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RB Latavius Murray - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 230Born: 2-21-1991College: UCFDrafted: Round 6

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Murray had ankle surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson on March 22, 2017. The team announced that they expect him to fully recover and be ready for the open of training camp. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the surgery was to remove bone spurs. He has begun camp on the PUP list.

Summary

On top of the Vikings drafting Dalvin Cook they added Latavius Murray from the Raiders who is coming off a 788 rushing yards and 12 touchdown season. Murray has been dealing with an ankle injury but is hopeful to be ready by the time camp starts and should be in a battle with Cook for playing time. Murray signed a three-year contract with the Vikings this offseason and appeared to be their primary ball carrier but that got turned upside down when the Vikings invested in Cook. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 46, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 41, 41, 43, 44, 44, 45, 47, 50, 51, 53, 55
RB Redraft PPR - 46, 34, 36, 38, 41, 41, 41, 41, 42, 43, 44, 44, 45, 45, 46, 49, 50, 51, 56, 56
RB Dynasty - 39, 28, 36, 43, 44, 53, 55
Overall Dynasty - 108, 71, 74

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 OAK 15 82 424 2 23 17 143 0
2015 OAK 16 266 1066 6 53 41 232 0 1
2016 OAK 14 195 788 12 43 33 264 0 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 128 * * 23 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 90 * * 22 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 170 * * 22 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 15 104 * * 23 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall-PPR: 120
RB-PPR: 43

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Latest News

Vikings | Latavius Murray placed on active/PUP list (Mon Jul 24, 12:09 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 24.

Our View: That seemed to be the plan this entire offseason. When Murray is healthy, he will compete with rookie Dalvin Cook for the starting job. We expect Cook to win the job and Murray to play as a reserve.
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Vikings | Latavius Murray not doing much (Mon Jul 24, 11:46 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) isn't doing much at camp Monday, July 24.

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Vikings | Latavius Murray shows up early (Sun Jul 23, 10:26 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'

Our View: Murray is going to compete with rookie Dalvin Cook when healthy. We think Cook wins the job to begin the year and so long as he doesn't fumble the job away (fumbling problems plagued him at Florida State), Murray should be relegated to a backup role.
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Vikings | Latavius Murray falling back (Tue Jul 11, 11:51 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is losing his grip on the starting job due to the addition of RB Dalvin Cook. Murray has missed the entire offseason recovering from ankle surgery, and Cook's blend of speed and versatility coincides with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's stylistic history at the position.

Our View: Had the Vikings known Cook would fall to the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, they probably wouldn't have paid Murray a three-year, $15 million contract with $3.4 million guaranteed. Cook is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball, and he's a much more dangerous runner than Murray. The rookie from Florida State has a history of fumbling, he needs to work on pass protection, and he's not a power player so perhaps Murray can get some time as a goal-line back for the Vikings if he doesn't win the starting job.
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2017 Schedule

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2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Chicago Bears
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8@ Cleveland Browns
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