Latavius Murray

Denver Broncos
Running Back #28
Denver Broncos
Running Back #28

Latavius Murray News

Just short of century mark

Murray rushed 13 times for 92 yards and caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Murray dominated the touches in Denver's backfield as the clear lead option in the aftermath of Melvin Gordon's release and Chase Edmonds' high ankle sprain, as Marlon Mack and Devine Ozigbo combined for two carries and two targets. The 32-year-old running back ripped off a 52-yard run in the second quarter, but a Russell Wilson fumble two plays later prevented Denver from getting points on the drive. While Murray has a high touch floor on the ground, Denver's collective struggles on offense and the veteran's limited involvement in the passing game cap Murray's upside heading into a Week 13 trip to Baltimore.

Nov 27, 2022 2:32 PM EST

No designation for Sunday

Murray (wrist) won't take an injury designation into Sunday's game at Carolina, Aric Di Lalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: After being listed as a limited participant at practices Wednesday and Thursday, Murray cleared about any concern about his availability for this weekend by practicing fully Friday. With Denver waiving Melvin Gordon and with Chase Edmonds (ankle) moving to injured reserve earlier this week, Murray should be in store for the lead role out of the backfield against the Panthers, though the 3-7 Broncos also aren't likely to be overly committed to a 32-year-old journeyman back on an expiring deal. Though Murray has scored three touchdowns in five games since joining Denver, he's averaging a lowly 3.3 yards per carry and 4.3 yards per target. Marlon Mack should make his Denver debut Sunday and could cut into Murray's workload if he impresses early on, but Mike Boone (ankle) -- who is on injured reserve but could be activated as soon as Week 13 -- might be the best bet of the trio to finish the season as Denver's lead back.

Nov 25, 2022 1:03 PM EST

Listed as limited on practice estimate

Murray (wrist) was listed as limited on Thursday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Murray was also listed as limited Wednesday, so he may need to practice fully Friday in order to avoid an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Panthers. Assuming he's active this weekend, Murray will be in line to lead Denver's Week 12 rushing attack, with Marlon Mack in reserve and the team likely to add further backfield depth via the practice squad.

Nov 24, 2022 10:29 AM EST

Dealing with minor injury

Murray (wrist) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: With no indication the wrist injury is serious, Murray figures to operate as the lead back for an offense that just lost Melvin Gordon (waived) and Chase Edmonds (high ankle sprain). The Broncos are left with Murray and Marlon Mack on the active roster and Devine Ozigbo and Tyreik McAllister on the practice squad. Murray has already scored three touchdowns in five games with the Broncos, averaging 12.6 carries for 41.8 yards (3.3 YPC) and 2.2 catches for 11.2 yards. He'll likely get most of the team's carries this Sunday at Carolina.

Nov 23, 2022 2:21 PM EST

Lead back with Gordon gone

Murray's set to take over as the top option in Denver's backfield after the team waived Melvin Gordon on Monday.

Analysis: Gordon was benched after losing a fumble by the goal line in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Raiders, and he was subsequently removed from the roster. Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that fellow Broncos running back Chase Edmonds is expected to miss "a few weeks" due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the loss to Vegas, so Denver's only healthy alternative to Murray is Marlon Mack. Murray has scored four touchdowns in six games, while Mack has yet to play an offensive snap in 2022.

Nov 21, 2022 10:41 AM EST

Season-high 17 carries

Murray rushed the ball 17 times for 49 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Raiders. He added four receptions for 23 yards.

Analysis: Murray split carries evenly with Melvin Gordon through the first two quarters. However, Gordon had a costly fumble just before halftime, so Murray benefited with a more expanded role in the second half to tally a season-high in carries. As has been the case, he wasn't particularly efficient with his chances, though he did fall into the end zone for a one-yard score. In addition to the rushing volume, he also chipped a season-best four receptions. With Chase Edmonds (ankle) beat up, it's possible that Murray is the primary back for Denver in a Week 12 matchup with the Panthers.

Nov 20, 2022 6:24 PM EST

Leads Denver in carries

Murray rushed the ball nine times for 24 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to Tennessee. He added three receptions on three targets for 23 yards.

Analysis: Murray paced the Denver backfield with nine carries, despite Melvin Gordon drawing the start and working the first few offensive possessions. Neither back was particularly efficient on the ground, though Gordon managed a superior performance as a pass catcher. While both Gordon and Murray split the work fairly evenly out of Denver's backfield, it's unclear whether the team may plan to mix Chase Edmonds in more regularly as he grows more familiar with the offense.

Nov 13, 2022 8:08 PM EST

Role may shrink with Edmonds pickup

Murray and Melvin Gordon could see their opportunities out of the Denver backfield take a hit after the Broncos acquired Chase Edmonds from the Dolphins on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Denver and Miami executed a blockbuster deal ahead of the trade deadline, with Edmonds, a 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick going to the Broncos in exchange for outside linebacker Bradley Chubb and a 2025 fifth-round selection. Edmonds had been in the midst of a disappointing first season in Miami and was struggling to find playing time behind Raheem Mostert, but the duo of Murray and Gordon likely represents less imposing competition for snaps and touches. The two had essentially split the work the past two weeks, with Murray carrying 22 times for 70 yards (3.2 YPC) and two touchdowns to go with three receptions for 12 yards over that stretch. Gordon, meanwhile, held the edge in playing time with 53.6 percent of the snaps, but he struggled to a 3.1 yards-per-carry average on 20 totes. Given that the Broncos aren't tied to either Murray or Gordon beyond 2022, the coaching staff could opt to give Edmonds a look in a three-down role if he quickly establishes himself as a superior option to either back. At least initially coming out of the Broncos' Week 9 week, Edmonds may be part of a three-headed timeshare in the backfield that would limit the fantasy upside of Edmonds, Murray and Gordon.

Nov 1, 2022 11:50 AM EST

Leads Denver's backfield

Murray rushed the ball 14 times for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Jaguars. He added one reception for 13 yards.

Analysis: Murray's usage continues to fluctuate, as he led Denver's backfield with 14 carries as opposed to Melvin Gordon's nine. Murray wasn't all that effective -- he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry -- but he managed a game-winning plunge into the end zone from two yards away late in the fourth quarter. Through three games with the Broncos, Murray has reached double-digit carries on two occasions, and he has also scored a touchdown in consecutive contests.

Oct 30, 2022 12:05 PM EST

Hits pay dirt in loss

Murray rushed eight times for 24 yards and a touchdown while catching two of three targets for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Murray took a backseat to fellow running back Melvin Gordon in Week 7, playing 31 of the Broncos' 79 offensive snaps while Gordon was in on 40 snaps. With that said, the veteran accounted for Denver's only touchdown in the contest. Murray's decline in usage seemed inevitable after head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Melvin Gordon would start while Murray would have a role off the bench after the Broncos' barely used Gordon in Week 6. Though it's difficult to predict how what the backfield split will look like going forward, it's important to note that fellow back Mike Boone was placed on injured reserve Monday after suffering an ankle injury Sunday. This should open up opportunities for both Murray and Gordon. The 32-year-old will look to improve upon his performance with a Week 8 matchup against the Jaguars.

Oct 26, 2022 2:03 AM EST

Won't start this week

Coach Nathaniel Hackett said Wednesday that Melvin Gordon will start Sunday's game against the Jets, while Murray will have a role off the bench, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: That's technically what happened in Monday's loss to the Chargers, only Gordon barely played after the first quarter and finished with three carries to Murray's 16. Further complicating matters was the involvement of Mike Boone, who got one carry and four targets on 36 percent snap share. Any of them is a risky fantasy option for Week 7, even if the Broncos prioritize their running game while Russell Wilson deals with a hamstring injury.

Oct 19, 2022 12:09 PM EST

Takes over backfield

Murray rushed the ball 15 times for 66 yards in Monday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers. He added one reception for -2 yards.

Analysis: Murray was active for the first time since signing with the Broncos on Oct. 3 and immediately took over duties as the lead back. He accounted for 15 of the team's 19 carries by running backs, while Melvin Gordon saw only three rushing attempts. Murray wasn't overly effective and managed only one carry that went for over 10 yards. However, given Gordon's early-season struggles, Murray could remain the team's preferred rusher moving forward.

Oct 17, 2022 9:19 PM EST

No designation for Monday

Murray (wrist) doesn't have a designation for Monday's game at the Chargers.

Analysis: On Oct. 3, the Broncos signed Murray of the Saints' practice squad in the wake of Javonte Williams' torn ACL, but he was a healthy scratch for the team's last game Thursday, Oct. 6, likely due to his lack of familiarity with the playbook. After logging full practices throughout Week 6 prep, though, Murray is ready for his Denver debut. With Melvin Gordon (neck/ribs) questionable, there's a chance Mike Boone and Murray may be more involved out of the backfield, assuming the latter is active.

Oct 15, 2022 10:22 PM EST

Inactive Thursday

Murray is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Colts.

Analysis: With Murray -- a recent addition to Denver's roster -- inactive Thursday, Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone are in line to lead the team's Week 5 backfield, with Devine Ozigbo up from the practice squad to provide added depth versus Indianapolis. Murray will now look to make his debut for the Broncos in Week 6 against the Chargers.

Oct 6, 2022 3:54 PM EST

Candidate to be inactive Thursday

Murray isn't expected to be active for Thursday night's game against the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport indicates that Murray, who logged 11 carries for the Saints this past Sunday, is expected to debut with Denver in Week 6 against the Chargers. If Murray is indeed inactive Thursday, Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone would be in line to handle the Broncos' rushing duties versus the Colts now that Javonte Williams (knee) is on injured reserve.

Oct 6, 2022 10:54 AM EST

Officially added to roster

The Broncos signed Murray off the Saints' practice squad Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of Denver's official site reports.

Analysis: In a corresponding move, the Broncos placed Javonte Williams (knee) on injured reserve after the second-year back sustained season-ending ACL and LCL tears in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. The addition of Murray gives the Broncos another experienced option to complement Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone, who could be first in line for reps out of the backfield until Murray gets acclimated with his new surroundings. Because the Broncos face a quick turnaround for Week 5 with a matchup against the Colts on Thursday, Murray may hold only a limited role in his team debut, if he's active for the contest at all. Murray had previously elevated from the Saints' practice squad for their Week 4 loss to the Vikings in London, carrying 11 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while turning his lone target into an eight-yard gain.

Oct 4, 2022 8:47 AM EST

Signing with Denver

The Broncos are signing Murray off the Saints' practice squad, Mike Klis of Denver 9News reports.

Analysis: Denver's bringing in Murray to help fill the void created by Javonte Williams' season-ending ACL tear. Murray will join a Broncos backfield that includes the fumble-prone Melvin Gordon (neck) and Mike Boone. Murray had reverted back to the Saints' practice squad after rushing for 57 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against the Vikings, making the 32-year-old running back available for any team to sign.

Oct 3, 2022 6:09 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Murray rushed the ball 11 times for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Vikings. He added one reception for eight yards.

Analysis: Murray split touches evenly with Mark Ingram, in the absence of Alvin Kamara (ribs). Murray looked more impressive with the opportunity, highlighted by eight rushes of more than five yards. He also plunged into the end zone from one yard away to tally his first touchdown of the season. Murray has spent the majority of the campaign on the Saints' practice squad, though he could return to the active roster if Kamara remains out for a Week 5 matchup against the Seahawks.

Oct 2, 2022 1:14 PM EST

Up to active roster

Murray was elevated to the Saints' active roster Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Saints already ruled out quarterback Jameis Winston (back/ankle/hip) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (foot) ahead of Sunday's game in London, and it's possible the move to call up Murray might be in conjunction with the status of Alvin Kamara who is listed as questionable with an ongoing ribs injury. If Murray were to be officially active for Sunday's game it would mark his second stint with the Saints after playing with them across the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Oct 1, 2022 2:03 PM EST

Joins New Orleans' practice squad

Murray signed with the Saints' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Though he won't be immediately added to the 53-man roster, Murray, who previously spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Saints, may not have to wait long to begin his second stint in New Orleans. Murray's addition to the practice squad could hint at least some concern about the health of lead back Alvin Kamara (rib) and/or third-stringer/special teamer Dwayne Washington (hamstring), who are both nursing injuries in advance of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Coming off a 2021 campaign with Baltimore in which he tallied 501 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries to go with 10 receptions for 75 yards in 14 games, Murray went unsigned throughout the offseason and preseason.

Sep 13, 2022 2:13 PM EST

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