Head coach Mike Mularkey considers Murray (foot) to be "the guy" in the Titans' backfield, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy," Mularkey said Wednesday.
Mularkey was asked whether 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry will be a bigger part of the offense next season, to which the head honcho expressed his support of Murray as the main man. Henry is an insurance policy in the event Murray suffers an injury, but the latter didn't miss one game in his first campaign with the Titans, despite coming down with a torn plantar plate in his right foot in Week 8. Mularkey is a proponent of "a one-two punch to smash it down peoples' throats," so the 29-year-old Murray may yield some touches at times to his younger counterpart. Considering Mularkey's other comments, though, a healthy Murray should be the recipient of 20-plus touches per game, as he was on 11 occasions last year.
Murray may undergo offseason surgery on the torn plantar plate in his right foot, The Tennessean reports. "It's just all about rest, and if it feels good after some time, then I think we'll skip the surgery," Murray said Monday. "But if not, I think that's something that [Titans director of sports medicine] Todd [Toriscelli] and those guys will have to decide, and we'll come up with a game plan. It just all depends on how I feel after a couple weeks."
Murray was running roughshod over the league during the first two months of the season, reaching the century mark on the ground four times in the first eight games. In the final outing of that run, though, he injured his foot and was variously listed with either foot or toe ailments for the remainder of the campaign. With regard to that part of the body, the plantar plate is a ligament structure that stabilizes toes in one's feet, hence the fluctuation between foot and toe on those injury reports. Once the prescribed period of rest is complete, it appears as if Murray and the Titans will come to a conclusion regarding the lingering issue, despite head coach Mike Mularkey not knowing a procedure was potentially on the table as of Monday.
Murray rushed 11 times for 21 yards, and caught his lone target for minus-2 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over Houston.
After tying his season-low with 42 rushing yards last week, Murray halved that number in the finale. He was significantly outplayed by rookie backup Derrick Henry, who managed 65 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Murray had a fantastic first season with the Titans despite the unimpressive finish, rushing 293 times for 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns.
Murray rushed 14 times for 42 yards, and added two catches for 18 yards on four targets in Saturday's 38-17 loss to Jacksonville.
Murray tied his season low in rushing yards while averaging just 3.0 yards per carry. He still got the lion's share of carries despite the poor performance, with backup Derrick Henry rushing just four times for 13 yards. Quarterback Marcus Mariota will be out for the season finale after breaking his fibula late in the third quarter, so expect the Texans to sell out to stop Murray with the AFC South crown potentially on the line.
Murray got the majority of the work on the ground, but backup Derrick Henry scored both of Tennessee's touchdowns. The lack of goal line production didn't negatively impact Murray's production much, as he still topped 80 rushing yards for the ninth time in 14 games. He's averaging at least 4.5 yards per carry for the third time in four seasons.
|2||9/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/16/17||@ PIT||8:25 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|
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