Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders
|RB - #21||43.46||OAK||Active||2 years||24||6'2||223||@LataviusM|
2015 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
In the NFL, a talented running back can make an offensive line look better than it is, but a good line can't make a poor RB great. To that point, McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew averaged just 3.2 YPC on 198 combined rushes last year. Murray sat behind those guys for most of the season, biding his time until he flashed electric upside in Week 12 as he tore off a 90-yard TD run against the Chiefs. Murray averaged 5.2 yards per rush over his 82 carries in 2014. Without that one run, he would have averaged only 4.1 yards per rush. The Raiders gave him 79 touches over the final last four games of the year. Although he didn't find paydirt, he totaled 366 yards from scrimmage (91.5 per game) and caught 11 passes. In his four seasons at the University of Central Florida, Latavius rushed for 2,424 yards on 453 carries with 43 combined TDs. He also caught 50 passes for 524 yards. Murray has 4.4 40 speed along with some durability issues. For me, it will be really tough to make a big bet on him come draft day if his price point gets too expensive, because he does have job-loss risk with Richardson and Helu on the roster. His talent has upside and his speed will definitely play in this offense. Early in the draft season, Latavius is the 24th RB off the board and has an ADP of 58. I'm going to forecast him for only about 150 touches until I see better reports on him during training camp. As best, Murray is an RB3 gamble who really should be drafted later than his ADP because of his short resume.
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray
Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has earned a ton of praise this summer. He has stepped up as the team's RB1 and no one has spoken higher of him than offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. "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, because we don't want a guy that's going to be a liability when we go to throw the ball. He's really been working on that. Of course, he's got the body and the ability to really be a good player at this level … I wouldn't be surprised if those cuts are directly correlated to his vision. He's got great vision. Not just because he's tall, even if he was 5-8. I think he'd have really good vision. He can anticipate things and jump through those cracks, almost before they open."Fantasy Analysis:
Murray is a Breakout Player of the Year candidate. He could be in line for a monster season as the clear-cut top back in Oakland. He has shown flashes in the past but now has to put it all together. He's currently being drafted as the RB16. He has great value there. Don't be shocked if he finishes as an RB1 this season.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/28 - Raiders RB Latavius Murray garners praise from OC Bill Musgrave
8/23 - Raiders RB Roy Helu expected to return to action this week
8/22 - Raiders RB Roy Helu has been out for over two weeks
8/6 - Raiders RB Latavius Murray is taking all the first-team reps in Oakland
8/6 - Raiders RB Trent Richardson finally back on the field
7/30 - Raiders RB Trent Richardson's 'reclamation project is not going so well'
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