Murray was assured by head coach Mike Mularkey in the wake of the pick that he will still be the workhorse running back, and it's tough not to believe him, considering the
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey said DeMarco Murray will play fewer snaps out of the shotgun than he did with the Eagles in 2015, The Tennessean reports. "It's safe to say (Murray will be in the I-back role) more than he was last year," Mularkey said. "Marcus (Mariota) will be under center more than he will be in the gun. I would say that for sure."
Murray was never comfortable in Chip Kelly's shotgun-heavy system, having done much of his damage with the help of a lead blocker during his time in Dallas. Murray may still play a lot of snaps in shotgun formations on passing downs, but it sounds as if the Titans mostly want Marcus Mariota to work from under center in 2016. Murray is a solid bounce-back candidate and may even be asked to handle a full three-down workload.
The Eagles traded DeMarco Murray and a fourth-round draft pick to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a higher fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The Titans are taking Murray's hefty contract (which includes a $7,000,000 base salary this year) off the Eagles' hands, which explains the low cost of trading for him. In any case, Murray -- who led the NFL with 1,845 rushing yards in 2014 while with Dallas -- will look for a strong rebound year in 2016 in a Tennessee uniform.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Titans are finalizing a trade to send DeMarco Murray to Tennessee, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Murray's representation confirmed the news, noting that a new contract will be constructed in order to make the move official. One of the two free-agent running backs brought into Philadelphia last March -- also Ryan Mathews -- Murray shrugged off a slow start to finish the season as the Eagles' leader in every rushing category, totaling 193 carries for 702 yards and six touchdowns. Upon joining the Titans, Murray will be the unquestioned No. 1 RB behind second-year signal-caller Marcus Mariota.
DeMarco Murray carried 12 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Giants. He was targeted once in the passing game but did not record a reception.
The nightmare season came to a close for Murray, who ran for fewer than half of the 1,845 yards he recorded last year with the Cowboys. Despite scoring in each of the last two weeks, the 28-year-old also found the end zone just seven times after compiling at least 11 touchdowns in each of his previous two seasons. Coach Chip Kelly's departure could have a positive effect on Murray's usage, and he will look to rebound in 2016.
|P3||8/27/16||@ OAK||8:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 13|
|15||12/18/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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