DeMarco Murray Fantasy News

Titans plan to rotate their running backs on third down

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10:38am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

On the topic of the Titans' running backs, DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry:

“When DeMarco needs a blow, then it will be Derrick,” HC Mike Mularkey said. “If I feel like we need a change of pace, I’ll put in a change of pace. But right now, there’s no set (rotation). … They’re going to both get opportunities, that’s for sure.”

And don’t expect a specific third-down back, the kind of role Dexter McCluster often played in the past. Murray and Henry are both capable pass-catchers and pass-protectors.

“It’s going to be the rotation as we’re going,” Mularkey said. “It won’t be like it’s designed he’s going in because it’s third down.”

Fantasy Impact:

Henry wasn't used much in the passing game at Alabama, but he has shown well enough in the preseason to earn the trust of the coaching staff. The release of McCluster opened up a lot of playing time for both Murray and Henry.

Titans will 'find ways' to get Derrick Henry on the field

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 10:53pm

Terry McCormick - [Full Article]

Mike Mularkey said Titans will find ways to get Derrick Henry on the field, even though DeMarco Murray is still the starter.

Fantasy Impact:

Both players have looked good in the preseason. The Titans drafted Henry with the intention of using him as a rookie, so we're expecting a fairly run-heavy game plan, at least until the Titans fall behind. Henry has a lot of upside as an attrition play if anything were to happen to Murray.

Derrick Henry impresses in scrimmage

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:22am - [Full Article]

Derrick Henry really made his mark when the Titans scrimmage started. He was one of the offense’s biggest stars on Monday night, displaying the same bruising running style and nifty moves he did while leading Alabama to another national championship.

Henry got plenty of work last night behind running back DeMarco Murray.

“He’s a stud. He’s a stud,’’ Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo said of Henry. “He’s definitely going to continue to get better. He has a few things to work on as far as keeping his pads down low when he gets down to the goal-line and things like that, but overall the guy is going to be a stud in this league."

Fantasy Impact:

Murray is no sure thing fantasy-wise after the Titans traded for him from the Eagles after an unimpressive year in 2015. Murray was coming off a 392-carry season in 2014 with the Cowboys and some speculated he may not be the same after that large of a workload. Chip Kelly's system didn't really fit Murray's running style and that's what the Titans are banking on in 2016. However, Henry is next in line if Murray does show signs of slowing down.

Ravens Beat: Don't forget about Justin Forsett

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Terrance West stole the show in Monday night's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium with his big runs. Kenneth Dixon became the star of Saturday night's workout before 25,000 at the stadium with his open-field moves.

The one Baltimore Ravens running back that few are talking about this training camp is the one who has led the team in rushing the last two seasons. Justin Forsett finds himself in the peculiar position of being atop the depth chart while flying under the radar.

"Justin is quietly having an excellent camp," coach John Harbaugh said.

Forsett's 1,907 yards rushing the last two seasons are the eighth-most in the NFL. But unlike some of the others ahead of him on that list -- DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Le'Veon Bell -- Forsett hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot.

Harbaugh declined to name his No. 1 running back in February, and the Ravens drafted a running back in the fourth round for the third straight year. That put a huge question mark at the running back position for the offseason and training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

What Forsett has working for him is the best track record in this running back group. Since Forsett surprisingly filled Ray Rice's starting spot in 2014, his 22 runs over 20 yards (first), 4.9-yard rushing average (fifth) and 2,323 yards from scrimmage all rank in the top 10 among running backs the last two seasons. He is five years older than any back on the roster, the story said, and those other guys are all just making bigger plays right now. If the trend continues, it's hard not to see this turning into a committee or hot-hand situation.

David Cobb healthy, but in RB3 battle

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 4:27pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

His rookie season was a frustrating one in many respects, but by the end of it, David Cobb thought he might have a decent shot at being the Titans’ starting running back in 2015.

After all, Cobb carried 19 times for 73 yards in the Titans’ regular-season ending loss to Indianapolis.

A few months later, everything changed for Cobb, however, when the Titans traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry.

Fantasy Impact:

All of a sudden, Cobb finds himself in a battle for the third running back position, along with Antonio Andrews, Bishop Sankey and others, the story said. Cobb is finally healthy and may be able to show what he can do to win a roster spot. It's also fair to wonder what Murray may have left after not showing much last season with Eagles.

Titans expect Marcus Mariota to run more this year

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 8:05pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Mularkey has talked most of the offseason about getting Marcus Mariota running much more in his second NFL season.

The Titans plan to run the ball much more in 2016 after trading for DeMarco Murray and drafting Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry out of Alabama.

Fantasy Impact:

Mariota, the No. 2 pick of the 2015 draft and a Heisman winner, ran for 2,237 yards in his career at Oregon and will be a big part of that after running only 34 times as a rookie. The quarterback took off on two designed runs during a team period Sunday, and Mularkey said they will plan accordingly against the defenses they play while trying to avoid leaving a defender unblocked, the story said.

Cowboys Beat: Ezekiel Elliott has to get a lot of work

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 1:23pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cowboys want to get back to the formula that worked so well in 2014 when DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards.

They drafted Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall to be the lead back but have two other backs who can handle big workloads. In order to maximize -- or justify -- the selection of a running back that high, Elliott has to get a lot of work.

Can they keep McFadden and Morris happy? In his two years as offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan has relied mostly on one back to carry the load. First it was Murray, and last year, after Joseph Randle fell apart, it was McFadden.

Fantasy Impact:

The story quoted Linehan as saying he already trusts Elliott to be on the field in any situation and he thinks he's a full-package back, which means Morris and McFadden are insurance and/or role players. McFadden will not be ready for camp and Lance Dunbar is likely headed for the PUP list despite recovering quicker than expected from a torn ACL, but is more of a third down back. These are all reasons Elliott is one of the top backs to draft this year.

Titans Beat: 'Expectation' is that RB DeMarco Murray will serve as 'workhorse'

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 11:28am

Titans Online - [Full Article]

Coming off a stellar 2014 season, DeMarco Murray’s numbers weren’t nearly as impressive last season with the Eagles, where he had few opportunities in an offense that wasn’t designed to take advantage of his strengths. The Titans plan to put Murray to work, and they’ve love how he’s handled himself over the last few months. Murray has looked good on the field, and he’s also spoken up and provided leadership. The expectation is he’ll return to form in 2016, and be the team’s workhorse in the backfield.

Related players: Derrick Henry

Fantasy Impact:

It’s fair to wonder if Murray’s best years are behind him after his disappointing season in Philadelphia (193 carries for 702 yards and six touchdowns). His 3.6 YPC was a full 1.1 YPC less than his 2014 average in his epic season with the Cowboys. Now he joins a Tennessee team that may have trouble staying in a run-heavy game script, and he’ll have to fend off 2nd-round pick Derrick Henry.

Cowboys appear ready to go with ground and pound formula

Monday, July 11, 2016, 1:27pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Fortunately, the Cowboys added their best "defender" on offense: Ezekiel Elliott.

That may sound like a confusing statement, but it's not. Elliott is going to help Dallas' defense greatly with his ability to keep it off the field. Much like DeMarco Murray did in 2014, Elliott is going to carry the load, take pressure off of quarterback Tony Romo, and allow the defense to get plenty of rest throughout games.

"He's definitely a three-tool player that can just play on every single down," safety Barry Church said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "And it helps out the defense a lot. It takes up our play downs by a lot. That also happened in 2014 when we had DeMarco Murray. He was punishing defenses and we were three-and-out here, three-and-out there, and we were fresh in the fourth quarter. That's how we won all of our games, by getting takeaways in the fourth quarter, but that was because we were fresh."

Fantasy Impact:

Church added in the piece the Cowboys could return to their 2014 form of grounding and pounding, and with an aging Romo at QB, the strategy makes sense. Couple that with a very good O-line, and it's easy to see why Elliot ranks fourth on our RB list coming into this season. With Darren McFadden's injury, he's on pace to get RB1 touches.

Joseph Randle deemed capable to stand trial

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 1:36pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

A year ago, Joseph Randle was preparing for his first year as the starting tailback of the Dallas Cowboys, taking over the job from DeMarco Murray. Now, Randle is moving closer and closer to an extended stay in prison.

Via TMZ, a Kansas judge has found Randle to be mentally competent to stand trial on felony charges arising from a beer-pong game gone bad.

Randle allegedly reacted to whatever happened during the game by attacking guests at a party in Kansas and then hitting multiple people with his car.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle remains in custody, and a competency exam resulted in a finding that Randle is mentally capable to participate in a trial.

Titans call RB DeMarco Murray 'a coach's dream'

Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:04pm - [Full Article]

Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom is sold on veteran running back DeMarco Murray.

He loves his work ethic, his leadership skills, and his ability. He’s been blown away by what he’s seen this offseason.

“He’s a coach’s dream,’’ Croom said of Murray.

While Murray is expected to get the bulk of the workload for the Titans this fall, Derrick Henry could earn more opportunities if he performs well.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s fair to wonder if Murray’s best years are behind him after his disappointing season in Philadelphia (193 carries for 702 yards and six touchdowns). His 3.6 YPC was a full 1.1 YPC less than his 2014 average in his epic season with the Cowboys. Now he joins a Tennessee team that may have trouble staying in a run-heavy game script, and he’ll have to fend off 2nd-round pick Derrick Henry. But it's good to hear that he's off to a good start.

Cowboys Beat: RB Ezekiel Elliott should see 'roughly 280-300 carries'

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 12:12pm

Dallas Cowboys - [Full Article]

David Helman of

I don’t think it’s even a question that Ezekiel Elliott will be first string, and I’d say that even if Darren McFadden was 100 percent healthy. To your second point, I don’t think “concerned” is the word I’d use, but it’s definitely something I’d be mindful of. DeMarco Murray got 83 percent of the carries for this team in 2014, and he finished with more than 400 total touches. That’s a tad much for anyone, let alone a rookie. Fortunately, the Cowboys have vastly superior depth at the position this year. I think Zeke will finish with roughly 280-300 carries, which would put him right around 18-20 per game. That should leave plenty of carries for Alfred Morris and McFadden to get involved.

Fantasy Impact:

It's doubtful that the Cowboys drafted Elliott #4 overall to let him sit behind McFadden and/or Morris as a rookie. As long as he doesn't fall on his face, he should be the workhorse, with McFadden and Morris sprinkling in as change-of-pace backs. McFadden’s offseason injury only serves to help Elliott’s chances of RB1 touches.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray likes that the new offense is 'strictly downhill'

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 10:39am

Jim Rome Show - [Full Article]

Following a disappointing season with the Philadelphia Eagles in a system that didn’t seem to fit DeMarco Murray’s skills, the running back was asked on The Jim Rome Show if he believes Mike Mularkey’s offense in Tennessee is a better fit for him. He answered, “I do. It’s strictly downhill and that’s what I’ve been accustomed to my entire life. Nothing against last year or what happened, it just didn’t work out, but I’m very excited about this upcoming season and looking forward to it.”

Fantasy Impact:

Murray was looking like he'd be one of the few workhorse backs until the Titans drafted Derrick Henry in the 2nd round. It's good to hear that he favors the new system and is looking for a bounce back season.

Mularkey: Titans RB Dexter McCluster 'clearly has a role here'

Monday, June 13, 2016, 8:06pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Mularkey has spoken highly of Dexter McCluster on numerous occasions this offseason.

“I think I’ve said it before: He clearly has a role here,’’ Mularkey said of McCluster. “The offense is multi-faceted, and he will be parts of many different packages to try and attack defenses.”

Related players: DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry

Fantasy Impact:

If McCluster has a sizable role in the passing game, it will put a dent in the upside of DeMarco Murray, who is a solid receiver out of the backfield.

Titans OC discusses hot hand approach at running back

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 12:10pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

So, what’s Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie’s theory on running backs, and division of carries?

“I believe in just doing whatever we have to do, whatever is necessary to win the game,’’ Robiskie said. “Obviously we’ll have it situated going into the game, and figuring, ‘Hey, we want to go this way or go that way.’ If we get to going in the game and some guy gets the hot hand and that’s what it takes to win the game then that is what we are going to do.

“We are not going to sit down before the game and say, ‘So and so has to have 20 carries, or he has to touch it 25 times,’’’ Robiskie said. “We are going to go into the game and we’ll run the offense and try and get it called and try and execute it and whatever we feel we need to get done to win the game, that’s what we’re going to get done. But we don’t sit down and structure, so and so has to have 25 carries, so and so has to get 30 carries.”

If a certain guy gets hot, with a smile, Robiskie said, “I wouldn’t be afraid to give him 70 (carries). If I hand it to him and he keeps running for touchdowns, I’ll keep handing it to him.”

Related players: DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't sound particularly good for Murray, who didn't run the ball very well while in Philadelphia. He'll have to fend off Henry, so this is shaping up to be an unpredictable running game.

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