RB Latavius Murray - New Orleans Saints
|6-3, 230||Born: 2-21-1991||College: UCF||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2013|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 21): Murray was the engine of the offense with Alvin Kamara out and could get another start this week against Arizona. Even if he doesn't he should be flexworthy this week and beyond with the offense coming back together and a second half schedule featuring some defenses that give up a lot of points.
Week 8: vs Arizona Cardinals
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Latavius Murray's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 7 vs CHI (27 / 119 / 2 rush, 6 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
The Saints continue to show that they can stick anyone in the offense, and they will have success. Murray took over the starting role this week with Kamara ruled out and turned in a 100+ yard and 2 touchdown performance. The Saints ran him into the ground with 27 carries and another 6 targets in the passing game. Murray's first touchdown came from 3 yards out after a big 45-yard catch by Ted Ginn. It was a simple power I formation run that Murray took right up the middle of the defense. He was stopped about a yard short and kept churning his legs until he got in. The second touchdown put the Saints up big at the start of the 4th quarter and came from 4 yards out. Murray was the lone back and followed his left guard in for the score. He made a good cut and turned his body just enough to squeeze in between defenders for the score. Murray chipped in 5 receptions on 6 targets for another 30 yards and showed why the Saints let Mark Ingram go and brought him in to spell Kamara this season.
2019 Week 6 vs JAX (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
This was the best all around game for Murray so far this season. He carried the ball 8 times and averaged 5.5 yards per carry with a long 15-yard run off the edge. He also caught all 3 of his targets for another 35 yards and had more total yards than Kamara for the first time this season. Murray had a touchdown called back after a holding penalty on a screen play where he followed his blockers and then weaved through defenders for the score. Murray has taken a back seat to Kamara for much of the season, but showed this week why the Saints let go of Mark Ingram and brought him in. Murray is a great change of pace option for the Saints and should see his usage grow as the season wears on and Kamara needs a breather.
2019 Week 5 vs TB (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
It has been a very rocky start to the season for Murray. The constant changes with the offense have made it difficult and Murray has taken the biggest hit. He was given 7 carries this week and turned in a 4 yards per carry average. He also took away 2 targets and receptions in the passing game from Kamara but was not able to do very much with them. The role for Murray in this offense is even less than it was when he was in Minnesota with everything going through Kamara. The Saints still trust him to eat up clock time at the end of the game when needed, but his role continues to shrink. Murray benefits from game script and the Saints just have not played many games that play to his strengths.
2019 Week 4 vs DAL (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It was not a great week for Kamara as he failed to surpass 100 total yards this week. The Saints offense was out of sync and there were no explosive of big plays from anyone. Kamara had a long run of 13 yards on the ground and saw the ball spread around the offense more than in recent weeks. He carried the ball 17 times and other players had 10 carries. Taysom Hill had the longest run on the ground from the wild cat, and Kamara's never got a chance down around the goal line to punch in a touchdown. He caught all 3 of his targets this week but was covered by Dallas very well. Michael Thomas, Josh Hill, Jared Cook, and Ted Ginn all saw more targets in the passing game this week and the Saints did not utilize one of their best weapons out of the back field. Kamara has a great matchup next week against a Tampa Bay defense that gave up multiple touchdown to Todd Gurley and this week's game will be a distant memory.
2019 Week 3 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a tough day for Murray as he was only given 2 carries and did not play any major role in the offense at all. The game script should have called for grinding out drives in the second half and trying to burn clock, but the Saints went with Kamara instead of Murray this week. We did not expect anywhere close to the same type of split Kamara had with Mark Ingram last season, but Murray warrants more than 2 carries in a game. This offense is trying to figure out who they are without Brees under center and that could lead to some frustrating results from some players each week.
2019 Week 2 vs LAR (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Saints rushing attack totaled 20 carries for a total of 57 yards, and Murray did not play a major role in any of that. His 5 carries for 7 yards averages out to just 1.7 yards per carry and his lone reception more than doubled his yards on the ground. Murray also did not look good in pass protection as Bridgewater was hurried on almost every drop back Murray was in the game. The Saints abandoned the running game this week and that type of game script does not bring much value for Murray. The Saints are going to try and establish the run next week in Seattle to prevent a repeat of this week and Murray is going to have to play much better or he will see even more of his carries going to Kamara.
2019 Week 1 vs HOU (6 / 43 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
With the departure of Mark Ingram, the Saints signed Murray in the offseason to compliment Kamara in the back field. He is the bigger back and is used in power situations and when the Saints need to run off some clock. In his first regular season game, Murray did not disappoint and managed to do everything that was asked of him. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry (inflated by a 30-yard run), caught 2 of his 3 targets, and looked good in pass protection. Murray is not the same back that Ingram is and will not see the same workload over the course of the year, but he seems to have a clear role and the Saints are not afraid to use him. Murray's 30-yard run went for a touchdown and was straight up the middle. Murray burst through the second level and made a sharp cut to the outside before turning on the burners and outrunning the entire defense. He showed that he is not just a power back and that he has break-away speed when he needs it.
Latest NewsSaints | Latavius Murray rumbles over Chicago (Sun Oct 20, 10:46 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray rushed 27 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 31 yards in a 36-25 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 7. link to story Saints | Latavius Murray posts 79 total yards (Sun Oct 13, 04:16 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray rushed for 44 yards on eight carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. He also caught three passes for 35 yards during the game. Our View: Murray had a long catch and run touchdown called back by penalty and looked swift and powerful all afternoon. He might have a larger role going forward with Alvin Kamara nursing an ankle injury.
link to story Saints | Latavius Murray not on injury report (Fri Oct 11, 04:18 PM) - Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 11, but is not on the injury report for Week 6. link to story Saints | Latavius Murray a no-go Friday (Fri Oct 11, 03:01 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (non-injury) was not at the portion of practice open to the media Friday, Oct. 11, but head coach Sean Payton later clarified his absence was not injury-related. link to story
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