Murphy tallied 121 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions in a reserve role this season.
The seasoned vet had actually missed the 53-man cut after spending training camp with San Francisco, but he was brought back mid-season after Pierre Garcon (neck) was placed on IR. Despite his age (30 years old) and two-year absence from the NFL, the 49ers felt comfortable incorporating Murphy into their regular rotation of receivers over the final seven games of the season. While his usage seemed out of place on a rebuilding franchise, it would be even more surprising if they opted to re-sign Murphy following the emergence of rookie wideouts Trent Taylor and Kendrick Bourne to serve as depth behind Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.
Murphy did not receive a target despite being on the field for 33 offensive snaps Sunday against the Titans.
Murphy's snap count was in line with the reps he was receiving over the past four weeks when he emerged as one of the 49ers' secondary targets, but his involvement has dwindled to just two targets over the past two games after seeing six back in Week 12. The shift in attention may have come from higher up as the 4-10 49ers attempt to get a better look at younger options such as Trent Taylor and Kendrick Bourne. The veteran could see a slight uptick in production against the Jaguars next week if Jalen Ramsey shadows Marquise Goodwin, but it would be a stretch to expect a fantasy-relevant day from Murphy even if Aldrick Robinson (concussion) is unable to suit up.
Murphy logged consecutive limited practices to end the week due to an illness, but it does not appear to be anything serious. Assuming he avoids any setbacks, the 30-year-old looks on track to suit up for Week 15. He is likely to continue sharing snaps with Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne behind No.1 pass-catcher Marquise Goodwin.
Murphey (illness) returned to practice in limited fashion Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Murphey missed Wednesday's practices due to an illness, but appears to be recovering from the issue. The 30-year-old should have time to recover before Sunday's game against the Titans, but Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson, and Kendrick Bourne would all benefit from his absnece, as they have been sharing snaps.
Murphy was held out of Wednesday's practice with an illness.
Murphy should have enough time to recover before Sunday's game against the Titans. The 30-year-old has been sharing playing time with Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne, with each player landing between 26 and 31 offensive snaps in Sunday's 26-16 win over the Texans. No. 1 receiver Marquise Goodwin is the only reliable bet for targets in this passing attack.
|2013||New York Giants||14||0||6||37||6.2||8||1||0||0||2|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||3||31||380||12.3||54||2||6||2||14|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||10||198||19.8||54||0||4||1||6|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||7||8||121||15.1||40||1||2||1||6|
|2013||New York Giants||14||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||3||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||7||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|