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Latavius Murray | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: UCF
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Latavius Murray said he’s ready to be an every-down back.
"I’d like to think I’m a complete back, as far as knowing my assignments and protections," Murray said. "I know who to block. I can be a threat out of the backfield. As long as I’m improving, I think I’ll be fine." Murray shouldn't lose work to Trent Richardson, but needs to hold off Roy Helu for third-down snaps. The Raiders want Murray to be more consistent in practice and improve on inside runs before giving him a featured role. With Oakland moving to Bill Musgrave’s power-run scheme, Murray is one of this year’s top breakout candidates. Jun 27 - 4:24 PM

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Latavius Murray has been the first-team running back at Raiders minicamp.

New coach Jack Del Rio says the Raiders are intent on playing power football after finishing last in the NFL in 2014 rushing. "We feel like we can move people up front from the tight end position and we have big, powerful linemen," Del Rio said. "We feel like we have a commitment to (running) and having those people in place will give us opportunity." Del Rio confirmed Murray is "running with the lead group," but "knows he’s got to earn that through camp, through the preseason." Murray will be a high-ceiling, low-floor RB2 target in 2015 fantasy leagues.
Jun 10 - 9:39 PM

During a visit to Raiders camp, a team source told ESPN's Adam Caplan that Latavius Murray "has a chance at a huge year" in new OC Bill Musgrave's system.

Musgrave has overseen prolific power rushing attacks, having coached Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, Michael Turner in Atlanta, and Fred Taylor in Jacksonville. "(Murray) has a chance at a huge year in this system," said the source. "Because he is smart, physically a freak." Last year's coaching staff reportedly believed Murray improved as a pass blocker, but Caplan says Latavius "needs to improve on inside runs" by being more decisive, and the Raiders' 2014 hesitance to play Murray was due to inconsistent practice performance. Murray only has to hold off career third-down back Roy Helu and colossal draft bust Trent Richardson to be the Raiders' feature runner.
Jun 9 - 11:57 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects Latavius Murray to beat out Trent Richardson for the starting running back job.

Williamson said, "I just don’t think Richardson is a starting running back in the NFL." We could not have said it better. There is still a chance the Raiders add a back via the draft, but Murray should run away with the job if Richardson is his only competition. Murray rushed 82 times for 424 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Apr 4 - 1:31 PM

Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed he expects Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete for the Raiders' starting running back job.

Del Rio stressed the word "compete" to Richardson when he signed with Oakland. Murray is in the driver's seat and should really run circles around Richardson if given a fair shake. But it's a bit concerning that the Raiders were so eager to add a back, first chasing DeMarco Murray before settling for T-Rich. Working in Latavius' favor is the fact that T-Rich has been one of the worst runners in the league the past two seasons.
Mar 24 - 9:55 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Latavius Murray "showed that he can be a player" in 2014.

He certainly did, rushing for 413 yards over the final six games including a breakout 112-yard effort against Kansas City in Week 12. New coach Jack Del Rio recently stopped short of declaring Murray the starter, but we seriously doubt aging Maurice Jones-Drew is a threat. The Raiders aren't expected to re-sign Darren McFadden, which should open up even more carries for Murray. New OC Bill Musgrave said he's planning to "tailor" his run game to fit Latavius.
Feb 19 - 9:30 AM

Coach Jack Del Rio told reporters he considers Latavius Murray a "candidate" for the Raiders' 2015 starting running back job.

The takeaway is Del Rio stopping short of naming Murray a starter, although we wouldn't expect young players like Murray to be crowned in February, anyway. Del Rio praised Murray's size-speed combo, but said he "needs work on awareness and football IQ." Murray will certainly face competition in training camp. We like his chances of beating most anyone out.
Feb 12 - 4:30 PM

New Raiders OC Bill Musgrave said he's going to "tailor" the run game so it's "right up [Latavius Murray's] alley."

The previous Raiders regime oddly stunted Murray, criminally giving Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden unproductive carries. Once Murray was finally freed, the size/speed freak excelled. He averaged 5.17 YPC on his 72 attempts with two touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 143 yards. Musgrave, who has worked with Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy in his last two stops, appears ready to lock in Murray as his 2015 starter.
Jan 21 - 2:03 AM

Latavius Murray rushed 10 times for 37 yards and caught four passes for 60 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss at Denver.

The inept Raiders declined to give Murray a chance for the first three months of the season even though it was painfully obvious Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden were done. Once they finally gave the keys to the physical specimen, Murray shined. Over the final six weeks, Latavius rushed 56 times for 413 yards (7.37 YPC) with two touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 124 more yards. He's more than earned favorite status for the Week 1 starting job no matter who is coaching the team.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Latavius Murray rushed for 86 yards on 23 carries in the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Bills.

He caught 3-of-4 targets for an additional 22 yards. Murray got off to a slow start, but picked up gains of 25 and 17 on back-to-back carries midway through the game. He also had another 15-plus-yard run called back on a holding penalty. Murray was vultured by Darren McFadden late on a goal-line look, and DMC predictably was stuffed for no gain. The Raiders have a building block in Murray. He runs somewhat high, but has proven slippery. He and the Raiders will close out the season in Denver next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 07:55:00 PM

Coach Tony Sparano said "we ran the ball well" against the Chiefs, but "just didn't have enough opportunities."

Latavius Murray averaged 4.91 YPC and out-touched Maurice Jones-Drew/Darren McFadden 14-4. The Raiders seem to realize they should have rode the run game harder and now Murray gets a decent spot in Week 16. Following an upset of the Packers, the Bills are due to let down in the Black Hole -- where the Raiders are 2-0 in their last two games. The Bills have also been scuffling a bit against the run lately, leaving Murray as a rock-solid FLEX option at worst.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:44:00 AM

Latavius Murray rushed 12 times for 59 yards Week 15 against the Chiefs.

Despite averaging 4.9 yards per carry, the Raiders coaching staff only got Murray 12 carries in a game that was close well into the third quarter. Derek Carr had 56 attempts in the game. On the bright side, Murray started and was the clear lead back for the Raiders. Murray gets a tough matchup against the Bills next week, but he will be a solid FLEX play in the fantasy Super Bowl.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 23 times for 76 yards and caught two balls for nine yards in the Raiders' Week 14 win over the 49ers.

Murray was the Raiders' clear lead back in this one, as Darren McFadden finished with four touches while Maurice Jones-Drew didn't get any work at all. Unfortunately, Murray failed to break long gains in the running game and had a long reception whistled back for offensive pass interference. Still an exciting talent with plenty of stretch-run intrigue, Murray will be an upside RB2/flex in Week 15 against the Chiefs' leaky run defense. He torched Kansas City for over 100 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries when those clubs played in Week 12.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:32:00 PM

Latavius Murray is active for Week 14 against the 49ers.

He is expected to handle 12-15 carries. The Raiders' Week 14 inactives are QB Matt McGloin, WR Denarius Moore, CB Neiko Thorpe, G Tony Bergstrom, T Menelik Watson, TE Brian Leonhardt, and DT Stacy McGee.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Latavius Murray (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 14.

Murray passed his concussion tests and has been cleared to return. With Darren McFadden expected to stay involved Murray faces an uncertain workload, but should lead the Raiders in touches. Murray is a high-upside RB3 against the 49ers.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 04:50:00 PM