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.
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."
"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.'"
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."
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"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."
"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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