The idea had already crossed Walker's mind.
“I am pretty sure,’’ Walker said. “When you have a threat like that, and you have a tight end threat, if I am on the field at all times blocking and running routes, I think that gives us a mismatch on the field. Defenses won’t know what is going on, and that just gives you another opportunity to put points on the board.”
The Titans were 13th in pass % (percentage of pass attempts of total called plays), and that number is likely to fall with the addition of DeMarco Murray. Tennessee was 27th in total plays, so there is plenty of room for improvement. The team will have to run more plays if Walker hopes to see the same workload.
“DeMarco is a premium back in this league, and I have admired his running style from afar for a long time,” Robinson said in a statement formally announcing the trade. “We are expecting him to embody all that we want to be about as a team moving forward — tough, dependable and team-first. He will be a workhorse for us and his presence in our offense will help everyone around him.”
Murray seems to have his eyes on that kind of role in the offense. He said in a statement that he’s willing to do anything the Titans ask, “whether it is carrying the ball 20 times, 30 times, whatever.”
As we stated earlier when the trade news broke, this puts a damper on the fantasy value of David Cobb as well as Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey. Murray is considered a volume rusher and seems poised to get a big workload, however the Titans OL has struggled over the past few seasons.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the move, which won't become official until Wednesday.
Murray altered his contract to accommodate the trade, but he did not lose his $21 million in guaranteed money, per Rapoport, according to a source informed of the deal.
This would seem to solve the Titans' problem at running back and kills any positive offseason buzz for David Cobb. The Titans have struggled to run the ball in recent years, but Murray will be an upgrade at the position. He'll likely be drafted as a middle-of-the-road RB2 in August. In Philadelphia, it's a boon to Ryan Mathews' value, provided he stays put.
Murray, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract in the offseason, carried the ball just twice against the Arizona Cardinals and gained 3 yards.
The most noticeable time he wasn't on the field was a 4th-and-1 play where the Eagles went for it. The broadcast team noted Murray's record of success in the past in that situation, but the Eagles turned to Ryan Mathews instead and he was stuffed for no gain. Murray is a risky play heading into Week 16. Mathews did fumble twice in this game so it's really anyone's guess as to how the workload will be split. The Eagles are still alive for the division but need to win out, so it's hard to imagine the team going back to Murray in a must-win game if they feel he's not a good fit for the offense.
Murray carried the ball 11 times for 34 yards Sunday after complaining about his playing time and role in the offense to owner Jeffrey Lurie on the flight back to Philadelphia following a Week 13 win over the New England Patriots.
Following that impromptu conversation, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan, Murray met with head coach Chip Kelly.
Despite being guaranteed $18 million through next season as part of a $40 million contract Murray signed during the offseason, it is becoming more evident that at least for the remainder of this season the league's defending rushing champion will be nothing more than a member of a backfield by committee.
As the story said, Murray's results on the field have done little to convince either Kelly or the coaching staff that he is deserving of being the feature back after 13 weeks. So far this season Murray has only rushed for 603 yards while averaging 3.5 yards per carry.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has finally begun to realize that DeMarco Murray, his prized free-agent signing, is not a good fit in his offense. But Kelly is still giving Murray more touches than his production warrants.
In Sunday’s win over the Bills, Murray actually got plenty of touches: Murray had 11 carries for 34 yards, plus two catches for three yards.
That continues a trend that has been going on all season: Murray is getting the ball a lot and not doing much of anything with it. Murray has 174 carries for 603 yards this season, an average of 3.5 yards a carry. Murray’s average is by far the worst on the team: Ryan Mathews averages 5.3 yards per carry with 465 yards on 87 carries, Kenjon Barner averages 4.6 yards a carry with 106 yards on 23 carries and Darren Sproles averages 4.0 yards a carry with 275 yards on 69 carries.
There were reports that Murray was going to be inactive or reduced to the team's RB4 in Week 14, but that wasn't the case. Instead, it was worse for fantasy owners as Mathews, Murray and Sproles seemed to split up the workload. This is going to be a tricky situation going forward. Mathews is probably the best fit for a full workload and has often produced with more with less touches than he got this week. But without a full workload, he'll still have some risks going forward.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. The Philadelphia RB corps will be difficult to predict. Mathews has vastly outplayed DeMarco Murray, who may or may not be in Chip Kelly’s dog house. Mathews could see 10-15 touches in a lead back role, or the team may elect to ease him in slowly.
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Mathews says he’s going to play in Week 14 and it appears that DeMarco Murray is in the doghouse. Mathews could see 10-15 touches in a lead back role, or he could be eased in slowly.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Mathews says he’s going to play in Week 14 and it appears that DeMarco Murray is in the doghouse. Mathews could see 10-15 touches in a lead back role, or he could be eased in slowly.
His previous low came in Week 4, when he had just 25 snaps against the Washington Redskins, but the game flow dictated that one. With the Eagles falling behind, they turned to their passing down backs. In Week 13, Murray's low snap count was part of the plan.
Head coach Chip Kelly explained that based on the matchup, it made more sense to use his smaller running backs -- Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner. However, he also added that Sproles' ability to create positive plays consistently helped him stay on the field throughout the game.
This will be interesting to watch the rest of the season. The Eagles made some changes coming into this game after three-straight losses, and it was clear the speed of Sproles and Barner worked better on the sweep plays the team loves to run. The Birds also scored three special team and defensive TDs which limited the offensive snaps, but it's been pretty clear this season Murray isn't a great fit in this offense. Also keep in mind Ryan Mathews missed this game with a concussion and has had more success than Murray this season. The return of Mathews could also keep Murray's snap total low going forward.
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