Latavius Murray signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Vikings this offseason, and he will try to help fill the void left by Adrian Peterson, who was released -- but he has plenty of company. The Vikings selected rookie Dalvin Cook in the second round of this year's NFL Draft, and Cook is likely the most talented running back on the roster. Now, that doesn't mean Cook will start over Murray, but Cook could be the No. 1 option in this backfield by the middle of the season. Murray also had ankle surgery this offseason, though he's expected to be fine for the start of training camp. Murray was with the Raiders in 2016, and he finished as the No. 13 Fantasy running back in standard leagues with 195 carries for 788 yards (4.04 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns, along with 33 catches for 264 yards. He shared playing time with rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, and Oakland had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL blocking for him. In Minnesota, Murray will share touches with Cook and Jerick McKinnon, but the Vikings offensive line is much inferior to the one he left behind. Murray's Fantasy stock is on the decline with the move to Minnesota and the addition of Cook. At best, he's a No. 3 Fantasy running back in the majority of leagues, and he should only be drafted with a mid-to late-round pick.
Murray hasn't yet participated in a full practice as he returns from ankle surgery, and it's not clear if he'll play in Minnesota's second preseason game this week against Seattle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Murray did some work with the first- and second-team offenses Tuesday, but he's still not fully practicing. He underwent surgery in March to remove bone spurs from his ankle and was only activated from the PUP list last week. His slow return to full speed has allowed Dalvin Cook to become the starter at running back, and it's not clear how much of a workload Murray will get early in the season. Murray still has time to win a role in the offense this preseason, however.
Murray isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game at Buffalo. Following March ankle surgery, Murray focused on rehab for the bulk of the offseason, only getting activated from the PUP list Monday. As such, the Vikings will hold off on his first game action of the preseason slate. With Jerick McKinnon also expected to sit Thursday, rookie Dalvin Cook will be given plenty of chances to show off his wares, while Bishop Sankey and Terrell Newby also earn a piece of the backfield pie.
Murray (ankle) indicated Tuesday that he expects to be ready for the regular season, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Murray began training camp on the physically unable to perform list but was activated Monday. He underwent surgery in March after signing a three-year, $15 million contract with the Vikings. His absence from the first two weeks of training camp allowed rookie Dalvin Cook to claim the No. 1 running back role on the team's first official depth chart. While he is currently behind in the competition for touches during training camp, there is still time for him to earn a role on the offense assuming he stays healthy heading into Week 1. However, he's unlikely to play in Thursday's first preseason game.
Murray (ankle) was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list and will practice Monday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and underwent surgery to address bone spurs shortly thereafter. He's been held out of practice on the PUP list for the first two weeks of training camp, which has allowed rookie Dalvin Cook to claim the top spot at running back on the Vikings' first official depth chart of training camp. While he remains behind in the competition for touches in the Minnesota backfield, Murray still has time to carve out a role if he can show he's fully healthy during preseason play.
Murray (ankle) is hoping to return to practice in the near future, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I had two really good [workouts], so things are good," Murray said Thursday. "It is [getting close]. ... I did a little bit of everything, so hopefully soon." Murray was encouraged after two days of individual work earlier this week, which marked the most activity he's managed on his ankle since bone spurs were removed in March. The Vikings followed up his signing that month with the selection of running back Dalvin Cook in the second round of the 2017 draft. As a result, Murray's lengthy absence has laid the groundwork for Cook to stake a claim to the top RB gig in Minnesota, at least that is until the veteran is able to return to the practice field.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||New Orleans Saints||31||21.63|
|3||09/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||18.75|
|6||10/15||Green Bay Packers||11||15.42|
|11||11/19||Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.42|
|3 Year Avg||181||759||7||30||213||0||138|