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Latavius Murray | Running Back | #25

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
College: UCF
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (181) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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When asked who will start at running back in 2017, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, "We've got a long way to go before we make any determinations on that."
Latavius Murray signed a three-year, $15 million deal in March, only to watch the Vikings trade up for Dalvin Cook in the second round. As Cook is a far superior talent, Murray will be nothing more than a late-round flier in 2017 re-draft leagues. He's also missing most of the offseason due to ankle surgery. Cook is the fantasy running back to target in Minnesota. May 5 - 2:20 PM

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Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) still expects to be ready for training camp.

Murray was also adamant he was upfront with the Vikings about his need for surgery. There's been no indication otherwise. Murray remains in a walking boot one month after going under the knife. Replacing Adrian Peterson on early downs, Murray can also catch a pass in a pinch. Running behind a woeful offensive line, Murray will be a touchdown-dependent RB2 in Minnesota.
Apr 25 - 1:05 PM

Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

Murray dealt with ankle issues in the second half of last season, but didn't miss any time. The Vikings were aware he needed surgery before signing him to a three-year deal. It sounds like this is a minor clean-up to remove bone chips. Murray will likely miss all of OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Mar 22 - 6:44 PM

Vikings signed RB Latavius Murray, formerly of the Raiders, to a three-year, $15 million contract.

The deal can void after one season. This signals the end of the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota. Murray is a big back at 6'3/230 with very little wiggle. He's a straight-line runner who runs high and takes a lot of hits. Murray improved his pass-catching chops last season and finished fifth in the league with 12 rushing scores. Unfortunately, he'll go from running behind the AFC's best offensive line to one of the NFL's worst. Murray should be given every opportunity to handle lead-back work, but Jerick McKinnon is still in the picture. Consider Murray a volume-dependent RB2 and a potential overvalued reach in fantasy drafts.
Mar 16 - 8:45 AM

Free agent Latavius Murray is visiting the Vikings on Tuesday.

With the Seahawks out of the running for an early-down back, Murray will have to look at other options. Looking for a replacement for Adrian Peterson, the Vikings would make sense. He has also met with the Jaguars.
Mar 14 - 12:30 PM

Free agent Latavius Murray will visit the Jaguars Monday.

Jacksonville didn't get much from its committee of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory last year. Murray is a potential early-down upgrade but would be joining a crowded backfield. The Seahawks also have a visit lined up with Murray next week.
Mar 11 - 5:39 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Latavius Murray will visit the Seahawks.

It's Murray's first-known visit. Although Murray has settled in as a bit of a grinder, he'd help bring stability to a backfield that relied way too much on rookies and injury cases last season. Murray, though hardly someone you would call a pass catcher, can do so in a pinch.
Mar 9 - 4:32 PM

"All signs indicate" free agent Latavius Murray won't re-sign with the Raiders.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur has been adamant Murray won't return all along. The Raiders seem to believe Murray left too many yards on the field last year, not beating first contact despite his imposing stature, and never offering lateral elusiveness. Murray won't break the bank on the open market.
Mar 8 - 10:49 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the Vikings have been "showing a good deal of interest" in free agent Latavius Murray.

Per Pauline, this was even before the Vikings announced they wouldn't exercise Adrian Peterson's option. While Murray would be a younger and cheaper option, he failed to impress in 2016, averaging 4.0 YPC for the second season in a row despite running behind one of the NFL's best lines, and lost carries to two rookies. The Raiders have tried to replace Murray for two years. 27-year-old Murray shouldn't cost more than $4-6 million annually.
Feb 28 - 9:38 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Latavius Murray is expected to test the open market.

Per Anderson, "the door will remain open" for a return to Oakland, but the Raiders will let the market set Latavius' price. Murray lost work to rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard last year, and the Raiders have spent the last two offseasons trying to replace him. If Murray leaves, Oakland will likely add a power back in the draft. Oklahoma's Samaje Perine would fit.
Feb 26 - 10:50 AM

Speaking about impending free agent Latavius Murray, GM Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders "want to re-sign our own players."

"When you're talking about a guy who is 6-foot-3, close to 230 pounds, there's not a whole lot of similar you can get there," McKenzie said specifically of Murray. "There's 31 other teams out there who may be communicating to his representatives. We'll see where it goes, but we like to re-sign our guys." The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects the Raiders to move on from Murray after attempting to replace him in back-to-back offseasons, but McKenzie does not sound so sure. If Murray moves on, the Raiders will likely add a power back in the draft to pair with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.
Feb 13 - 11:15 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects the Raiders to move on from free agent Latavius Murray.

The Raiders have tried replacing Murray in each of the last two offseasons, courting DeMarco Murray in 2015 before flirting with Matt Forte and the idea of drafting Ezekiel Elliott last year, only to whiff on all three. They also kept Latavius in frustrating three- and four-man committees for most of the 2016 season. Look for the Raiders to add a power back in the draft. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will return as change-of-pace options.
Feb 13 - 4:15 PM

Impending free agent Latavius Murray expressed a desire to re-sign with the Raiders.

"I wanna stay put and finish what I started," Murray said. The former sixth-round pick got his first chance late in the 2014 season and never really looked back. He's rushed 543 times for 2,278 yards (4.2 YPC) and 20 touchdowns over the past 2.5 seasons, finishing with a career-high 12 end-zone trips in 2016. Murray frustratingly shared work with rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, but remained the No. 1 back all year. He turns 27 next week.
Jan 10 - 9:08 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 12 times for 39 yards and one touchdown in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

He caught 1-of-4 targets for 12 yards. Murray actually had 41 yards rushing at halftime, but rushed two times for -2 yards after the break with the Raiders playing catch-up down multiple scores. Murray rushed for 13 touchdowns on the year, an increase from his six last season, but Murray ultimately saw just 195 regular-season carries after receiving 266 in 2015. Rookies Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington nibbled into his workload quite a bit, but the touchdowns saved Murray, as he finished as fantasy's RB13 as a high-end RB2. Murray is set to be a free agent in March and likely will command at least $4 million annually as a 27-year-old. He'll be someone to follow this offseason.
Jan 7 - 8:09 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio implied that Latavius Murray hasn't been getting enough work.

"Latavius has only five carries. How does that happen?" Del Rio asked after Sunday's loss to Denver. Murray has had a bizarre season. He began the year in a committee with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, got injured, ascended to workhorse status upon his return and then lost work to Washington again late in the season. Del Rio's frustration at Murray's workload is an obvious jab at OC Bill Musgrave. Look for Murray to get the squeaky wheel treatment in Saturday's Wild Card game against Houston.
Jan 2 - 7:26 PM

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Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Case Keenum
4Taylor Heinicke
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Jerick McKinnon
4Bishop Sankey
5C.J. Ham
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Dalvin Cook
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Michael Floyd
4Isaac Fruechte
5Stacy Coley
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Rodney Adams
4Cayleb Jones
5Mitch Mathews
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Bucky Hodges
4Kyle Carter
5Nick Truesdell
LT1Riley Reiff
2T.J. Clemmings
3Rashod Hill
4Aviante Collins
LG1Alex Boone
2Willie Beavers
3Danny Isidora
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Pat Elflein
2Zac Kerin
3Austin Shepherd
RT1Mike Remmers
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Reid Fragel
K1Kai Forbath
2Marshall Koehn