|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 223 lb.|
|Born:||February 21, 1991|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 6 (181)|
Murray is poised for a lead role in the Saints offense with Alvin Kamara (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game in Chicago, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With only Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner behind him on the depth chart, Murray figures to take on the majority of Kamara's usual workload, albeit against a tough Chicago defense. The Bears have looked a bit more vulnerable this season, allowing Josh Jacobs to run for 123 yards and two touchdowns when star DE Akiem Hicks suffered a major elbow injury two weeks ago in London. Hicks is now on injured reserve, while the Saints have a healthy offensive line that consistently ranks among the best in the league. Murray and Michael Thomas will need to do the heavy lifting on offense with Kamara joined by Jared Cook (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) on the inactive list.
Murray rushed eight times for 44 yards and secured all three targets for 35 yards in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: Murray was set for a potential lead-back role Sunday before Alvin Kamara was declared active despite his ankle injury, but Murray ended up seeing a solid workload anyhow. The veteran back also had a touchdown reception called back due to penalty, but he still finished with season highs in rushing and receiving yardage. Murray will look to help ease Kamara's workload again Week 7 against the Bears, another game where he might see an uptick in touches with the Saints' starting back now also dealing with a knee issue suffered against Jacksonville.
Murray didn't practice Friday due to personal reasons but doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest at Jacksonville, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Alvin Kamara is tending to an ankle injury, which limited his practice reps Thursday before keeping him out entirely Friday. Kamara is listed as questionable for Week 6, and a decision on his status won't be made until about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. kickoff. If he's hindered or inactive, Murray is on hand to keep the ground game running. On the season, Murray has averaged 3.9 yards per carry and hauled in six of seven targets.
Murray rushed seven times for 28 yards, adding two receptions for six yards in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: It was another low-usage afternoon, as Alvin Kamara finished with 22 total touches - 13 more than Murray. Murray is a clear backup, and he is not being utilized in a complimentary role as Mark Ingram was for the two years he and Kamara played together. Murray has little value outside of deep leagues, and he is an elite handcuff to Kamara.
Murray rushed four times for 14 yards, catching one pass for six yards in the Saints' 12-10 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.
Analysis: Murray did very little in the Saints' win, yielding almost all of the backfield touches to Alvin Kamara. Kamara went for 89 total yards and continues to be the focal point of the offense, while Murray is a complimentary option at best. Murray is a low-usage option who can be safely dropped in 12-team leagues.
Murray rushed twice for two yards in the Saints' 33-27 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Analysis: Murray was wholly uninvolved in the contest, marking two straight games of similar production. Since scoring a touchdown in Week 1 against the Texans, Murray has just seven carries for nine yards and one reception for 16 yards. Alvin Kamara -- who piled up 161 total yards on the day -- is the focal point of the offense, and Murray can be left on benches until further notice.
Murray rushed five times for seven yards and brought in his only target for 16 yards in the Saints' 27-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: Murray had gotten his Saints tenure off to a solid start in Week 1, averaging just over seven yards per carry on his six rushes versus the Texans on Monday night. That efficiency on the ground was nowhere to be found Sunday, however, with the Rams not having to worry about the threat of Drew Brees (hand) after his first-quarter exit turned into a game-long absence. That allowed them to hone in on the run more than usual, resulting in Murray's 16-yard reception qualifying as the highlight of his afternoon. The veteran back will look to put together a better performance versus the Seahawks in a Week 3 road battle.
Murray rushed six times for 43 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 30-28 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Murray also caught two of his three targets for a total of four yards, but his Saints debut was undoubtedly highlighted by his 30-yard touchdown scamper to begin the second quarter. For someone who had scored 20 of his 26 rushing touchdowns over the past three seasons from inside the 10-yard line, Murray's long-distance end-zone trip marked an unusual occurrence. As New Orleans' new big-bodied complement to superstar speedster Alvin Kamara's in their accomplished running game, Murray play Monday only enhances his outlook ahead of Week 2's matchup against the Rams.
Murray (undisclosed) wasn't listed on the Saints' initial Week 1 injury report, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Murray missed practice and preseason Week 3 for an unknown reason, but it turned out to be a non-story in the end. Set to serve as the second piece in a backfield that employs Alvin Kamara, Murray should have a healthy dose of snaps on a weekly basis, like Mark Ingram received both of the past two seasons.
Murray (undisclosed) did not play in Saturday's preseason win over the Jets.
Analysis: It remains to be seen what, if anything is ailing Murray, but when healthy, he's in line to serve as a complementary option behind the Saints' top back, Alvin Kamara. It's a role that gives Murray modest fantasy utility out of the gate, but one that also puts him an injury away from relevance, given that Dwayne Washington and Jacquizz Rodgers aren't threats to his status as the team's No. 2 RB.
Murray (undisclosed) didn't practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Per the report, it's not clear why Murray was absent, but it's possible the running back is simply getting a veteran rest day. When healthy, Murray is in line to serve as a complementary option behind the Saints' top back, Alvin Kamara.
Murray carried three times for 14 yards and caught all three of his targets for an additional 22 yards during Friday's 34-25 preseason loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Murray mixed in behind Alvin Kamara, averaging a healthy 6.0 yards per touch in limited action. Most notably he made an impact as a pass-catcher after he was expected to merely serve as an early-down option alongside his aforementioned backfield mate. Murray will still likely receive most of his touches as an inside runner, but at least he's showing the team he's capable of more at an early stage.
Murray (undisclosed) is back at practice Saturday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Murray missed most of this week due to an undisclosed absence, but it is a bit odd that there was no mention of an injury from the Saints camp. The veteran running back is expected to have a major impact in the offense after the departure of Mark Ingram, with both Murray and Alvin Kamara expected to split the majority of the offensive snaps.
Murray is set to join the Saints on a four-year, $14.4 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The contract suggests Mark Ingram priced himself out of the Saints' comfort zone, forcing the team to assess external options to pair with Alvin Kamara in the backfield. It's hard to sell this as anything but a downgrade from the team's perspective, but it does appear to be a decent outcome for Murray, who will now take on a complementary role in an excellent offense. Ingram averaged 11.5 carries and 2.3 targets per game in 2018, with seven touchdowns in 12 appearances. It's reasonable to expect a similar workload for Murray in 2019.
Murray is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March and is hoping for the opportunity to compete for a starting job, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. "I want to start. I'm not content with being in a backup role," Murray said Monday. "I want to compete, and Dalvin [Cook] knows that. We push each other. That's what it's about. But I would love to be back here for that opportunity to compete."
Analysis: Murray seems to have enjoyed his time in Minnesota, but he'll need to look elsewhere if he's truly determined to compete for a starting job. Playing behind lead back Dalvin Cook, the 28-year-old averaged 15.2 snaps and 7.9 touches over the final eight weeks of the 2018 campaign, essentially disappearing whenever the Vikings played from behind. It's hard to imagine any franchise being excited about signing Murray as a starter, but he shouldn't have much trouble finding an opportunity to compete for work. Another season in Minnesota likely would require a hometown discount, considering the Vikings don't have a ton of cap space but do have much bigger needs than a high-end backup running back.
Murray ran for 22 yards on nine carries and added two catches for six yards during Sunday's 27-9 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Through 13 games with John DeFilippo calling plays, Minnesota dropped back on 62.2 percent of offensive snaps. With Kevin Stefanski now calling the shots, and pledging for a return to the grind-it-out style that took the Vikings to the conference title game last season, Minnesota has dropped back on just 43.8 percent of offensive snaps over the past two weeks. That's good news for Minnesota's stable as a whole, but Dalvin Cook has been the primary beneficiary, edging out Murray 35 carries to 24. This return to pound-it-out football will face a tough test in Week 17 against a Chicago defense that ranks in the top five in the league against the run, surrendering just 3.8 yards per carry.
Murray rushed 15 times for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 win over Miami. He wasn't targeted in the passing game.
Analysis: Murray scored Minnesota's third touchdown of the first quarter courtesy of an 18-yard run, handing his team a 21-0 lead. Playing from ahead throughout, the Vikings gave 15 carries to Murray and 19 to Dalvin Cook. Cook was the much more explosive running back with 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns, so Murray's owners will need to hope that Minnesota races out to a similar early lead against the Lions in Week 16 for Murray to have a realistic shot of replicating this performance.
Murray rushed three times for four yards in Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Murray was again used sparingly while working behind Dalvin Cook, whose 13 carries marked his most since Week 1. Cook also scored through the air, where Murray was not targeted once. With four or fewer carries in three of his last four outings, Murray's stock has returned to that of a backup tailback in need of an injury ahead of him to carve out more significance.
Murray had four carries for 11 yards and two receptions for three yards in Sunday's loss at New England.
Analysis: Murray played just 12 snaps compared to 47 for Dalvin Cook (who had nine carries for 84 yards). Cook looked sharp (9.3 YPC) and back to full speed after earlier hamstring issues, so Murray could be relegated to a decreased role in the final four games of the regular season.
Murray carried the ball 11 times for 33 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Packers.
Analysis: The Vikings featured a more-balanced offensive gameplan compared to last week's loss to the Bears, but neither Murray or Dalvin Cook were able to do much on the ground against the Packers. The veteran has seen his role reduced over the last three games since Cook's return from injury, but the two have maintained a fairly-even split in terms of rush attempts over that span. Murray doesn't possess enough upside to be worth looks in standard formats while in a timeshare, as his biggest fantasy impact is acting as a thorn in the side of those with shares in Cook. He remains a low-end option for Week 13's matchup against the Patriots.
News powered by