Marcus Murphy

Buffalo Bills
Running Back #45
Buffalo Bills
Running Back #45

Marcus Murphy News

Cut by Carolina

The Panthers cut Murphy on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Carolina has opted to part ways with Murphy in order to make room for a new wave of UDFAs on the 90-man roster. Murphy hasn't appeared in a game since 2018, when he compiled 276 scoreless yards on 63 touches across 11 contests with the Bills.

May 4, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Signs reserve/future contract

Murphy signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Murphy last appeared in game action in 2018, when he logged 63 touches for 276 yards without a score across 11 contests with Buffalo. The Panthers will now take an early look at Murphy as a depth option for the 2020 season.

Dec 30, 2019 11:43 AM EST

Tries out with Houston

Murphy worked out with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Murphy joined Kenneth Dixon (knee) in the tryout, as the Texans may be seeking backfield depth behind Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson as they make a playoff push. The 27-year-old geared up in 11 games with the Bills last year, grinding out 276 scoreless yards on 63 touches.

Nov 26, 2019 11:32 AM EST

Getting looks elsewhere

Murphy logged a tryout with the Ravens on Monday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Analysis: The Bills surprisingly cut ties with Murphy ahead of the season opener, despite getting rid of veteran LeSean McCoy as well. Murphy is coming off his best season in terms of statistics in 2018, in which he carried the ball 52 times for 250 yards.

Oct 7, 2019 4:42 PM EST

Misses out on roster spot

The Bills released Murphy on Saturday, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Buffalo's surprising decision to part ways with fellow running back LeSean McCoy wasn't enough to open up a roster berth for Murphy, who likely would have been in line mainly for a special-teams role had he secured a spot. Murphy could still catch on elsewhere as a depth back and return specialist after bringing back a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's preseason finale Thursday.

Aug 31, 2019 9:59 AM EST

Delivers with big return

Murphy ran for 27 yards on eight carries during Thursday's 27-23 win over Minnesota and added 10 yards on two catches. He added a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Analysis: Murphy didn't have the day he was probably hoping for on offense, tallying 50 fewer yards than Tyree Jackson even though both finished with eight carries. He did make a big impression on special teams, however, with a momentum-shifting punt return that brought Buffalo within striking distance late. It might still have been too little, too late given Buffalo's depth at both running back and returner. He figures to be on the outside looking in despite Thursday's highlight.

Aug 29, 2019 7:45 PM EST

Buried on depth chart

Murphy (elbow) is part of a backfield that now includes LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, Senorise Perry and rookie third-round pick Devin Singletary, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: The Bills also added wide receiver Andre Roberts, who led the league in kick return yards (1,173) and ranked second in punt return yards (324) last season. Long story short, Murphy would face a difficult path to a roster spot even if he wasn't coming back from a season-ending elbow injury. He at least figures to be healthy before training camp.

Apr 29, 2019 9:19 AM EST

Lands on injured reserve

The Bills placed Murphy (elbow) on injured reserve Tuesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Murphy was knocked out of Sunday's 14-13 win against the Lions with a dislocated elbow, an injury that coach Sean McDermott said he may be able to play with, according to Fairburn. That will not come to pass, though. With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) also tending to health concerns, Keith Ford is left as the Bills' sole able-bodied back. Expect the team to be in the market for a free-agent signing at the position.

Dec 18, 2018 1:26 PM EST

May play through elbow injury

Coach Sean McDermott said Murphy may be able to play with a dislocated elbow, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Murphy didn't play through the injury in Sunday's 14-13 win over the Lions, taking 11 carries for 35 yards before handing the backfield over to Keith Ford. The Bills are still in the process of figuring out if Murphy will be able to play Week 16 in New England, though it won't make much difference if LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory ( shoulder) are available. McCoy and Ivory both missed Sunday's victory, allowing Murphy to operate as the lead back in the first half.

Dec 17, 2018 1:20 PM EST

Dislocates elbow

Murphy dislocated his elbow during Sunday's 14-13 win over the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Prior to being forced out of Sunday's game, Murphy logged 11 carries for 35 yards. Once he was hurt, the Bills were forced to turn their backfield duties over to Keith Ford (14 carries for 46 yards and one catch for seven yards), with LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) both inactive. With Murphy's Week 16 status now unclear, look for the Bills to add running back depth in short order.

Dec 16, 2018 2:08 PM EST

Suffers arm injury

Murphy was forced out of Sunday's game against the Lions with an arm injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: With Murphy injured and both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) inactive, Keith Ford is the last man standing among the Bills' running backs Sunday.

Dec 16, 2018 11:18 AM EST

Steps into larger role

Murphy is listed as the projected starter in the Buffalo backfield Sunday against Detroit, as both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) are inactive for the contest.

Analysis: Murphy saw a season-best 40 offensive snaps Week 14 against the Jets, but ended up with just five touches for 18 total yards from scrimmage. He'll get another chance against Detroit -- a run defense that has been boosted by the midseason acquisition of "Snacks" Harrison, but is one of 12 teams allowing 20 or more average fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in standard formats on the year. Backing up Murphy in the Buffalo backfield will be Keith Ford, with Isaiah McKenzie representing a wild card option to receive carries.

Dec 16, 2018 8:37 AM EST

May act as lead back Sunday

Murphy could serve as the Bills' top option out of the backfield Sunday against the Lions with both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) listed as questionable and both at risk of missing the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Citing a source, Schefter relays that McCoy isn't expected to play, while Ivory's fate won't be decided until he completes a pregame warmup. Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network -- also citing sources -- characterizes McCoy as more of a game-time decision, while Ivory isn't expected to play. Official word on the statuses of both hurting backs should come with the release of the Bills' inactive list at 11:30 a.m. EST, but Murphy would be next in line for work if both players are out and/or limited. In that scenario, Murphy could see enough touches to make for a decent speculative lineup option in deeper leagues or as a punt play in DFS tournaments, though the Bills' inclination to incorporate quarterback Josh Allen and speedy wideout Isaiah McKenzie in the run game would naturally lower Murphy's ceiling. Fellow back Keith Ford, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier this week, could also have a role on offense if McCoy and Ivory are unavailable.

Dec 16, 2018 6:15 AM EST

Could see spike in role

Murphy rushed four times for 10 yards while catching his lone target for eight more in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Murphy didn't do much with his opportunities after both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) exited due to their respective injuries. In fact, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was more productive as a rusher than Murphy, turning four carries into 22 yards and a touchdown. Should McCoy and Ivory sit out in Week 15, Murphy would become Buffalo's primary rushing option against the Lions.

Dec 9, 2018 5:01 PM EST

Logs single carry

Murphy had a seven-yard carry during Sunday's 21-17 loss to Miami.

Analysis: What's the risk of reading too much into one game? Murphy has 16 carries over his last five games. Fourteen came in Week 10 against the Jets, a game in which Buffalo's stable ran all over Gang Green. Sunday brings a rematch against the division rivals. The third-year back has been very efficient this season, averaging 5.5 yards per carry in limited duty, but it'd be a surprise if he's able to repeat his 69-yard game from Week 10. He remains behind LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory and the return of rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who did not play in the first meeting against the Jets, adds another talented rusher not named Marcus Murphy to the equation.

Dec 4, 2018 9:23 PM EST

Busy in backup role

Murphy rushed 14 times for 69 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Murphy benefited from a perfect storm of opportunity, as Chris Ivory's shoulder injury cleared out the backup running back role, and game script called for plenty of rushing attempts with Buffalo sitting on a big lead. LeSean McCoy rushed 26 times, so Murphy was the clear-cut No. 2 despite his volume. He may not get another workload as large as this one the rest of the way after the Week 11 bye.

Nov 11, 2018 3:42 PM EST

Set for key backup role

Murphy is one of only two active running backs for the Bills Sunday against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The Bills are a bit short-handed at the position with Chris Ivory listed as inactive due to a shoulder issue, leaving Murphy as the only healthy back behind starter LeSean McCoy. Murphy did see a season-high 24 offensive snaps last week against Chicago, but carried the ball just once for six yards in the blowout loss. There's a slight amount of pass-catching upside with Murphy having recorded eight receptions in the last three weeks, but it likely isn't enough to warrant serious consideration outside of deeper formats. Murphy would seemingly need an injury or other significant event to happen to LeSean McCoy, or a blowout on either side, in order to gain fantasy relevance.

Nov 11, 2018 8:47 AM EST

Sees field, weak production

Murphy rushed one time for six yards and caught three passes for minus-7 yards during Sunday's loss to the Bears.

Analysis: As usual, no one could get anything going on offense for the hapless Bills, and trying to get things kickstarted after a series of lousy games against the Bears defense proved too tough a task. Murphy did see a season-high 24 snaps in the loss, and that could continue if Chris Ivory (shoulder) has to miss any action, as that'd put Murphy into the No. 2 spot behind LeSean McCoy, who was held to 10 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Nov 5, 2018 10:17 AM EST

Helps fill in for McCoy

Murphy logged four carries for 53 yards and added five catches (on six targets) for 17 yards in Sunday's 37-5 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Murphy's profile in the Buffalo offense expanded Sunday after LeSean McCoy exited the game with a concussion. Once that occurred, Chris Ivory served as the team's lead back, with Murphy working in a change-of-pace role. After the game, it was reported that Ivory is dealing with an unspecified injury, which he downplayed. Considering that, as well as McCoy being in the NFL's concussion protocol, Murphy is a player to track as next Monday's game against the Patriots approaches.

Oct 21, 2018 2:14 PM EST

Exits game with knee injury

Murphy is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Colts due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Murphy was called upon to take snaps at the running back position following an injury to LeSean McCoy (head), but suffered a knee injury after logging four attempts for 53 yards. Expect an update on Murphy's health if after Sunday's game if the starting kick returner is unable to return to the field.

Oct 21, 2018 1:21 PM EST

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