbell bought time for his WR to uncover in the back of the endzone and Murphy uncovered easily for the short score. Murphy had most of the rest of his catches on the final drive of the Raiders as they were pushing to tie the game and was rarely involved otherwise on Sunday. He fell down on one particular route and Campbell was looking elsewhere for a lot of the day.
2010 Week 15 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy did a great job with his only catch of the day as he extended his long arms and seized a low Campbell pass with his hands at full stretch for a 14 yard completion across the middle.
2010 Week 16 vs IND (2 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Murphy was quiet on the day, only pulling in a few passes later in the game when the Colts were in a prevent defense.
2010 Week 17 vs KC (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Louis Murphy was fortunate to haul in a 20 yard pass that he bobbled around in his hands before securing, and that was his only significant action of the game as Campbell went elsewhere in the passing game.
2009 Week 1 vs SD (8 / 4 / 87 / 1 rec)
Murphy had a breakout game in his debut. He had one TD pass that overturned by replay late in the first half when he couldn't hold the ball after he hit the ground, but he atoned with a long TD late in the fourth quarter that gave the Raiders the lead. Murphy showed good speed, hands, and separation on his targets, and he should remain a starting WR for the Raiders.
2009 Week 2 vs KC (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Murphy didn't have the same smashing success that he had on Monday night of week 1, but he did show some tackle-breaking ability on one of his two catches, and he made a nice adjustment to an underthrown deep ball on another target, but couldn't quite haul it in.
2009 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
During the 2nd quarter Murphy was getting open underneath, and had the biggest gain of the day (18 yards) when linebacker D.J. Williams was trying to cover him. Because of the pressure on quarterback JaMarcus Russell it prevented Murphy from having a better day. He was the only Raiders receiver to catch a pass on Sunday, and showed good route running ability when trying to get open in a tough matchup against cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman.
2009 Week 4 vs HOU (10 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
Louis Murphy had a deceptively effective game against Houston. He notched three catches for 34 yards to lead the Raiders and had another 17 yard reception taken away after review even though replays showed that he had both feet down in bounds. Murphy appears to be quarterback Jamarcus Russell's preferred target in the rare event that he has time to throw the ball without pressure. Murphy continues to show excellent route running ability and seems to easily find openings in single-coverage.
2009 Week 5 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Murphy got a step on Terrell Thomas, and he was ready to haul in the bomb from Russell, but Thomas sprung up at the last second to deflect the ball away. He did draw a pass interference on an intermediate route, and caught a short ball in space, but couldn't do anything after the catch.
2009 Week 6 vs PHI (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rookie WR Louis Murphy had zero catches against the Eagles despite three targets, dropping one and tipping another pass that wound up in CB Asante Samuel's hands for an interception. Murphy's biggest contributions came as a blocker with two big blocks on TE Zach Miller's touchdown, but that does not help his fantasy value. Murphy and all Raiders WRs are just too risky to start on a weekly basis.
2009 Week 7 vs NYJ (10 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Murphy came away from the Week 7 contest against the Jets with four catches and 58 yards, but most of that production came late in the game with the score 38-0. Murphy led the Raiders with 10 targets but most of his numbers are tainted due to the production all coming in the second half after the game was long since decided. Murphy's touches are also threatened by the return of Chaz Schilens (expected next week) and the overall weakness of the Raider passing game. Murphy is a decent sleeper but he cannot be counted on for fantasy purposes.
2009 Week 8 vs SD (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Like most Raider receivers, his first reception of the game didn't come until late in the third quarter. He also nearly made a terrific grab along the sideline but was unable to keep his feet inbounds on a big third down pass play. That was the story of Murphy's day, as that and a false start penalty against him at a critical moment turned out to be his biggest plays of the game. He did have a 12-yard rush but that hardly outweighs the negatives on his ledger.
2009 Week 10 vs KC (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murphy caught big gainer down the sideline that was overturned by penalty, and he also almost pulled in a one-handed catch in tight coverage on another bomb (from Gradkowski), but otherwise he was quiet. He deserves more playing time, but it remains to be seen whether the Raiders will give it to him.
2009 Week 11 vs CIN (4 / 1 / 29 / 1 rec)
Murphy rotated with Chaz Schilens again this week. He saw five targets, but was held catchless by the strong Cincinnati secondary until breaking open down the sideline for the game-tying touchdown pass. Murphy got the nickel corner turned around and adjusted nicely to a back shoulder pass to make the catch. He then overpowered the defender to get the ball in the end zone. Murphy had another red zone target knocked away from him in the back of the end zone earlier in the game.
2009 Week 12 vs DAL (7 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Rookie Louis Murphy entered the game as the third wide receiver for Oakland against Dallas, but he was on the field quite a bit and saw as many targets as starter Chaz Schilens as both Murphy and Schilens led the team with seven chances each. Murphy racked up lots of chances and yardage when the Dallas defense was playing soft, such as on his 17-yard catch in the final seconds of the first half, but Murphy also nearly had a spectacular 24-yard touchdown but it was called back due to a penalty. Murphy is too risky for fantasy purposes right now but he still has plenty of long term upside in a very young Oakland offense.
2009 Week 13 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 128 / 2 rec)
Murphy proved for once and for all that he is the best rookie receiver on the Raiders rosters no matter where he was taken in the draft. His 75-yard catch and run TD was finished with a nice stutter step and good drive to the pylon, and Murphy also timed his leap perfectly to catch a premature hail mary by Gradkowski on the game-winning drive. He put the nail in the Steelers coffin by getting open in the corner of the end zone for the game-winning TD. Murphy also got open deep in the first half, but he was overthrown by Gradkowski. In general, Murphy was getting great separation downfield, and he looks like a long-term starter in the making for Oakland.
2009 Week 14 vs WAS (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
A disappointing day for Murphy, as he finished with only one reception. One one play, he made what looked to be a great diving catch, but it was reviewed and overturned as an incompletion. Story of his and the Raiders day. He also carried the ball twice.
2009 Week 15 vs DEN (7 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Murphy only had a couple of catches on Sunday and was sometimes matched up against All-Pro Champ Bailey. Charlie Frye targeted Murphy once deep against Bailey, but the pass fell incomplete. Emotions ran high in this game, and late in the game the rookie lost his composure after an incomplete pass and spiked the ball in front of the sideline official. The Raiders were hit with a delay of game penalty, and the rookie heard about it from his coach Tom Cable on the sidelines.
2009 Week 16 vs CLE (6 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Murphy rotated with Johnnie Lee Higgins outside. He made a nice grab on a deep out inside the five on a play that was called back due to penalty. Murphy was targeted twice in the end zone on a late fourth quarter drive. One pass was nearly intercepted in the back of the end zone, the second incomplete on a pick play.
2009 Week 17 vs BAL (9 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Murphy had a very solid day working in a split-out rotation with Johnny Lee Higgins once again. Murphy saw plenty of targets (9) and made a nice contribution with 6 catches. The takeaway once again from his work is that he makes plays all over the field and appears to have natural ability to make catches with his hands (as opposed to his body). IF (as always) the Raiders get decent QB play he would appear to have a bright future in front of him as he matures as a NFL WR.