| Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
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|Draft: 2011 Round 3 (7)
DOB: 1988-02-12 Age: 27
|When Felix Jones went down with an ankle injury in Week 6, Murray took over the starting role and proved the Cowboys made the correct decision by drafting him in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft. Murray ran wild over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 with 25 rushes for 253 yards and a score. He put together a string of solid performances until suffering a broken ankle in Week 14 that ended his season. Murray possesses outstanding speed, enough agility to make tacklers miss on the second level and enough strength to run over defenders when he has a head of steam. Unfortunately, he also can’t stay healthy making him a risky proposition as a RB1 in 2012. One thing is for certain, head coach Jason Garrett will give him the ball enough to establish himself as an upper tier running back. In the seven games that he was the Cowboys primary back, Murray accumulated 155 touches. His talent and productivity when he played last season coupled with the Cowboys strong offense basically ensure that some owner in your league will draft him as their RB1 and take on that risk. You need to decide if that owner is going to be you.
|Murray on the way out in Philly? -- Thu Feb 4 6:50 pm --|
Eagles, RB "not in a good place"
|A coaching change hasn't improved the situation for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray. Even with Chip Kelly being sent packing and the hire of coach Doug Pederson, the former NFL rushing leader and his team are not in a good place.
In fact, Eagles and Murray appear headed toward a stare-down regarding his future with the organization, according to several sources informed of the situation. The division boils down to: Murray's unsuccessful 2015 campaign during which he rushed for only 702 yards, the Eagles' lack of conviction that he's the right back and the massive contract Murray signed last offseason. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: A trade is probably out of the question for Murray, who signed a five-year, $40 million deal last offseason. Also working against Murray is his age (he'll turn 28 in mid-February and injury history. Furthermore, Ryan Mathews is a more-than-capable back when healthy and about half as expensive as the ex-Cowboy. If Murray is still on the Eagles' roster next season, he will likely be sharing carries with Murray and should be considered no more than a low-end RB2.
|Report: Eagles to name Doug Pederson Head Coach -- Thu Jan 14 6:15 pm --|
Former QB and Eagles assistant under Andy Reid
|The Eagles will hire former quarterback and assistant coach Doug Pederson as head coach in a nod by owner Jeffrey Lurie to the success and environment that the team had under Andy Reid. An NFL source confirmed the hiring Thursday.
Pederson has been Reid's offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs for the last three seasons. Before going to Kansas City, he was Reid's quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia after starting as a quality control coach. They must wait for the Chiefs to be eliminated from the postseason to bring him to Philadelphia. (Philly.com)|
FF Today's Take: Pederson isn't a splashy hire by any stretch, but his work in Kansas City - along with Reid - during the Chiefs' 11-game winning streak without Jamaal Charles probably helped him seal the deal as much as his background with the Eagles. Pederson has generally run conservative offenses in his relatively short time as an assistant, which means DeMarco Murray could resume his workhorse ways in 2016.
|Darren Sproles to be featured RB? -- Sun Dec 13 7:15 am --|
Uncertainty surrounds DeMarco Murray
|After a troubling week, #Eagles have weighed all options with DeMarco Murray, even sitting him. Either way, Darren Sproles will be featured. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: DeMarco Murray appears to be digging his grave in Philadelphia. He hasn't been a good fit for Chip Kelly's east-west running offense and Kelly refuses to scheme plays that fit Murray's North-South style. Sproles makes for an interesting DFS play and a solid FLEX, RB2 play is season-long leagues. Ryan Mathews should also see action.
|DeMarco Murray rumored for Dallas return? -- Fri Dec 11 8:50 am --|
"A lot of truth" to Eagles RB wanting to head back to Big D in 2016
|Despite what Eagles running back DeMarco Murray said to reporters on Thursday, the evidence suggests that he’d like to get out of Philly.
There’s a growing feeling that he’d like to return to Dallas.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s “a lot of truth” to the notion that Murray would like to play for the Cowboys again. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: A third-round pick of the Cowboys in 2011, Murray set a franchise single-season rushing record with 1,845 yards in 2014. He also was named the league’s offensive player of the year. He's a better fit in Dallas than in Chip Kelly's lateral system, but he's currently in a five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles. Dynasty leaguers may even want to trade for Murray on the cheap in anticipation of a possible return to Big D in 2016.
|DeMarco Murray a non-factor again in Week 13 -- Mon Dec 7 4:40 pm --|
Lost 47 of 61 snaps to Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner
|No big deal, Chip Kelly said. Watching the game it sure felt like a big deal. Struggling DeMarco Murray, last year’s NFL rushing leader, clearly appeared to be demoted Sunday, his workload reduced to just eight carries in the Eagles’ upset win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Murray played only 14 of 61 snaps Sunday after averaging 36 snaps before Sunday. His previous low this season was 25 vs. the Redskins. With Murray benched most of the game, the Eagles used Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner to carry the fooball. (CSN Philly)|
FF Today's Take: Kelly explained the carry split by saying he believed that the smaller, faster Barner and Sproles would be better matchups for the Eagles against the Patriots’ larger linebackers. He also said on Monday that he plans on evaluating his running back rotation on a "week-to-week basis" going forward. It's looking more and more as if Kelly might be willing to feature Ryan Mathews, who has missed the last three games, down the stretch if can be cleared of his concussion soon.
| Bradford, Mathews out for the Eagles -- Fri Nov 20 12:15 pm --|
Both suffered concussions in Week 10.
|Already facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without quarterback Sam Bradford, the team will be without running back Ryan Mathews due to a concussion, the team announced. Left tackle Jason Peters (back) is also questionable. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: As expected, Mark Sanchez will get the start at quarterback while DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will handle the running back duties. Murray's workload may not increase all that much with Mathews out but he may get an extra opportunity or two around the goaline.
| Bradford, Mathews miss practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 19 11:45 am --|
Both suffered concussion in Week 10
|Chip Kelly said that Sam Bradford and Ryan Mathews haven't cleared concussion protocol to practice. Jason Peters won't practice either. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Mark Sanchez is expected to start with Bradford suffering a concussion and shoulder injury in Week 10. He's a decent streamer option against a defense giving up the tenth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If Mathews sits, most analysts are expecting DeMarco Murray to absorb more action but Kenyon Barner will be active which may cut into Murray's expected bump in workload.
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