DeMarco Murray

#29 RB / Tennessee Titans / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 220 lb Age: 29 College: Oklahoma Bye 8

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  • Titans' DeMarco Murray: Still leading the way
    By RotoWire Staff

    Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said that Murray's performance in Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Cardinals reinforced his status as the lead back ahead of Derrick Henry, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. Murray was held to 34 yards on 11 caries and 13 yards on two receptions (three targets), but Mularkey believes the veteran ran well against a tough defense. Henry was even less efficient in taking eight carries for 20 yards without a reception, though he at least found the end zone for a second straight game. The shocking difference came in the snap department, where Murray held a 47-13 edge. That kind of wide gap has been commonplace when the Titans can't establish the run or are forced to abandon it, as Murray handles nearly all of the snaps in passing situations. It's increasingly clear that Henry's strong work on the ground (4.9 YPC) isn't going to force Murray out of the picture this season, regardless of the veteran's struggles (3.7 YPC). Both backs figure to be involved in a Week 15 road game against a suddenly feisty 49ers team.

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  • Murray carried 11 times for 34 yards and caught two of three targets for an additional 13 yards during Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Cardinals. Murray led the team in touches, but he managed just 3.1 yards per carry and couldn't generate much as a pass catcher against a stout Cardinals front. Derrick Henry also struggled to the tune of 2.5 yards per carry, but he registered a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter -- his second score in as many games. The two backs continue to limit one another's fantasy upside on a weekly basis, though both will have the opportunity to produce next week against a 49ers run defense that ranks near the bottom of the NFL.

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  • Murray rushed 11 times for 66 yards and caught both of his targets for 13 more yards in Sunday's 24-13 win over Houston. Murray's strong per-touch performance was overshadowed by a 75-yard Derrick Henry rushing touchdown to put this game away in the final minute. Each running back got 11 carries, but Murray's proficiency as a receiver out of the backfield continues to earn him a slight edge in overall touches. Both are worthy of lineup consideration every week, but each is struggling to maintain consistent value due to the other's presence.

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  • Murray (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice and doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Texans. The illness limited Murray's participation in Thursday's session, but the running back assuaged any concerns about his health by logging every rep Friday. More worrisome than Murray's health has been his diminished effectiveness as a runner since the Titans' Week 8 bye, with the veteran managing just 80 yards on 43 carries (1.8 average) over the last four games. Despite Murray's poor efficiency, head coach Mike Mularkey indicated that the Titans will continue to lean on their "two starters" approach to the backfield like they have throughout the season, with Derrick Henry not expected to eat further into Murray's role just yet, according to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com. Murray's aptitude as a receiver and pass blocker should be enough to keep him on the field fairly regularly even if his carries should fall over the final quarter of the season.

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  • Murray (illness) was in attendance for the Titans' practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. It's not yet clear to what extent Murray was involved in Friday's practice, but his return to the field a day after sitting out with the illness suggests he'll be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Texans. While Murray remains the Titans' designated starting running back, head coach Mike Mularkey relayed that the team will continue to have a "two starters" mentality in the backfield, according to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, meaning that Derrick Henry's sizable role is unlikely to shrink anytime soon. In fact, given that Henry has been by far the team's most efficient runner over the last month, Murray would seem more susceptible of the two to losing carries, though the veteran's standing as the more productive receiver ensures his role on passing downs isn't in any jeopardy.

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