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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 rushed 16 times for 49 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 12 yards Week 4 against the Bears.
Murray appeared to be benched late in the fourth quarter after fumbling a pitch. Murray also had a Derek Carr pass bounce right off his chest and into the arms of Pernell McPhee in the second quarter. Roy Helu finished out the game at running back. It was disappointing to see Murray benched, but there is little reason to believe he will not return as the workhorse next week. After four games, Murray is on pace for 272 carries for 1,188 yards and eight touchdowns as well as 56 receptions for 320 yards. Oct 4 - 6:19 PM

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Latavius Murray briefly exited Week 4 against the Bears with a shoulder injury.

Murray had his shoulder driven into the ground being tackled from behind in the second quarter. He was briefly evaluated in the locker room before returning to the game. Roy Helu came in after Murray exited and scored a touchdown a few plays later.
Oct 4 - 2:15 PM

Latavius Murray piled up 139 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and caught his lone target for ten yards in the Raiders' Week 3 win over the Browns.

Murray was bottled up on the ground throughout the first half, and stuffed repeatedly in scoring position early on. He was stuck on 19 yards through his first ten carries. Murray went to work in the second half with the Raiders nursing a lead, ripping off an explosive 54-yard scamper before tacking on a six-yard score. Murray has another easy matchup in Week 4 against the Bears. He's earned every-week fantasy RB1 treatment.
Sep 27 - 5:07 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 15 times for 65 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 22 yards in the Raiders' Week 2 upset of Baltimore.

Murray churned out first downs between the tackles and was a legitimate difference maker in the passing game, breaking down defenders and finishing all of his runs. Murray continues to be utilized as a true every-down back, even with Roy Helu active against the Ravens. (Helu didn't touch the football and may not even have played a snap.) Murray will be a borderline RB1 when the Raiders face a leaky Browns run defense in Week 3.
Sep 20 - 7:35 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 11 times for 44 yards and caught 7-of-7 targets for 36 yards in the Raiders' Week 1 loss to Cincinnati.

The bad news is the Raiders got absolutely shelled on their home turf, losing 33-13 and generally looking non-competitive. The good news is Murray was employed as a true every-down back with Roy Helu getting scratched healthy. Murray gets another tough matchup in Week 2 against the Ravens. Even for as talented as Latavius is, his teammates will likely hurt his fantasy prospects all year.
Sep 13 - 8:14 PM

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

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.
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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Taiwan Jones
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Seth Roberts
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Rod Streater
WR31Rod Streater
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Gabe Holmes
LT1Donald Penn
2Khalif Barnes
LG1Gabe Jackson
2Jon Feliciano
C1Rodney Hudson
2Tony Bergstrom
RG1J'Marcus Webb
RT1Austin Howard
2Matt McCants
K1Sebastian Janikowski