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Latavius Murray | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
College: UCF
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Latavius Murray managed one yard on seven carries in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Stuffed relentlessly by Arizona's perennially stout defensive front, Murray managed -9 yards on his opening five carries. He busted a 13-yard gain on his sixth run, then took a seat with Trent Richardson taking over in Oakland's backfield. Through three preseason games, Murray has 56 yards and a TD on 17 carries (3.29 YPC). Murray has not caught a pass in August games. Aug 30 - 9:16 PM

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Raiders OC Bill Musgrave praised Latavius Murray's hands, body, agility, and vision Thursday.

"He’s made very positive impressions," Musgrave said. "He has been working a lot on his hands so he can be a good receiver out of the backfield. He’s got great vision." The Murray buzz was in full-force earlier this offseason but has quieted down since camps opened, suggesting his value peaked pretty early. But Murray has done nothing to relinquish his spot atop the depth chart. Roy Helu has been hurt, and Trent Richardson hasn't stood out. It's possible Murray opens the year getting all the early-down work and even some pass-game reps. His ADP has risen to the middle of the third round where he's being taken as RB16.
Aug 28 - 12:47 PM

Latavius Murray rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

Murray looked great. The backs behind him, not so much. The breakout candidate is now up to 55 yards on only 10 preseason totes (5.5 YPC).
Aug 23 - 12:26 AM

Latavius Murray rushed six times for 35 yards in the Raiders' preseason opener.

Murray worked exclusively with the first-team offense, ceding just one third-down snap to Trent Richardson while the starters were on the field. He looked explosive on a 17-yard run on the first series of the game and made a nice cutback on another long run. If the Raiders offense improves in Derek Carr's second year, Murray should return value on his late-third ADP.
Aug 15 - 12:08 AM

Latavius Murray is getting "all of the first-team reps" at Raiders camp.

Murray reportedly showed his power in a Wednesday scrimmage. GM Reggie McKenzie says the Raiders waited so long to insert Murray into the lineup last season due to "nitpicking injuries" that sometimes affected Murray's availability, both in practices and games. Now, McKenzie is in full support of his 25-year-old SPARQ-freak runner. "No question," said McKenzie. "He can do it all." Raiders OL coach Mike Tice has also taken notice of Latavius' upside. "For a big guy, Latavius has extremely good quickness," Tice said. "And when he gets behind his pads, he is hard to tackle. Smaller linebackers might be in serious trouble."
Aug 6 - 11:38 AM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "everything so far at camp points to" Latavius Murray being the Raiders' "No. 1 running back."

It's no secret that Murray is getting the first crack at primary power-running duties in new OC Bill Musgrave's power-running offense. Questions surround the Raiders' effectiveness in 2015 -- their Vegas Win Total is a league-worst 5.5 games -- as well as Murray's ability to stay effective on a big workload. He's still a very small-sample-size player at this stage of his career. "Backup" Roy Helu is 6-foot, 220 with a career 4.44 YPC average, and could make things interesting.
Aug 2 - 8:36 PM

ESPN’s Bill Williamson reports the Raiders believe Latavius Murray is "ready to become a standout."

The Raiders waited until Week 14 to start Murray last year, but their offseason suggests he’ll return in at least a two-down role. Murray ran with the first team throughout OTAs. All signs continue to point to Murray being featured by run-heavy OC Bill Musgrave. A SPARQ superstar, Murray is a high-upside RB2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 6:27 PM

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.
Source: raiders.com
Jun 27 - 4:24 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Christian Ponder
3Matt McGloin
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Taiwan Jones
4George Atkinson III
5Michael Dyer
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Kris Durham
4Andre Debose
5Seth Roberts
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Rod Streater
3Brice Butler
4Devon Wylie
5Milton Williams III
WR31Rod Streater
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Brian Leonhardt
5Gabe Holmes
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio