RB DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans
|5-10, 213||Born: 2-12-1988||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 16 vs LAR (15 / 48 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray saw over 70% of the snaps for the third straight week as he rushed 15 times with three receptions compared to Derrick Henry's eight carries and one reception. Murray was not very productive at all with his 15 rushing attempts, barely averaging over three yards per carry despite finding the end zone once. Murray's touchdown run came in the third quarter as he cut back through a massive hole that looked to even surprise him by how wide it was, easily accelerating through the middle of the field into the end zone from six yards out. Murray had a nice pinball run late in the game as he nine yards down the middle of the field on what would be his longest run of the day. He did suffer a knee injury late in the game though that was later reported to be an LCL sprain which will likely rule Murray out for the final game of the season.
2017 Week 15 vs SF (18 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray saw the vast majority of carries this week as he out-touched Derrick Henry18-to-7 on the ground. The Titans really tried to establish their ground game here, but they simply could not find a rhythm with either Murray or Henry. Murray had a pair of nice nine-yard gains on first downs in the first half, including one run where he absolutely ran over rookie linebacker Reuben Foster. Outside of those plays though, Murray he was not getting much separation at all beyond the line of scrimmage as holes to run through were few and far between. His longest play of the game came just after halftime as Murray ran off the right side for 11 yards, but as the game progressed, the Titans were forced into a pass-heavy game script in which Murray was very involved as he had just one target resulting in a four-yard reception.
2017 Week 14 vs ARI (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray and the entire Titans offense could get nothing going against the Cardinals. Murray had a 54-yard run called back due to an offensive holding penalty in the first quarter. Outside of that play, Murray looked flat as a runner with no highlight plays worth mentioning. Murray's involvement in the passing game continued as he hauled in multiple receptions for the 10th straight game, but for just 13 yards as this didn't really help his stat line.
2017 Week 13 vs HOU (11 / 66 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray finally had a solid game as this 66 rushing yards marked his highest rushing yardage total since Week 3. Murray's workload was equaled by Derrick Henry as they received the same amount of carries, but Murray received most of the carries throughout the first half. Murray made a nice move to pick up 13 yards on a screen midway through the second quarter for his longest reception of the day. He also had a few nice runs of over 10 yards throughout the first half as he looked explosive when in space. Late in the third, Murray showed great vision with no running lanes open in the middle of the field, bouncing a run to the outside as he picked up 22 yards and a first down. That would be Murray's last gain of the game as Derrick Henry dominated the touches in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 12 vs IND (12 / 9 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray did absolutely nothing in terms of rushing productivity in this game, with all of his fantasy relevance salvaged by a lone rushing touchdown and a few passes thrown his way. Murray's 0.8 yards per rush attempt was his lowest of the season. Four of his runs went for negative yards, including one for negative nine yards on the first drive of the second half as the blocking on that play was atrocious. Murray did manage to haul in three receptions for 33 yards, including a short pass to the left that midway through the third quarter on which Murray fought down the sideline for 16 yards. This was his third game in a row with at least 30 receiving yards. Murray also found the end zone here with a goal-line plunge after Derrick Henry led the team downfield and was benched in favor of Murray for the goal line carry.
2017 Week 11 vs PIT (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was not effective at all on the ground, rushing eight times for just 10 yards as the Steelers routinely stifled him and challenged the Titans offensive line. He had a few hard runs and made some great plays in the receiving game as he hauled in five receptions for 37 yards. His longest play of the game came in garbage time, hauling in a dump off for 13 yards. Despite this ineffectiveness, Murray still played over 80% of the snaps this past week-actually his second-highest snap share of the season as the Titans ran a whopping 90 plays.
2017 Week 10 vs CIN (14 / 42 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Demarco Murray may not have ran efficiently, but he definitely ran effectively in this last week's game against the Bengals. He set up his two-yard touchdown run with a nice misdirection run to the left side for nine yards, showing great power as he fought off opposing tacklers. While this would be his longest run of the game, Murray found plenty of ways to contribute as he also hauled in four passes for 30 receiving yards. Murray leapt in for his second touchdown of the game just before halftime as he dove over the pile from the one-yard line, extending the ball over the plane for the score. Murray made what ended up being the game-deciding play on the Titans final drive, hauling in a pass just inside the 10-yard line and banging his way to the goal line before fully extending to dive for the game-winning touchdown. This would be Murray's third touchdown of the game, his first multi-touchdown game of the season and first three-touchdown game since 2013.
2017 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray and the Titans rushing offense really struggled to get anything going here as both Murray and Henry were held to single-digit carries, with Murray averaging only 2.1 yards per attempt. He really had no highlights on the ground aside from running into a clogged up offensive line. Murray's biggest contribution came through the air as he hauled in a screen pass that he took up the sideline for 17 yards to help prolong an important drive to that would inevitably salt away the Titans victory. Murray did miss some time in this game as he was sidelined with what looked to be a left knee injury, but he would return shortly afterwards.
2017 Week 7 vs CLE (18 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray gutted out a tough 59 rushing yards while catching three passes for 17 yards against the Browns. The entire Titans offense was sloppy here as they failed to score a single touchdown. Murray was limited in practice all week as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury, but he ended up receiving the majority of the workload this week as he and Derrick Henry continue their time share. Murray out-snapped Henry 43-to-30 while touching the ball 21 times to Henry's 15. Murray managed to find a wide open hole on the right side late in the second quarter as he ran untouched to a 16-yard gain, his longest play of the day. He followed that up with a nine-yard short pass to the right on the very next play. Murray had a nice power run for nine yards near the start of the second half, bouncing off tacklers before finishing with a spin move to pick up the first down. Outside of those plays, Murray had a slew of carries for no gain or less than three yards as he was bottled up by the Browns front seven.
2017 Week 6 vs IND (12 / 40 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
The Titans rushed 34 times in Monday's victory over the Colts, with 12 of those going to Demarco Murray. Murray looked restricted for most of this game as he still appears to be dealing with lingering issues from his hamstring. Murray's longest run of the night was only seven yards as he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. He was much more effective in the passing game as Murray hauled in a couple of couple of impressive catch-and-runs in the first half to help keep drives moving. Murray did cap off an 87-yard, nine-minute drive in the fourth quarter with a four-yard touchdown run up the middle, the first touchdown of the night for the Titans. With 16 touches for 87 yards and a touchdown, it was statistically a solid night for Murray. However, the visuals of his lingering hamstring injury combined with Derrick Henry's 19 rushing attempts has to be a concern for his workload going forward.
2017 Week 5 vs MIA (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray only managed 58 rushing yards on 14 carries while adding 11 receiving yards on four receptions as he and the entire Titans offense struggled. The Titans could never sustain a drive long enough for Murray to find a rhythm on the ground here. He busted off a couple of nice runs on the Titans one decent drive that set up their only touchdown, but outside of that, this game was a forgettable one. Murray also fumbled early in the game, but that surprisingly did not result in any additional touches for Derrick Henry as Murray out-touched him 18-to-4.
2017 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had a quiet day in Week 4 as the Texans jumped out to a very early lead which put Tennessee into a game script that would not favor rushing the ball nearly as much as they would typically plan for. Murray did average 4.4 yards per attempt, but he only carried the ball seven times while adding four yards on two receptions. Murray was used in more of a committee approach with Henry in this game, only carrying the ball one more time than Henry did.
2017 Week 3 vs SEA (14 / 115 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
After doubts about his ability to even suit up for this game due to a hamstring injury, Demarco Murray posted his first 100+ yard rushing performance of the season. Murray's clear highlight of the day came on a 75-yard touchdown run, the Titans longest play from scrimmage, late in the third quarter. He exhibited solid vision while running behind amazing blocks both at the line of scrimmage and all the way downfield until he made it safely into the end zone. Outside of this run, Murray was barely averaging over three yards per carry as he struggled against the Seahawks defensive front. Murray was routinely having a tough time finding space throughout the first half, but the offensive line played better as the game went on, constantly wearing down Seattle's defense. It is of note that Murray did yield a number of carries to Derrick Henry, who touched the ball only one-time fewer than Murray did.
2017 Week 2 vs JAX (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was only on the field for about half of this game against the Jaguars as he carried the ball only nine times compared to 14 carries for Derrick Henry. Murray was mostly absent in the second half, as it was revealed after the game that he was dealing with a tight hamstring. Murray looked sluggish in the time he was on the field, rarely finding room to run with a long carry of only seven yards. He did receive a couple of targets, hauling in one for a three-yard gain. Derrick Henry looked great in this game, which is not a great sign for Murray in terms of the future workload split that could be coming.
2017 Week 1 vs OAK (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray received less work than expected in Week 1, rushing only 16 times for 44 yards with two receptions for 16 yards. Against what was supposed to be a beat-able Raiders defensive front, the Titans seemed to struggle to establish their ground game as neither Henry nor Murray saw sustained success. Murray had one flash of brilliance with a very impressive run up the middle for 21 yards near the end of the third quarter to set up a Titans field goal. Outside of that run, Murray never rushed for more than seven yards while rushing for two or fewer yards on seven of his 12 carries. Derrick Henry took over for Murray on the second and third series of the game, but Murray resumed his role after that and for the rest of the game.
Latest NewsLions | DeMarco Murray an option for DET? (Thu Feb 15, 06:42 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray could be an option for the Detroit Lions if the Titans release him this offseason, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers. Our View: There's a good chance they will, as Derrick Henry looked good this year. Detroit has yet to find a permanent answer in the backfield, though they have been able to cobble together some pieces. We're not sure Murray is really going to be their answer, but if the price is right, it makes sense for them to try.
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