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Latavius Murray

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #28
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #28
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Latavius Murray News

Scores in second straight game

Murray had nine carries for 36 yards and a score Sunday against the Chiefs.

Analysis: The veteran has averaged 9.5 carries per game through two outings with his new team and has punched in a touchdown in each game thus far. Ty'Son Williams out-snapped Murray and was more effective on a per-carry basis (5.9 YPC) but it's clear that the Ravens want to keep Murray involved in the run game. Baltimore heads to Detroit to face the Lions in Week 3.

Sep 21, 2021 8:58 AM EST

Expected to be part of committee

Murray, Ty'Son Williams and Devonta Freeman are all expected to be involved in a backfield committee Sunday against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: In the Week 1 loss to the Raiders, Williams started and was the most efficient back with nine carries for 65 yards and a touchdown, but he took a back seat in the second half to Murray, who finished his Ravens debut with 10 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown while playing 31 percent of the offensive snaps. The Baltimore backfield looks like it'll become more muddled in Week 2 with the addition of Freeman, who profiles as more of a threat to contend for reps on offense than the since-waived Trenton Cannon. With that in mind, Rapoport suggests that the Ravens may opt for a hot-hand approach to the backfield, making it difficult to handicap the potential workloads for any of the three backs ahead of time.

Sep 19, 2021 6:35 AM EST

Could emerge as top back

Once Murray gets up to speed with Baltimore's offense, Jamison Hensley of believes that the running back has the potential to eventually emerge as the team's top option at the position.

Analysis: In the short term, Ty'Son Williams is expected to shoulder a key role in Monday's season opener against the Raiders, but Hensley believes that Murray's physical running style profiles as an ideal fit for the Ravens' system. The team's backfield is in quick transition mode following season-ending injuries to J.K. Dobbins (knee), Gus Edwards (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles), but reinforcements are on the way, with Le'Veon Bell and/or Devonta Freeman candidates to be promoted to the team's active roster, while Trenton Cannon is on hand in reserve. Though it remains to be seen how quickly and how heavily Murray is introduced into the mix, he is nonetheless a worthy fantasy roster add to see how this situation plays out.

Sep 10, 2021 7:35 AM EST

Joining Baltimore backfield

The Ravens have reached an agreement with Murray on a one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: In the wake of a succession of season-ending backfield injuries, the Ravens are understandably adding running back depth in advance of Week 1. Once Murray's deal becomes official and corresponding roster moves are made, he'll be in line to join Ty'Son Williams and Trenton Cannon on the team's active roster, with Le'Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman profiling as candidates to be elevated from Baltimore's practice squad. Given the timing of the team's looming moves, it remains uncertain how the carries will be distributed Monday night against the Raiders, but for now it looks like Williams is headed for a key role in the contest, with a committee/hot hand approach likely to emerge by necessity in the coming weeks.

Sep 10, 2021 6:28 AM EST

Working on deal with Ravens

The Ravens are closing in on a deal with Murray, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This looked like a fit after Murray was cut by the Saints on Tuesday, and Gus Edwards' season-ending torn ACL has expedited the process between the two sides. The 31-year-old produced 1,295 rushing yards (4.4 YPC) and nine rushing touchdowns while adding 57 receptions for 411 yards and two receiving scores over the last two seasons with the Saints. Once the deal is official, he'll work in a committee with Ty'Son Williams and to a lesser extent Trenton Cannon to start the year, though Murray has a chance to lead the backfield once he's up to speed with the playbook.

Sep 9, 2021 7:32 PM EST

Cut by New Orleans

Murray was released by the Saints on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Murray recently refused a request from the Saints to take a pay cut, leading the team to release him ahead of Sunday's season opener versus Green Bay. The 31-year-old had 146 carries for 656 yards while catching 23 passes for 176 yards and five total touchdowns in 15 games last season as New Orleans' No. 2 tailback. 2020 UDFA Tony Jones, who appeared in one game as a rookie last year, will now serve as the top backup to Alvin Kamara. Murray figures to receive plenty of interest in the open market.

Sep 7, 2021 2:21 PM EST

Keeps roster spot for now

Murray has a spot on the Saints' initial 53-man roster, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Murray was rumored to be in danger of losing his spot, with the Saints able to free up some cap space by replacing him with preseason standout Tony Jones. It now appears the team will keep both backs, potentially creating confusion about who will take carries off the bench behind Alvin Kamara in Week 1 against the Packers.

Aug 31, 2021 12:21 PM EST

Garners six touches

Murray rushed four times for six yards and caught both his targets for four yards in Monday night's 23-21 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Murray saw Tony Jones get touches before him and finish with a superior line of five carries for 24 yards, adding further fuel to his quest to surpass Murray and serve as Alvin Kamara's backup. While that determination is yet to be made, it's also worth noting Murray saw action before Devonta Freeman entered in the second half. The fellow veteran managed just 18 yards on his seven totes, so it'll be interesting to see how New Orleans' backfield situation shakes out as the team now enters the final week of the preseason.

Aug 23, 2021 9:09 PM EST

Facing roster challenge?

Murray still seems likely to make the Saints' Week 1 roster, but he may be competing with Devonta Freeman for a single spot, according to Larry Holder of The Athletic.

Analysis: Murray was oft-mentioned in the winter as a potential offseason cap casualty, but the team kept him around after releasing other veterans in February and March. The Saints can still add around $3.3 million in cap space if Murray is traded/released before Week 1, per, but they might be getting a downgrade with Freeman, who is two years younger yet hasn't aged as gracefully. Both veterans lost fumbles in Saturday's preseason loss to Baltimore, while 2020 UDFA Tony Jones took seven carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. All that said, Murray has a long track record in the NFL -- playing 14 or more games in each of seven seasons -- and he did solid work for the Saints behind Alvin Kamara the past two years. It's something to watch over the next few weeks, but for now, Murray still seems likely to handle the No. 2 RB job in New Orleans.

Aug 16, 2021 7:21 AM EST

Struggles in preseason opener

Murray rushed five times for six yards and lost a fumble in Saturday's 17-14 preseason loss to the Ravens. He added an 11-yard catch on two targets.

Analysis: Murray fumbled inside the Ravens' 10-yard line on the opening drive, which will do the veteran backup no favors in his bid to usurp some red-zone carries from Alvin Kamara, who was given the night off. Devonta Freeman was even less effective on his nine touches (10 yards and a fumble lost), but Tony Jones emerged as a contender for carries behind Kamara with 120 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 10 touches against Baltimore's backups. Murray will look to tighten up his ball security in Week 2 of preseason against the Jaguars.

Aug 14, 2021 7:47 PM EST

Expects another solid year

Murray believes he can continue to improve his efficiency, Sam Shannon of the Saints' official website reports.

Analysis: Murray finished 2020 with his best numbers since his rookie season for yards per carry (4.5) and yards per target (6.8), producing 832 yards and five touchdowns on 169 touches. The workload was nearly identical to his first season in New Orleans, with Murray getting 11 fewer touches in one fewer game (he missed Week 17 in 2020). The 31-year-old running back then survived the Saints' offseason purge, despite carrying a non-guaranteed $2.95 million base salary in the third season of a four-year, $14.4 million contract. The Saints could still free up more than $2.3 million in cap space if Murray is released, but they'd likely have cut him in June if they were set on prioritizing the money over the player. While a poor training camp might put him in some danger, Murray currently appears set for a third straight season working behind superstar Alvin Kamara in the New Orleans backfield. Per usual, most of the fantasy appeal is based on what Murray might do if Kamara misses time, though it'll also depend on what the team's offense looks like with Jameis Winston and/or Taysom Hill replacing Drew Brees under center.

Jul 8, 2021 8:55 AM EST

Productive second season

Murray finished with 146 carries for 656 yards and four touchdowns and added 23 receptions for 176 yards and an additional score in his second season with the Saints.

Analysis: Murray finished his second season with the Saints with the same number of carries as he had in 2019, though he was less involved as a receiver and ended the season with fewer scrimmage yards and one fewer touchdown. Playing second fiddle to Alvin Kamara, Murray still played solid football, going for 832 yards on 179 touches and flashing his upside in a big Week 12 where he went 19-124-2. Still under contract, he'll return to New Orleans in 2021, where he'll likely play the lesser half of a timeshare with Kamara, as he's already done for two seasons.

Jan 30, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Taking seat Sunday

Murray (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game versus the Buccaneers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: After making just one limited appearance at practice this week, Murray will take a seat as a result of a quad issue. With the veteran running back sidelined, Alvin Kamara likely is in line for a sizable workload, but Dwayne Washington, Ty Montgomery and fullback Michael Burton all are available out of the Saints backfield.

Jan 17, 2021 2:24 PM EST

Looks unlikely for divisional round

Murray (quadriceps), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Buccaneers, isn't expected to play, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.

Analysis: While managing the quad injury, Murray sat out practices Wednesday and Thursday before returning to work Friday on a limited basis. That level of activity was enough for Murray to take a questionable designation into the weekend, but unless he demonstrates more improvement in a pregame workout, the 30-year-old looks at risk of being ruled out ahead of Sunday's 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff. If Murray is active, both Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery would likely dress as reserve options in the backfield, but neither can be counted on to have a sizable role on offense behind lead option Alvin Kamara.

Jan 17, 2021 6:30 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Murray (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Buccaneers after returning to a limited practice Friday, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Back-to-back DNPs Wednesday and Thursday set the stage for Friday to be pivotal with regard to Murray's chances of suiting up this weekend. If available this weekend, Murray would be in line to work in a complementary role behind the team's lead back, Alvin Kamara.

Jan 15, 2021 1:35 PM EST

Misses another practice

Murray (quad) didn't practice Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: With Murray and Taysom Hill (knee) both missing practice for a second straight day, Alvin Kamara may be tasked with an even larger portion of the rushing workload. Murray injured his quad in the wild-card win over Chicago, missing the entire fourth quarter after he pulled up limping at the end of a play in the third quarter.

Jan 14, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Sits out with quad injury

Murray was held out of practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: During this past Sunday's wild-card victory against the Bears, Murray pulled up at the end of a five-yard catch in the third quarter and eventually was deemed questionable to return with a thigh injury. With a few days to evaluate his health, he's officially tending to a quad issue. Murray is good for at least a handful of touches per game -- his season low is five, done twice (Weeks 2 and 14) -- but those could be up for grabs if he's unable to get healthy in time for Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers.

Jan 13, 2021 1:48 PM EST

Hurts thigh in wild-card round

Murray (thigh) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bears, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Murray left his mark on the game before suffering the injury, rushing four times for nine yards and catching both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown. With the Saints nursing a comfortable fourth-quarter lead, there's little reason for the team to bring Murray back in. He'll look to heal up in time for the NFC divisional round next week.

Jan 10, 2021 4:29 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Saints activated Murray (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Murray missed the regular-season finale because he was deemed to be a high-risk close contact of Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19. There's no telling when Kamara will complete the necessary testing protocol and be available to the Saints offense, but if he's unable to suit up in the wild-card round. Murray is the prime candidate to lead the backfield Sunday versus the Bears. On the season, Murray has averaged 11.3 touches for 55.5 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring five TDs in 15 appearances.

Jan 6, 2021 2:21 PM EST

In COVID-19 protocol, out Sunday

Murray was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.

Analysis: Murray and Dwayne Washington are considered high-risk close contacts to Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for the coronavirus, so both running backs will sit out Week 17. Ty Montgomery is expected to operate as the Saints' lead back against the Panthers.

Jan 2, 2021 8:42 AM EST

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