Latavius Murray 's rookie season ended in August as he was put on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. But the Raiders definitely want to see what they can get out of the 24-year-old, 230-pound back with 4.40 speed.
"I think Latavius is one of those guys that we're anxious to see be healthy and get out there and play," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said recently, via ESPN.com. "He's a big back that's got excellent speed and excellent size. He runs tough ... we'll find out a lot more about Latavius Murray as we go through the offseason program and into training camp."
The Raiders selected Murray in the sixth round of last year's draft.
Full disclosure: I am biased toward Murray because we share alma maters. But putting that aside, tall, strong, young, fast running backs who can catch passes don't exactly grow on trees. Murray certainly has the basic physical talents to succeed, but how much of an opportunity will he get? Both Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden are free agents, but Oakland has expressed that it wants Jennings back. And Murray has to prove he can stay on the field; injuries have been a problem for him dating back to his time at UCF.
Best-case scenario for Murray in 2014 probably has him as a quality backup who might be asked to take on a bigger workload if injuries take down the player(s) in front of him on the depth chart. He is an intriguing deep sleeper.