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Raiders RB Latavius Murray ready to be top guy in backfield
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

Raiders running back Latavius Murray is primed to take the lead role that awaits him for this upcoming season, per the team website.

Murray will be the Raiders' featured back after the departure of Darren McFadden, and he's eager to enter that top spot.

It’s a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,” Murray said. “I need to play like it’s a new year. Last season is just last season and the year before that it was the year before that. Every season is a new year for me and it’s a year I have to go out and prove something.”

Murray rushed for 424 yards and two touchdowns last season, while also posting an impressive 5.2 yards per carry.

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Raiders RB Latavius Murray could have lead in top back derby
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Raiders will likely settle on Latavius Murray as their featured back in 2015, per NFL.com. The lack of viable competition on their roster would indicate as much.

The team brought in Roy Helu for third-down duties, as well as former third overall pick Trent Richardson, who can hardly at this point be considered a threat to Murray despite the declaration of Jack Del Rio that they will battle for the starting job. The only other backs on the roster are comparative non-entities George Atkinson and Michael Dyer.

Murray came on strong late last year. He rushed for 413 yards over the last six games and averaged 5.27 yards per carry that ranked fifth in the league.

"Getting a chance to start three games (last season), it's something that I definitely want to continue to build off of," Murray told the team website. I had that mentalty in the offseason just to prepare to be the No. 1 guy and play that way and train that way."

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Del Rio: Raiders Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio expects Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete for the starting running back spot on the team, per ESPN.

"I think it will be a competitive situation," Del Rio said.

Del Rio also spoke about the fact that he is encouraged by Richardson's potential.

"What I saw when we brought him in and talked to him was a young man that was hungry to kind of leave that portion of his career behind him and start fresh," Del Rio said. "My challenge to him was, 'Look, I don't want you to worry about anything other than coming in here and competing your butt off every day. Come in here and be a great teammate. Come in here and find a role on special teams. Come in here and just grind every day with the hunger you had as a freshman at Alabama.'"

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Jack Del Rio wants Raiders to offer stronger rushing attack
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

In Raiders coach Jack Del Rio's mind, quarterback Derek Carr was asked to do too much in his rookie season. 

Carr threw the ball 599 times and completed 348 of those passes for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Now that Del Rio is at the helm, he's looking to run the ball a lot more to balance things out. 

"I thought it was all about Derek last year," Del Rio said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. "I want to be able to run the ball, play good defense."

The Raiders are likely to rely on Latavius Murray to be the feature back now that Maurice Jones-Drew has retired and Darren McFadden has left for Dallas. Del Rio believes that a balanced attack should open the game up more for Carr in his second season. 

"If we do things around him, he really has a chance to flourish," Del Rio said. "He is really accurate. He has a huge upside."

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Raiders aim to be 'physical outfit that runs the ball'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Raiders' hiring of Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator is good news for running back Latavius Murray, who should get the chance to the primary ballcarrier, reports ESPN.com. Murray averaged 5.2 yards on 82 carries last season and could become a workhorse under Musgrave, who was Adrian Peterson's OC when Peterson rushed for nearly 2,100 yards in 2012.

"I'm definitely not going to come in with a system and force anybody to do something that's not natural. We're definitely going to try to customize and tailor the Raiders' system to fit the Raider players,” Musgrave said, per the website. “Philosophically, I do believe in running the football. I definitely want to be a physical outfit that runs the ball and imposes their will on the defense.” 

Coach Jack Del Rio isn't guaranteeing Murray the starting job, but he's clearly the best tailback on the roster currently.

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