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RB DeMarco Murray - Philadelphia Eagles

5-10, 213Born: 2-12-1988College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Murray is still the lead back and Ryan Mathews might not be ready for Thanksgiving, but the state of the Eagles offense is not great with Mark Sanchez playing very uneven football. Murray's effort on one play wa questioned by an anonymous team member, so the cracks are showing even though we can't be too choosy about our lead backs at this time of year.

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Recent Stats and Projections

9 at DAL 41 18 83 1 7 6 78 0 0 22.1
10 vs MIA 60 22 61 0 8 6 58 0 0 11.9
11 vs TB 30 13 64 0 5 4 27 0 1 8.1
12 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 4 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 4 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs TB (13 / 64 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

DeMarco Murray was held out of the endzone for a second straight week. His 91 total yards might as well be the bright spot. They didn't come with a lot of flashy offensive wrinkles but were more a result of his ability to manufacture yards even when the blocking was subpar. He nearly made a costly mistake on his very first carry of the game when he had the ball knocked out of his arms. Fortunate for him, the defender that recovered the ball fumbled while making an effort to score a touchdown and the Eagles were able to recover. The net result was a first down deep on their side of the field. But with them playing from behind for most of the game, he saw his fewest amount of carries since Week 4. He also played the fewest amount of snaps since Week 4, which is unfortunate given the fact that Ryan Mathews was ruled out of this game. Outside of the fumble, Murray looked good on the field when his offensive line gave him a chance, averaging nearly five yards per tote.

2015 Week 10 vs MIA (22 / 61 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)

DeMarco Murray saw a heavier workload after Ryan Mathews was sidelined with a head injury. Unfortunately, that workload didn't materialize into a big payoff for fantasy owners. The ground game in general wasn't pretty (Eagles running backs averaged just 2.3 yards per carry in this contest), especially in the second half. He got tangled up a few times with his quarterback (Mark Sanchez in as the backup) during routine handoffs. He didn't find a lot of room to run with the Dolphins defense controlling the line of scrimmage for most of the game. He was, however, great as a receiver and ultimately contributed 119 combined yards. His eight targets and six receptions both ranked second among Eagles players. Depending on what happens, Murray might see a drop in production going forward if Sanchez ends up as the starter. The read-option, should it be a major part of the game plan, favors tight ends more than running backs. The good news is he'll see a lot more targets as a receiver. Forty-two of his 58 receiving yards came with Sanchez under center.

2015 Week 9 vs DAL (18 / 83 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)

In his first trip back to Dallas since he was signed by the Eagles, DeMarco Murray put together the highest yardage total of his season in an outstanding effort. His six catches for 78 yards were second on the team and his 83 rushing yards led the team. The box score, however, is a little misleading; over half (55 percent) of Murray's carries went for three yards are less. But his offensive line was able to clear the way to chunk yardage, particularly on a 20-yard left sweep in overtime. He was more impressive as a receiver, hauling in six of seven targets and racking up 13 yards per catch. Most of his receiving yards came early in the third quarter on 44-yard wheel route when he blew past linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Bradford dropped a perfect pass over the top and Murray, looking backwards, easily made a nice catch down the sideline. Murray's lone touchdown came in the second quarter from one yard out. It was more a product of power blocking by the offensive line than power running by Murray. The most important takeaway is the trust he has earned from both his coach and quarterback. This team is noted for dropped passes--something that won't show up on his stat sheet this week. His production as a receiver, pass blocker and power runner will keep him on the field.

2015 Week 7 vs CAR (18 / 65 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Last week, DeMarco Murray dominated the Giants defense. This week, the only thing he dominated was the market share of snap counts among his teammates. He, of course, wasn't solely at fault for a mediocre box score. Rarely did he have a free lane to cut into and was often met by defenders before the play could develop. He broke a beautiful run to the left in the second quarter, only to have it called back for holding. Occasionally, he broke through tackles but still managed only 3.6 yards per carry and didn't factor into the passing game.

2015 Week 6 vs NYG (22 / 109 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

It took six games but DeMarco Murray finally rushed for more than 100 yards. He was excellent when asked to run straight forward rather than sideline to sideline. But even when running left to right, something Kelly favors, Murray showed off his lateral agility by changing direction and one-cutting towards the running lanes when they opened. For most of the night the Eagles offensive line held strong against a soft Giants defensive front. As a result, Murray was able to chew up yardage on his way to nearly five yards a carry. He may have had his best run of the season on a sweep to the right in which he stiff-armed a defender to the ground on his way to the end zone. With a little over three minutes left , Murray was asked to be the closer, and proceeded to carry the ball four more times for 36 yards to ice the game.

2015 Week 5 vs NO (20 / 83 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 37 / 0 rec)

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, as they say. DeMarco Murray had 27 touches against the Saints, and made them count. Not every run was setup by free-flowing blocking, as he was met and stuffed at the line plenty of times. But when the blocking was there, Murray showed the vision and skill that landed him a big contract in the off season, particularly in the second quarter with a cut and run for 24 yards. He was effective out of the backfield as a receiver, catching seven of his eight targets (unfortunately, those targets were short and lacked useful blocking), and dominated snap counts with 43 (Darren Sproles was second with 25, Ryan Mathews third with 20). Without question, the running game was fully operational and Murray was the center point. He capped it off with a four-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that sealed an Eagles' victory. There are still concerns with the offensive line, particularly with the guards. The Saints aren't known for their run stuffing abilities but were still able to close up running lanes repeatedly. Murray can break tackles, but not walls.

2015 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

After some question about his availability, DeMarco Murray saw his first action on the Eagles second series and promptly took a handoff for 30 yards on a beautiful cut and run. That, however, would be his only successful run of the day. His next seven carries only netted six total yards, with not a single one gaining more than three yards. It's wasn't clear if he was on a pitch count, or if the game script limited his opportunities, but he did at least lead all running backs in snap counts (25). What was clear is how ineffective the Eagles ground game was against a tough defensive front. Furthermore, with Bradford taking more shots down the field, Murray's presence as a check-down was all but erased. If there's any positive to squeeze from his mediocre performance, it's that he looked healthy and didn't suffer any setbacks.

2015 Week 2 vs DAL (13 / 2 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

There was no revenge for DeMarco Murray, nor was there much meat on the bone for him to eat. He was met by defenders before he could even look for a lane. It was so bad that he had fewer rushing yards in the first half (13 carries for 10 yards) than Tony Romo (two carries for 11 yards). He was responsible for one of the Eagles few highlights when he took a swing pass and hurdled a defender on his way to a 22-yard gain. His night was otherwise stuffed. He had a few chances around the end zone but the blocking in front of him failed to clear a path. If this trend continues, his stock is going to plummet.

2015 Week 1 vs ATL (8 / 9 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 1 rec)

About four minutes into the first quarter, DeMarco Murray's stat line, -10 rushing yards and six receiving yards, looked like a start to a bad movie where it's obvious the actors won't be able to carry the plot. The pressure that was in Bradford's face also penetrated the backfield unimpeded. The good news for Murray owners is that his usage remained largely unaffected despite the Eagles trailing by double-digit points. Bradford's lone touchdown pass was a product of Murray slipping the coverage, then forcing a missed tackle with a stutter step and bursting past the goal line. Murray was also responsible for the Eagles first touchdown on a swing right that featured premier run-blocking. His final box score, without those two touchdowns, would have certainly broke some hearts. His performance despite the box score is a reminder that he is well worth the investment.


Latest News

Eagles | DeMarco Murray posts solid day (Sun Nov 15, 06:52 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray ran for 61 yards on 22 carries and caught six passes for 58 yards in a 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Our View: Ryan Mathews left with a concussion and if he isn't ready for Week 11, Murray could be set up for a huge workload against the Bucs, although we're not sure who his quarterback will be.
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Eagles | DeMarco Murray probable (Fri Nov 13, 02:31 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (groin) practiced fully Friday, Nov. 13, and is probable for Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins.

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Eagles | DeMarco Murray a full-go (Thu Nov 12, 01:21 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (groin) was a full-go in practice Thursday, Nov. 12.

Our View: We see Murray as a solid RB1 this week against a Miami team you can run on. Murray should be better in this offense but more often than not he has struggled and underperformed. Not this week though, as we see a good outing from him.
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