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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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Vikings placed RB Latavius Murray (ankle) on the active/PUP list.
LB Shaan Washington (leg) will join him on the PUP. All it means is Murray is not ready to practice right now, but he can be removed from the list at any time. On Sunday, Murray said his "health is really good," suggesting he will be able to practice sooner rather than later. Murray will compete for a role behind second-rounder Dalvin Cook when healthy. Jul 24 - 11:54 AM

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Latavius Murray (ankle) says his "health is really good."

Murray sat out the entire offseason program recovering from ankle surgery, but it sounds like he will be able to get back on the field early in camp. "Progress is coming along," Murray said. "I still have to get with coach and the training staff to see what they’re going to have me do." With second-rounder Dalvin Cook likely to earn the starting job, Murray will need a strong camp to earn a fantasy-relevant role.
Jul 24 - 8:34 AM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Latavius Murray (ankle) will be the Vikings' short-yardage back this season.

Vensel notes Minnesota struggled in short-yardage situations last season while Murray scored nine touchdowns from inside the five-yard line and converted 13-of-18 short-yardage tries on third or fourth down, albeit behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Second-rounder Dalvin Cook should be the starter, but Murray could vulture significant fantasy value if he is able to earn the goal-line job. Unlikely to be ready for training camp because of ankle surgery, he will have to get healthy first.
Jun 29 - 9:48 AM

Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Latavius Murray said he expects to "be the guy" in the backfield.

"This is my time, this is my opportunity," Murray said. "When it comes Game 1, I need to be back there lining up." It would be shocking if he said anything else, but second-rounder Dalvin Cook looks like the heavy favorite after Murray was forced to miss the offseason program with an ankle injury, which the veteran admitted has put him "behind." Murray should have a role if he can get his ankle right, but it would be surprising if he emerges as the starter.
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he thinks Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) will be ready around the start of camp.

Murray is expected to resume running unassisted soon, but it does not sound like anyone expects him to be ready for the start of camp. Murray himself said his "goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point." Murray was never a good bet to beat out second-rounder Dalvin Cook, but he will have no chance if he misses a large chunk of training camp.
Jun 15 - 1:37 PM

Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) expects to resume running unassisted in "about a week."

Murray has had surgery on both of his ankles since entering the NFL in 2013. Murray previously stated his goal is to "just to try to be available during training camp at some point," suggesting he might not be ready until sometime in August. The Vikings plan to use a committee backfield this season, but second-rounder Dalvin Cook is the heavy favorite for touches.
Jun 8 - 1:05 PM

Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) said his "goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point."

Murray had his walking boot removed on Tuesday after ankle surgery in March. Murray originally expected to be ready for training camp, but it now sounds like the target has been moved back. Murray insisted he has not suffered setbacks and is "feeling really good right now." Second in line for carries behind Dalvin Cook, Murray needs to get back as soon as possible to earn a role.
Jun 1 - 11:52 AM

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

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

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2Teddy Bridgewater
3Case Keenum
4Taylor Heinicke
5Wes Lunt
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Jerick McKinnon
4Bishop Sankey
5Terrell Newby
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Dalvin Cook
FB1C.J. Ham
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2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Adams
4Isaac Fruechte
5Stacy Coley
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Michael Floyd
4Cayleb Jones
5Moritz Bohringer
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Bucky Hodges
4Kyle Carter
5Nick Truesdell
LT1Riley Reiff
2Rashod Hill
3Aviante Collins
LG1Alex Boone
2Danny Isidora
3Freddie Tagaloa
C1Pat Elflein
2Nick Easton
3Zac Kerin
RG1Joe Berger
2T.J. Clemmings
3Austin Shepherd
RT1Mike Remmers
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Willie Beavers
4Arturo Uzdavinis
5Reid Fragel
K1Kai Forbath
2Marshall Koehn