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DeMarco Murray | Running Back | #29

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 3 (71) / DAL
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TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt expects DeMarco Murray to be the "workhorse" this season.
The Titans have consistently praised Murray's attitude and work ethic since acquiring him from the Eagles in March, and Wyatt reports the team expects him to "return to form" this season. While that may be true, they did not spend a second-round pick on Derrick Henry for nothing. Both backs should get work, and Henry could see a lot more than expected if Murray struggles again this season. Murray is ridiculously overpriced as the RB18. Jul 19 - 9:46 AM

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Titans RBs coach Sylvester Croom called DeMarco Murray a "coach's dream."

Croom has been "blown away" by Murray's work ethic and leadership skills. He's also been impressed by rookie Derrick Henry, though Murray is obviously the more polished product. Murray imploded in Philly last year and never saw eye-to-eye with head coach Chip Kelly. He's off to a much better start in Tennessee.
Source: titans.com
Jul 8 - 4:39 PM

DeMarco Murray said he feels more comfortable in Mike Mularkey's offense than he did with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.

"It’s strictly downhill and that’s what I’ve been accustomed to my entire life," said Murray. "Nothing against last year or what happened, it just didn’t work out." Murray was running on fumes last season after being overworked in his last year with Dallas. A change of scenery in a simpler offense could be Murray's ticket to a bounce-back season. He'll need to create distance ahead of 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry first.
Jun 22 - 6:44 PM

Titans OC Terry Robiskie said the Titans could employ the "hot hand" approach at running back.

"If we get to going in the game and some guy gets the hot hand and that’s what it takes to win the game then that is what we are going to do," Robiskie said. "We are not going to sit down before the game and say, 'So and so has to have 20 carries, or he has to touch it 25 times.'" DeMarco Murray is expected to open the season as the starter, but the Titans spent a second-round pick on Derrick Henry for a reason. If Murray comes out of the gates looking as terrible as he did last season in Philadelphia, Henry could see a lot more work than many are anticipating. Murray is a risk at his current 4th/5th-round ADP.
Jun 9 - 9:59 AM

TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt said "the plan" is for DeMarco Murray to handle "the bulk of the carries."

Coach Mike Mularkey said as much right after the Titans spent a second-round pick on Derrick Henry. While that could be the plan right now, Henry will certainly get his opportunities and could end up stealing work if Murray looks as sluggish and spent as he did last year in Philadelphia. For what it is worth, Wyatt says Murray has "been impressive so far."
May 28 - 10:52 AM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said DeMarco Murray "loved" the selection of Derrick Henry in the second round of the NFL draft.

Mularkey spoke with Murray immediately after the Titans made the pick. "I told DeMarco, ‘Nothing has changed since we made the trade for you. You’re still going to be the guy who is going to carry the load for us,'" Mularkey said. Considering how "well" Murray handled challenges to his workload in Philadelphia last season, there is no way this could go poorly.
May 2 - 10:40 AM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey says new RB DeMarco Murray will be "used extensively."

In the same breath, Mularkey also said the Titans would try to manage Murray's workload, but made it clear they plan to use the ex-Eagle as their foundation back. "I think he has a lot of juice left in the tank still, I really do,’’ Mularkey said. "(We) will be smart with him, how we handle him. We are going to manage him, but he is going to run the ball. He will be used extensively." Mularkey went on to hint he may try to establish a different third-down back, but left no doubt Murray will be carrying the early-down mail. It's fair to wonder how much Murray has left after a dead-legged 2015, but volume alone has him squarely on the RB2 radar.
Mar 22 - 8:46 PM

TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt reports DeMarco Murray will "carry the load" in Tennessee.

"The Titans like him because he’s a do-it-all back who can run it and catch it out of the backfield," Wyatt writes. Bishop Sankey is likely to be traded or waived, and David Cobb, Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster are not real threats to Murray's touches. After what he deemed a "year off" in Philadelphia, Murray should once again be a workhorse. The sheer volume of touches will give him weekly value, but playing on dead legs behind a questionable offensive line, Murray is ripe to be overvalued again this draft season.
Mar 12 - 12:11 PM

DeMarco Murray said he feels "fresh" after he "took a year off last year."

It was a joke, but in every joke there is a bit of truth. A year after totaling almost 500 touches in the regular season and playoffs for the Cowboys, Murray "only" touched the ball 237 times in his one season in Philadelphia. He looked washed up on most of those touches, but perhaps the relatively quiet year will add some life to his legs. The one thing crystal clear is Murray could not be happier to be out of Philly.
Mar 10 - 7:25 AM

975 The Fanatic's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles and Titans will swap fourth-round picks as the terms of the DeMarco Murray trade.

The exact terms haven't been established because compensatory picks will move the slots down, but it's obviously a minor price for Tennessee to pay. The Titans do have the No. 2 pick in round four, so the Eagles will move to the top of that round. The Titans move down 13 slots. The real reason Philadelphia dealt Murray was to get rid of his contract. That deal was revised upon his arrival in Nashville, and is now valued at $25.5 million over four years.
Mar 9 - 12:04 PM

DeMarco Murray agreed to a revised contract with the Titans that has a base value of $25.5 million over four years.

That's a $6.34 million annual average, although Murray can earn up to $33 million via incentives. The deal contains $12.5 million guaranteed. The Titans now have Murray under control through his age-31 season. Including playoffs, Murray amassed 497 touches in 2014 with Dallas. He logged 237 more last year.
Mar 8 - 10:21 PM

Titans acquired RB DeMarco Murray from the Eagles in exchange for undisclosed draft pick compensation.

NFL observers should be impressed with Eagles GM Howie Roseman, who in a matter of days will be unloading a huge chunk of salary, and three players who were almost entirely ineffective in 2015. Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell are also headed out the door. Murray averaged 3.64 yards per carry last season, and his legs have appeared dead since the end of the 2014 campaign in Dallas, where Murray amassed nearly 500 all-purpose touches. In theory, Murray will give the Titans a bellcow running back and provide an upgrade on Antonio Andrews. Like Murray, however, Andrews also finished last season with a 3.64 YPC average. Murray, of course, is far more skilled in the passing game. Either way, this trade looks like a big win for Philadelphia and a potentially ugly one for Tennessee.
Mar 7 - 7:04 PM

In an interview on PFT Live, Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman said DeMarco Murray "wants to be here."

"My last conversation with him was just that," Roseman said. "That he wants to be here and this is the place he wants to have a tremendous amount of success like he had in Dallas." There have been rumblings Murray is still unhappy despite the firing of Chip Kelly, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Eagles will listen to trade offers for the disgruntled back. Murray's contract situation makes a trade difficult, however, and it is unclear if Murray is willing to accept a pay cut to get out of Philly. It remains likely Murray is with the Eagles next season.
Mar 7 - 8:39 AM

New Eagles coach Doug Pederson has yet to speak to DeMarco Murray, but insists he'd "love" to have him for 2016.

"I don't know. I haven't talked to him," Pederson said when asked if Murray was happy in Philadelphia. "I can't tell you one way or the other if he is or not." It's the kind of non-answer that certainly suggests the Eagles are trying to move Murray and his albatross contract. Murray's entire $7 million salary is guaranteed, and cutting him would create $13 million in dead money. The sides are probably going to have to grin and bear it for 2016.
Mar 3 - 8:51 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles will listen to trade offers for DeMarco Murray.

Trading Murray won't be easy given his exorbitant salary (he carries a $7 million base salary for 2016), but that won't stop the Eagles from trying. Murray remains unhappy in Philadelphia and reportedly still has "an affinity" for Dallas. Murray's rushing total last year was his lowest since 2012. Ryan Mathews would take over as the lead back if the Eagles are able to swing a trade for Murray this offseason.
Feb 26 - 1:14 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Marcus Mariota
2Matt Cassel
3Alex Tanney
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3Dexter McCluster
4Antonio Andrews
5David Cobb
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2DeMarco Murray
FB1Jalston Fowler
2Sam Bergen
WR11Kendall Wright
2Tajae Sharpe
3Andre Johnson
4Harry Douglas
5Andrew Turzilli
6Ben Roberts
WR21Rishard Matthews
2Dorial Green-Beckham
3Justin Hunter
4Tre McBride
WR31Andre Johnson
2Dorial Green-Beckham
TE1Delanie Walker
2Craig Stevens
3Anthony Fasano
4Phillip Supernaw
5Jerome Cunningham
LT1Taylor Lewan
2William Poehls
3Tyler Marz
LG1Quinton Spain
2Jeremiah Poutasi
3Josue Matias
C1Ben Jones
2Brian Schwenke
3Andy Gallik
RG1Chance Warmack
2Sebastian Tretola
3Ronald Patrick
RT1Jack Conklin
2Byron Bell
K1Ryan Succop
2Aldrick Rosas