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RB DeMarco Murray - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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General News (Fri Feb 5): is guaranteed $7 million in 2016, and the Eagles would take a $13 million salary cap hit if they were to release him before June 1, which makes Murray unlikely to be cut. Murray would likely have to take a pay cut to be traded.

General News (Thu Feb 4): may not return to Philadelphia Eagles next season, and Dez Bryant has already started recruiting Murray back to Dallas. The Cowboys are one of the teams included among those who might be interested in signing Murray. Murray said he is committed to the Eagles despite rumors that there may be dissension between Murray and Philadelphia.

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs NYG (12 / 69 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeMarco Murray and Chip Kelly's system weren't compatible. Usually, it's preferable to call plays that allow a between-the-tackles runner to run between the tackles rather than parallel to the line of scrimmage. Yet, game after game, play after play, there was No. 29, bouncing towards the sidelines and often met by defenders in the backfield. But when given opportunity and good blocking - a trait every runner needs regardless of skill set - Murray proved capable of pushing forward and pounding through defenders. Such was the case on his first carry of the day - a 54-yard touchdown powered by great blocking and just enough speed to elude the chasing safety. It was the longest run of his season - a rare occasion where his blockers cleared a monster hole and he was able to square his shoulders and take advantage of his natural abilities as a runner. Unfortunately, his 11 other attempts gained 15 total yards, as if the ghost of Kelly controlled the playbook.

2015 Week 16 vs WAS (5 / 27 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Trailing for most of the game, the Eagles ran the ball just 14 times for 41 yards, not including Sam Bradford's scrambles. DeMarco Murray accounted for most of those yards, with 12 of his 27 coming on one play. His one highlight in this game came late in the third quarter when he took a 3rd and 3 carry from the Washington four-yard line and plowed through a wall of defenders into the end zone. But on his next touch, with the Eagles down by six, he dropped the quick-toss from Bradford, which was scooped up by the defense and returned for six the other way. In the end, he played the least amount of snaps of all running backs, and can now look forward to someone else calling plays.

2015 Week 15 vs ARI (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeMarco Murray didn't even get a carry until the third quarter, and ended up touching the ball just twice on eight snaps. It was one of his worst ever box scores and there's nothing to suggest that his usage is going to increase to close out the season. Ryan Mathews started the game was the only effective Eagles running back. After chipping away at a few short carries, his best run of the night came on a quick pitch that he sprung for 20 yards down the field, ultimately setting up the Eagles first touchdown of the game. A little bit better blocking from Josh Huff and he might have scored. The rest of the night wasn't great. He was stuffed on a fourth-and-inches late in the first half. Then fumbled late in the third with his team trailing by 13. That turnover was especially painful as it came right after his quarterback fumbled on their previous series. He was also the target of a pass that was intercepted. It's hard to say who was at fault but it certainly looked like Mathews was in the right place and the pass was poorly placed. All things being equal, his 5.2 yards per carry was respectable considering the Cardinals defense has allowed just 3.9 per game on the season and the fourth fewest rushing yards in the league.

2015 Week 14 vs BUF (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

After all the talk of DeMarco Murray being relegated to fourth string and possibly not even being active for this game, he ended up playing the second most snaps among running backs and handled the second most carries. All told, it wasn't a great day rushing for the Eagles with the exception of a few highlights. Only one of those highlights belonged to Murray when he cut and pounded ahead for a seven yard gain. The rest of his day was a combination of a few nice four-yard carries, accompanied with six carries for three yards or less. Overall, he looked effective and decisive. The offensive line struggled to make much room for any of their backs.

2015 Week 13 vs NE (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

One would think with the Eagles in clear clock-killing mode for a good portion of the second half, DeMarco Murray would reap the benefits. Instead, he touch the ball only eight times. Seven of those touches accumulated only seven yards, with his only highlight of the afternoon coming on blast up the middle for 17 yards. He played only 14 snaps to Darren Sproles' 35 and just barely edged Kenjon Barner's 12. It was the least amount of playing time he has seen all year when healthy. Clearly, Chip Kelly has either lost faith in Murray, or he is dealing with an undisclosed injury. Whatever the case, baffling usage and even worse blocking aligns him as the fantasy bust of the year, an honor he would be running away with if not for Eddie Lacy.

2015 Week 12 vs DET (14 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeMarco Murray had one of his worst games on Thanksgiving. Some of it can be blamed on usage, the rest of it can be blamed on the fact that the Eagles fell behind early and were forced into a narrow game script. The box score pretty much tells the story; 19 of Murray's 30 yards came on one carry. He was otherwise gobbled up by the Lions front seven. He had a chance at touchdown in the second quarter but was stuffed just short of the goal line. The rest of the day was forgettable. The play calling continuously had him running parallel to the line of scrimmage rather than towards it-an unfortunate habit this season-and with the score out of hand, the Eagles were forced to abandon the run altogether.

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.

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Eagles | DeMarco Murray unlikely to be cut (Fri Feb 5, 12:45 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray is guaranteed $7 million in 2016, and the Eagles would take a $13 million salary cap hit if they were to release him before June 1, which makes Murray unlikely to be cut. Murray would likely have to take a pay cut to be traded.

Our View: Murray staying on the Eagles might not be a best case scenario. New head coach Doug Pederson is in the Andy Reid mold, and just because the Eagles will be forced to keep him due to financial considerations doesn't mean that they'll have to make him a central part of the office. The best case scenario for fantasy players might be that pay cut and trade.
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Eagles | DeMarco Murray committed to Eagles (Thu Feb 4, 07:48 PM) - Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray said he is committed to the Eagles despite rumors that there may be dissension between Murray and Philadelphia and despite a tweet by Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant telling Murray to return to the Cowboys.

Our View: The Eagles have Murray under contract through 2019, and he's got a $7 million cap number in 2016. There's $13 million left in dead money on his contract according to Spotrac.com. Of course Murray is committed to the Eagles because he's getting paid...and he's getting more than he likely would from the open market.
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Seahawks | DeMarco Murray not a fit for Seattle? (Thu Feb 4, 07:39 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray drew interest from the Seattle Seahawks last offseason before he signed with the Eagles. He could be pursued by them again this offseason if he does not return to Philadelphia. That move may not make much sense for Seattle, though, according to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. Kapadia believes RB Thomas Rawls is still the answer for Seattle's future backfield even if Murray is available.

Our View: Kapadia is one of the best beat writers in the NFL. We 100 percent believe that Rawls is the franchise back for the Seahawks going forward.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant wants DeMarco Murray back (Thu Feb 4, 06:51 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray may not return to Philadelphia Eagles next season, and Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has already started recruiting Murray back to Dallas. The Cowboys are one of the teams included among those who might be interested in signing Murray.

Our View: The Cowboys were the ninth ranked running offense in the league according to NFL.com, but they had to rotate in multiple running backs. Sure, the Cowboys would like to have Murray back but not at the price he's going to want.
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Eagles | Three teams eyeing DeMarco Murray? (Thu Feb 4, 05:35 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray could be courted by the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders or Dallas Cowboys if he does not return to the Eagles next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Those three teams were interested in Murray last offseason before he signed with the Eagles.

Our View: Whether that would be a wise move on either part is debatable Murray looked awful this past season, though it is unclear how much of that was his role in Chip Kelly's ill-conceived scheme, how much was burnout from a massive amount of carries in 2014 and what might have been a loss of ability.
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