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RB Latavius Murray - Minnesota Vikings

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

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17 at DEN 16 5 11 0 1 1 14 0 0 2.5
18 at HOU 37 12 39 1 4 1 12 0 0 11.1

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 18 vs HOU (12 / 39 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Murray did nearly all of his damage on a short touchdown drive late in the first quarter. After a long punt return setup the Raiders at the Houston 38-yard line, Murray touched the ball on four of the five plays and rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on the drive. He started off with a nice run down the left sideline for 18 yards and finished the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown off of right tackle. Aside from the productive two minute stretch, Murray was unable to get anything going. With no fear of the Raiders passing game, the Texans stacked the box and easily limited the Raiders running game. The rookies received extra snaps in the second half with the Raiders trailing by two or three scores the entire third and fourth quarters.

2016 Week 17 vs DEN (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

With Carr out, the Raiders clearly hoped to rely on the running game. But the Broncos stacked the box to force McGloin to beat them. Murray and the other Raiders backs suffered as the running game never got on track. Murray caught a dump off pass for 14 yards down the right sideline soon after the Broncos pushed their lead to 24 points.

2016 Week 16 vs IND (15 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Murray got the start and made arguably his best run and catch of the season on his first touch of the game. He took a short pass on 3rd-and-ten and made a filthy cut to elude a pair of would-be tacklers and pick up the first down. Murray received a pair of goal line carries in the first quarter but was twice stuffed shy of the end zone.

2016 Week 15 vs SD (13 / 81 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

With DeAndre Washington active, the Raiders were back to a three-headed monster at running back. While Murray still received the biggest slice of the pie, he had just 14 of the 30 RB touches overall. Murray played exactly half of the snaps. A promising first quarter drive ended inside the Chargers 10-yard line on a Murray fumble. He was pushing the pile forward for a healthy gain up the middle and had the ball ripped free as he was falling to the ground. Murray did much of his damage on a pair of rushes in the two-minute drill before halftime. With the Chargers in prevent, he was able to rip off a combined 42 yards on back-to-back draw plays up the middle. Murray had his chances for a touchdown, but the Chargers won the battle at the line. With 1st-and-goal from the one-yard line, the Raiders ran Murray on 1st and 3rd down (with a play action incompletion in-between) and he was hit right at the line of scrimmage both times.

2016 Week 14 vs KC (22 / 103 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

While it wasn't a huge fantasy day, Murray may have had his best game as a Raider. He was the lone bright spot for the offense. He ran with authority, made guys miss and showed better forward body lean to power through contact. He had a number of positive runs early, but the failures in the passing game caused drives to stall. On the final possession of the first half, the Raiders offense leaned on Murray and he responded with five carries for 26 yards. The highlights were an 11-yard run on third and short and a one-yard touchdown to get the Raiders back into the game. He was the whole offense in the third quarter, rushing for 35 yards while the passing offense managed just 18. Overall, Murray was a real bright spot and he could have some even bigger fantasy games in the next few weeks when Kelechi Osemele returns to the lineup.

2016 Week 13 vs BUF (20 / 82 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

The Raiders offense has been so good lately that it seems Murray is almost a lock to get a handful of carries inside the 10-yard line each week. He again cashed in a pair of short touchdowns (from 1-yard and 3-yards out) and now has 11 touchdowns on the season (most for any Raiders running back since 1990) with six of them coming in the past four weeks. Murray played 70% of the snaps and has seen an expanded role over the past two weeks with DeAndre Washington being a healthy scratch. The Raiders decision to activate just two true backs has shortened the rotation and helped Murray to two big fantasy games back-to-back.

2016 Week 12 vs CAR (19 / 45 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Murray picked up 32 yards on an early screen play. The Raiders brought Amari Cooper across on jet sweep motion and faked the reverse to him, fooling the defense. The misdirection left Murray all alone on the other side with blockers ahead of him and he caught the short toss and galloped into the secondary. Aside from the one play, Murray wasn't a big factor in the passing game. For the second straight week, Murray wasn't able to generate a run longer than seven yards. Much of his value is tied up in whether or not he is able to score any short touchdowns and he continues to get valuable carries inside the 10 yard line. On the Raiders first touchdown drive, he was stuffed for a 4-yard loss on a 1st-and-goal carry from the six. On the Raiders second touchdown drive, Murray was able to finish it off with a 3-yard touchdown on 1st down. He ran off of left tackle and might a sharp cut to beat a defender back inside and get across the goal line. Overall, Murray had six carries inside the Panthers 10-yard line, so it's no surprise he was able to post another rushing touchdown.

2016 Week 11 vs HOU (12 / 33 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

It was more of the same for Murray. He continues to play only about half of the snaps and the Raiders running game isn't very efficient, so he is dependent upon cashing in goal line carries (which are shared with Olawale) for touchdowns for much of his fantasy value. Murray had 12 of the 18 total running back carries for the Raiders. While Murray played just 29 snaps, he was still able to rack up 17 touches. The Raiders weren't able to get much going on the ground though as the Texans defensive line won the battle in the trenches. Murray had the longest carry of any Raider at just six yards. He nearly scored a short rushing touchdown as he dove and extended the ball towards the goal line, but was marked down just short. Olawale came in for the next carry from the 1-yard line, a frustratingly common occurrence for Murray's fantasy owners. He did have his best game of the season as a receiver though. He made an impressive one-handed grab for a short gain on the opening drive and hauled in a key 39-yard reception down the sideline on the Raiders' game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

2016 Week 9 vs DEN (20 / 114 / 3 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

With the Raiders in full control of the game and intent on pounding the ball, Murray had a monster game. His approximately 50% share of the running back snaps and touches remained essentially unchanged, but the Raiders ran 85 offensive plays and the backs either took handoffs or were targeted in the passing game on 43 of those snaps. Murray played 51% of the snaps and received 49% of the running back touches. On the Raiders first goal-to-go opportunity of the game, Murray carried three straight times. After a strong 8-yard gain to the outside on first down and a minimal gain on second down, he dived over the top and reached the ball just barely over the line for the short touchdown on third down. Murray displayed his power and toughness, pushing forward and through a tackle attempt on a 13-yard reception down the right sideline. Murray broke off a huge gain on a 3rd-and-1 carry in the final two minutes before halftime. He ran through a big hole up the middle and sprinted into the secondary and down the sideline for a 42-yard gain. Murray had a 1-yard touchdown catch called back due to an illegal man downfield penalty on Donald Penn. But Murray was able to find the end zone again two plays later, running right behind Penn on the left side for a 1-yard touchdown. After multiple short passing attempts into the end zone drew flags against the Broncos, Murray punched in his third 1-yard touchdown of the game on a dive over the top of the pile.

2016 Week 8 vs TB (11 / 48 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)

Murray was the lead back, but handled just half the carries as DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale all shared snaps in the backfield. Murray's chances of scoring a goal line touchdown were hurt by penalties. On an early 1st-and-goal from the two, the Raiders were pushed back by a delay of game.

2016 Week 7 vs JAX (18 / 59 / 2 rush, 5 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Murray didn't get the start, but came in for the second drive of the game. He ran hard, with no-nonsense runs straight up the middle. He took his first goal line opportunity for a 3-yard touchdown. The Raiders went with a heavy goal line formation and Murray followed a pulling guard and a monster block from left tackle Donald Penn into the end zone. Murray had a couple targets in the two-minute drill before halftime. He pulled the first one in for a short gain, but the second one bounced right off his chest. Murray received many of his carries in the fourth quarter with the Raiders nursing a big lead, but he wasn't able to keep the chains moving. He was able to score a late touchdown from 10-yards out in the final minutes of the game (in what was essentially garbage time). On first-and-goal, he charged straight up the middle and was untouched until just before the end zone. He able to stretch the ball over the goal line after a glancing hit.

2016 Week 4 vs BAL (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

It was rough sledding for Murray against the Ravens stout run defense. His longest run of the day was just four yards. Murray played 57% of the snaps, but again had less than 50% of the RB touches. There will be better matchups for Murray moving forward, but his usage is a major concern for fantasy owners.

2016 Week 3 vs TEN (10 / 37 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Murray took his first carry of the game straight up the middle for a 22-yard touchdown. He burst through the hole untouched, juked a Safety at the second level and had a clear path to the end zone. The opening run was the only highlight of the day for Murray, who managed just 16 total yards on 10 touches the rest of the way. He received less than half of the running back snaps and touches.

2016 Week 2 vs ATL (8 / 57 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)

Murray scored the game's first touchdown on a 1st-and-goal carry from the one-yard line. The left side of the Raiders line blew a big hole in the Falcons front and Murray was able to get into the end zone easily. Murray bounced off a tackler in the backfield, broke outside and nearly scored on an impressive 18-yard gain down to the 2-yard line. He got the first-and-goal carry on the next play, but was stood up in the hole and driven backwards by linebacker Deion Jones. Murray had a big game receiving and made a couple nice runs after catching the ball short over the middle. The receiving production was largely a product of the Falcons, which left the short middle of the field wide open on nearly every play (especially late in the game when the Falcons went to a prevent defense). Murray played just less than half of the Raiders snaps (36 of 75) as the two rookies backs continue to see extensive playing time. In fact, Richard and Washington combined for five more carries than Murray.

2016 Week 1 vs NO (14 / 59 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Murray scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1st-and-goal draw play from the 6-yard line. Murray sprinted through a massive hole opened up by the interior linemen and plowed through linebacker James Laurinaitis near the goal line for the touchdown. Murray ran hard and had a few gains straight up the middle for eight or nine yards. He did a nice job spinning off the initial tackle to gain an extra yard and pick up the first down on a short yardage carry. Murray did well to pick up 13 yards on a short check down pass over the middle from Carr. While Murray played well, the young backs have more juice and are more likely to bust off big gains if they can get to the second level. While Murray should remain the starter, he is likely to continue to lose touches to Richard and Washington and Olawale is going to steal some goal line work.

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Latest News

Vikings | Latavius Murray undergoes surgery (Wed Mar 22, 06:54 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) underwent ankle surgery Wednesday, March 22, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Our View: Bad news for a player just added in free agency. He'll be ready for training camp, but Murray won't be able to practice in OTAs or minicamp. The Vikings knew Murray would need surgery before they signed him.
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Vikings | Short stay for Latavius Murray? (Sat Mar 18, 10:49 PM) - Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray's deal is for one year with two option years, and the minimum he could make is $3.4 million. The full $5.15 million that he's owed next season becomes guaranteed on the third day of the 2018 league year.

Our View: The Vikings have given Murray basically a "prove it" deal. If he succeeds for them in 2017, then they should be more than willing to pick up his option the next season.
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Vikings | Latavius Murray terms (Thu Mar 16, 11:23 AM) - Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray received a three-year, $15 million deal, according to a source.

Our View: It seems like a reasonable deal but the details aren't out yet, so we'll wait before giving it the "Black Eyed Joe Seal of Approval." We do like the fit, though Murray might struggle a bit behind a line which isn't nearly as good as the one in Oakland.
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Vikings | Latavius Murray boards Vikings' ship (Thu Mar 16, 03:08 AM) - Free-agent RB Latavius Murray (Raiders) agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, March 16. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ESPN's Field Yates reports the contract can be voided after one season.

Our View: This is a pretty good move, as Murray ran the ball well in Oakland, averaging 4.0 yards per carry for both of the last two years. On the other hand, it's easy to forget the Raiders offensive line was quietly one of the best in the NFL. Even with improvements, the Vikings line isn't in the same class, so while we like the addition, we don't trust he will stay as consistent until we see how the line looks.
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Vikings | Latavius Murray visiting Minnesota (Tue Mar 14, 02:42 PM) - Free-agent RB Latavius Murray (Raiders) is visiting the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 14.

Our View: Murray is a big-bodied all-purpose back who could carry a large load for any team that adds him. The Vikings have moved on from Adrian Peterson and could use a player like Murray.
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