|Date of Birth:||01/18/1990|
|Drafted:||2013 | Round 6 | Pick 181|
|Depth Chart:||2nd string|
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Latavius Murray (ankle) is officially active for the Ravens.
Murray is officially back after missing the past three games with his ankle sprain. Look for him to again lead the Baltimore backfield and be the preferred goal-line option among the team’s running backs.
Latavius Murray (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Week 10.
This is Murray’s third consecutive missed game with his ankle injury. The short week for the Thursday night matchup probably made it tough for Murray to get ready to return to the lineup, but hopefully he can come back in Week 11.
Latavius Murray (ankle) is officially inactive for Week 9.
Murray was listed as doubtful entering the weekend, so this was the expectation. This is Murray’s second consecutive missed game. The Ravens’ next contest is this Thursday night, so we’ll see if Murray can make enough progress to play on the short week.
Latavius Murray (ankle) is officially listed as doubtful for Week 9.
Murray did not practice all week and will likely be out for Sunday against the Vikings, but perhaps the doubtful designation (as opposed to being ruled out ahead of the weekend) is a good indication that the veteran running back will have a shot to play next Thursday night against the Dolphins. Expect Murray to be inactive on Sunday.
Latavius Murray (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 7.
Baltimore will rely on Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman to lead the backfield on Sunday, and Ty’Son Williams should also be active. We’d say both Bell and Freeman are solid FLEX plays, especially with six teams on a bye.
Latavius Murray (ankle) is considered day-to-day.
This is good news after Murray injured his ankle in Week 6 against the Chargers. Baltimore has been utilizing a committee backfield, but Murray has been leading the group this season.
Latavius Murray (ankle) is officially questionable to return for the Ravens.
Murray limped off gingerly, and it's officially an ankle injury for him. We'll see, but it would be a surprise if Murray returns today against the Chargers. Before leaving, Murray had nine carries for 44 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 12 yards.
The Ravens are signing Latavius Murray.
This felt like a natural fit after the Saints released Murray earlier this week, and it's especially a fit after Gus Edwards unfortunately tore his ACL in today's practice. Murray will join Le'Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman as recent veteran additions in the Baltimore backfield, but he might be the best fit as a north-south runner.
The Saints are releasing Latavius Murray.
While there was major smoke surrounding a potential Murray release this summer, it's pretty shocking that it's coming a week after roster cut downs. Perhaps Murray himself requested a release and hoped to land in a different situation (potentially in Baltimore), though. Tony Jones Jr. is now set to be the primary backup and complement to Alvin Kamara this season. Murray played well in two seasons with New Orleans, and he shouldn't have much trouble finding a new team despite being 31 years old.
Latavius Murray (quad) is officially inactive for the Divisional Round.
Alvin Kamara is set for a massive workload against a stingy Buccaneers defense with a trip to the NFC Championship on the line.
Latavius Murray (quad) officially did not practice today.
Murray is day-to-day, but he appears to be in real danger of missing the Divisional Round against the Buccaneers. We'll see how the bruising runner is listed on the final injury report of the week when it's out tomorrow.
Latavius Murray is dealing with a thigh injury.
Murray is in the locker room and probably won't be returning today with the Saints up three possessions and set to advance to the Divisional Round next weekend. Before leaving, Murray had four carries for nine yards and two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully this is just a minor issue and Murray is fine for the next round of the playoffs.
Entire Saints running back room out for Week 17.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer says Latavius Murray and the rest of the running back room aside from runner/receiver hybrid Ty Montgomery have been deemed "close contacts" to Alvin Kamara and are all out tomorrow against the Panthers. This is obviously a tough blow to New Orleans as they continue to push for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Murray's regular season ends with 146 carries for 656 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns along with 23 receptions for 176 yards and one receiving touchdown. Especially with Kamara's status uncertain, the Saints will be counting on Murray to get cleared and available for the first round of the playoffs.
Latavius Murray handles 15 carries in Week 1 victory.
He turned them into 48 yards against a tough Tampa Bay front, but the biggest takeaway here is that Latavius led New Orleans in carries, and it seems that Sean Payton may want to make it a point to keep his big runner involved this year. Of course, Alvin Kamara—who rushed 12 times for 16 yards and a score while also adding a 5/51/1 receiving line—could push for 20+ touches most weeks, but fantasy owners can be optimistic about standalone value for Murray to pair with his premium handcuff upside.
Latavius Murray gets fed 32 touches against the Bears.
Murray carried 27 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns along with five receptions for 31 yards in the Saints' Week 7 victory at Chicago. New Orleans was not afraid to pound the rock against the Bears defense, and Murray received good blocking and continuously gashed the Chicago defense all afternoon in the Saints' convincing win to move to 6-1. Alvin Kamara had been hogging most of the reps in the backfield this season (which is understandable considering his talent), but Murray is a very good runner and one of the league's most underrated players—it's not surprising to see him do this type of damage with more touches. As the Saints look to keep Kamara fresh and healthy, there's no question Murray is going to be more of a factor moving forward, and he should be picked up in any fantasy leagues he's been dropped in. If Kamara remains out with his ankle injury next week, Murray will be a great fantasy option versus the Cardinals.
Latavius Murray gets involved in Saints win.
With Alvin Kamara (18 touches, 66 yards) at less than 100% while dealing with an ankle injury, the Saints finally gave Murray more work in their offense in a Week 6 victory over the Jaguars. Murray carried eight times for 44 yards and caught three passes for 35 yards in the game, and he simply played better than a less-than-full-strength Kamara. Also, Murray had a touchdown reception that was called back on a holding call against Michael Thomas, and Thomas probably did not need to hold for Murray to score. The Saints might want to keep Murray, who has played well when he's been given the opportunity this season, involved to keep Kamara fresh and healthy throughout the rest of the year. Just keep Murray in mind as a strong potential pickup if he's available in your league.
Latavius Murray barely used in Week 3.
Murray had just two carries for two yards in the Saints' 33-27 win over the Seahawks, while Alvin Kamara carried 16 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also adding nine receptions for 92 yards and another score. There was some hope that New Orleans would run the ball more with Murray after Drew Brees' injury, but this outing is very concerning for the bruising runner. We recommend holding Murray because of his upside in a top offense that typically utilizes two running backs (and because this was just one game), but he's not a must-hold if you want to clear a bench spot on your roster.
The Saints are expected to sign Latavius Murray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schefter says it's a four-year, $14.4 million deal for the former Viking and Raider, and it will become official at the start of the new league year tomorrow. This almost certainly means the end of Mark Ingram in New Orleans, but it's a bit surprising Murray's salary will be under $4 million per season. The 29-year-old must've liked what the Saints told him about a potential role, as he'll likely have a huge role while working in tandem with Alvin Kamara in what could be a 50/50 split in terms of carries (though Kamara will be more involved as a receiver). Also, Murray is one of the best goal-line backs in football, so he looks like he should be at least a fantasy FLEX option with plenty of scoring opportunities in an excellent Saints offense in 2019.
Latavius Murray rushed twice for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to Chicago.
Murray wasn't targeted in the passing game. The 28-year-old rushed 140 times for 578 yards (4.1 YPC) and six touchdowns this season, also adding 22 receptions for 141 yards. Latavius turns 29 next month, but he should have no shortage of suitors—the Raiders (his former team) and Eagles come immediately to mind—and should start somewhere in 2019. Of course, we need to see the landing spot, but Murray will almost certainly be undervalued in fantasy drafts next summer.
Latavius Murray handles 11 touches in Week 16 win.
Murray rushed nine times for 22 yards, also adding two receptions for six yards. Those in redraft leagues can probably drop Latavius heading into the season finale as Minnesota faces a stout Chicago front, but he will look to make an impact as a change-of-pace option and goal-line runner with the Vikings looking to lock up a playoff spot.
Latavius Murray scores in Vikings' win.
Murray carried 15 times for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 blowout win against the Dolphins. New offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski showed an immediate strong commitment to the run, giving Dalvin Cook 19 carries in addition to Murray's 15. The score came during Minnesota's 21-point first quarter, as he received great blocking and threw one stiff arm to spring the 18-yarder. This was just one game, but Murray looks like he could be getting double-digit carries the final two games of the season. He's in the FLEX mix for fantasy championships.
Latavius Murray gets three carries in Week 14.
Murray gained four yards on his three attempts against the Seahawks. He received a fourth-and-short rushing attempt along with a goal-line attempt, but Seattle penetrated and didn't give him much of a chance to put his shoulder down and convert. Murray is a very good running back, but he's not getting enough work to be a reliable option in the fantasy playoffs.
Latavius Murray gets six touches against the Patriots.
Murray carried four times for 11 yards and caught two passes for three yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss. Minnesota refuses to commit to the running game, but Murray at least got an opportunity on a short-yardage carry on a fourth-and-short that he converted (though he appeared to be clearly short of the line-to-gain but a replay review did not overturn the call). There's no doubt Mike Zimmer still wants to run the ball more, so we'll see if that happens over the final quarter of the regular season.
Latavius Murray gets 11 carries against the Packers.
Murray gained 33 yards on his 11 attempts in the Vikings’ win. He out-carried Dalvin Cook (ten carries, 29 yards), but Green Bay did a good job of stopping the run while they were lit up through the air. The Vikings might go with a pass-happy approach against Tom Brady and the Patriots next week, so Murray is a touchdown-dependent FLEX option.
Latavius Murray handles four carries in Week 11 loss.
Murray rushed four times for just five yards, as he and Dalvin Cook (nine carries for 12 yards and a lost fumble) were both held in check by Chicago's stout front. Minnesota will hopefully get back to running the ball more with a heavy dose of Latavius mixing in, but he isn't a highly recommended FLEX option for Week 12 against the Packers.
Latavius Murray scores in Vikings' win.
Murray carried ten times for 31 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 16 yards versus the Lions. Dalvin Cook returned to the lineup after missing four games and was said to be on a snap count, but he out-touched Murray 14-11. Still, Murray received a goal-line carry and converted by reaching the ball across for six—it was actually initially ruled a fumble recovered by tight end Kyle Rudolph in the end zone, but it was then changed to a Murray score. Murray is one of the league's best at the goal line, so he should keep his role there along with double-digit-touch potential even with Cook back. He might be a risky FLEX option for Week 11 against the Bears, though, as we'll have to see how he's used with Cook at 100% after the bye.
Latavius Murray scores in Vikings' loss to the Saints.
In a matchup with the league's No. 1 run defense giving up just 3.1 yards per carry, Murray ran the ball well downhill throughout the night ,carrying 13 times for 56 yards and a touchdown while also adding five receptions for 39 yards. The score was on a goal line carry where Murray went airborne to get the ball in for six—Murray has been perhaps the best goal-line back in the league for a few seasons. With Dalvin Cook (hamstring) likely to miss next Sunday's game against the Lions, Murray will remain a very good option in fantasy lineups. Murray barely got the ball to open the season, but his pace over the last four games would put him at a 252/1,288/16 rushing line for a 16-game stretch.
Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.
Cook is on the doubtful side of things for Sunday night against the Saints, and there's probably a chance he's ruled out tomorrow when the official injury report for the game is released.
Latavius Murray scores twice in Vikings' win.
Murray carried 15 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns along with two receptions for 14 yards in a game where some flurries fell in East Rutherford against the Jets. The first score was an 11-yard touchdown where he put his foot in the ground and got through a tackle attempt inside the five-yard line; and the second score was a 38-yarder on a run he showed excellent vision and speed as he cut back and zoomed to the end zone. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said during the week that Murray gets better with more carries, and the team could probably commit to him even more if Dalvin Cook (hamstring) misses more time. Next week against the Saints is a tough matchup, but Murray would be a solid option in fantasy lineups if he draws another start.
Latavius Murray goes off in featured role as Minnesota tops Arizona.
Drawing a start with Dalvin Cook (hamstring) a surprising inactive, Murray rushed 24 times for 155 yards and one touchdown, also adding a three-yard reception. It's strange that it took the Vikings so long to feed Latavius after he was great for them in 2017, but he scored on a 21-yard burst in the first quarter and was strong the rest of the way on Sunday. Unfortunately, Cook's injury seems to be very troublesome, so Murray could be in for a featured role for at least another week. If so, he is an easy RB2 play against the Jets next Sunday with the hopes that Minnesota doesn't suddenly abandon the running game.
Latavius Murray gets 13 touches against the Eagles.
Murray carried 11 times for 42 yards and added two receptions (on two targets) for 14 yards in the Week 5 victory. The Vikings' gameplan was to attack the Eagles through the air, but Murray did most of his damage toward the end of the game when the Vikings were trying to take up clock. If Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remains out of the lineup in Week 6, Murray would be at least a FLEX option against the Cardinals.
Latavius Murray gets four touches against the Rams.
Dalvin Cook received only ten touches in the game, but the Vikings had a very pass-heavy approach, which didn't lead to many opportunities for Murray behind him. Murray had two carries for two yards and two receptions for 16 yards in the loss. He also did well in pass protection, but that obviously didn't help fantasy owners. The running game isn't coming along well enough for Murray to be a FLEX option right now.
Latavius Murray handles just seven touches in Week 3 start as the Vikings are upset at home.
In an out-of-nowhere 27-6 loss to Buffalo, Murray rushed twice for one yard and caught five passes for 30 yards. The veteran looked to be a home-run RB1/RB2 option for a team that was a three-score favorite, but Minnesota trailed 17-0 at the end of the first quarter and completely abandoned the running game for whatever reason, instead opting for 55 pass attempts. Though it was by no fault of his own, Murray's performance might cause fantasy owners to drop him immediately, but he remains an elite handcuff with RB1 potential; that said, if Dalvin Cook (hamstring) misses another game on Thursday night, Murray would be more of a low-end RB2 in a very difficult matchup against the Rams.
Latavius Murray handles four carries in Week 2 tie.
Murray rushed four times for 19 yards and was not a factor in the passing game. Minnesota didn't stick with the rushing attack, as Dalvin Cook had just ten carries before leaving the game late with cramps, but Latavius has actually been the more efficient runner through two weeks with 16 carries for 61 yards (4.1 YPC) compared to 26 carries for 78 yards (3.0 YPC) for Cook. We'll see if the Vikings decide to run more in Week 3 against a Buffalo team that can be vulnerable on the ground, but Murray probably isn't getting enough touches to be anything more than a decent FLEX right now.
Latavius Murray gets 11 carries in Week 1.
Dalvin Cook (22 touches) received the majority of the playing time for the Vikings, but Murray still had a role and was seemingly given the ball whenever he was in the game. Murray gained a team-high 42 yards on his 11 carries, showing his usual great vision and one-cut ability. Ideally for the Vikings, Murray will get double-digit carries every week, which would keep him in FLEX consideration.
Mike Zimmer says Latavius Murray has had "a great spring."
This time last year, Murray was still working his way back ankle surgery and wasn't able to participate in offseason training like he has this year. Zimmer says Murray is "seeing things well, he’s making good cuts, and I think they’ll be good competition." The "they" he means is Murray and Dalvin Cook, who is coming off a torn ACL from last October and is already participating in team drills. Murray and Cook are pushing each other, and Minnesota should have among the best one-two punches at running back in the NFL. There should be enough work for both Cook and Murray to be fantasy factors in 2018.
Latavius Murray handles just eight touches in 38-7 loss to the Eagles.
The Vikings fell behind big in the first half to Philly in the NFC Championship, so they were forced to abandon the run in the second half. Murray finished with six carries for 18 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards. Latavius played great this year after taking over for the injured Dalvin Cook, but he will be a backup in 2018 with Cook healthy, which makes him a trade candidate. If he remains in Minnesota, Murray would be an elite handcuff and change-of-pace option, making him worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Latavius Murray scores in wild win over the Saints.
Murray rushed 19 times for 50 yards and a touchdown, which came from one yard away in the second quarter. He also caught two passes for 17 yards. The Saints did a nice job clogging the rushing lanes, particularly in the second half, but Minnesota was able to win on the final play of the game in miraculous fashion. The Vikings will likely feed Latavius in next week's NFC Championship Game against the Eagles.
Latavius Murray plays great in Vikings' win.
"L-Train" continues his stellar play heading to the postseason, as he carried 20 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns while adding a three-yard reception against the Bears. Murray has simply been great since taking over for Dalvin Cook, who went down with a torn ACL in Week 4. His first regular season in Minnesota ends with 216 carries for 842 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns along with 15 receptions for 103 receiving yards. His physical running style should be great for the postseason, and he'll be an important player as the Vikings look to make a Super Bowl run.
Latavius Murray gets 22 touches in Week 16.
Murray worked as the lead ball-carrier for the Vikings again, carrying 21 times for 69 yards while adding one reception for six yards. Minnesota struggled to pickup running lanes for Murray on some plays, and Green Bay seemed determined to stop the run, but Murray ran better than the box score indicates. He'll be a strong option in the last week of the regular season next weekend versus the Bears.
Latavius Murray totals 104 yards on 21 touches in Week 16 win.
Murray rushed 20 times for 76 yards and a touchdown, adding a 28-yard reception. The Vikings starter was able to convert a goal-line plunge in the first quarter, and he's proven to be a tremendous signing after a slow recovery from ankle surgery. Minnesota should ride Latavius again on Saturday night against the Packers, and he should stay in lineups as an RB1/RB2 for the fantasy championship.
Latavius Murray contained in loss to the Panthers.
Murray rushed nine times for 14 yards and caught two passes for six yards. Minnesota was without their standout rookie center Pat Elflein and right tackle Mike Remmers against one of the league's best defenses, and it caused Murray to see heavy penetration in the backfield for most of the day. He should bounce back as an RB1/RB2 play for Week 15 against a Bengals team that just got dominated by Jordan Howard.
Latavius Murray totals 97 yards in Week 13 win.
Murray rushed 16 times for 76 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards. He didn't find the end zone on a day Minnesota scored just two touchdowns, but Latavius looked great again, breaking arm tackles and getting to the second level to set both scores up. The team's free-agent acquisition gets a difficult matchup next week in Carolina, but it's difficult to bench the hot hand for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. Consider him more of a quality RB2 than RB1/RB2 option.
Latavius Murray scores again in Week 12.
Murray kept up his excellent play as the primary ball-carrier for the Vikings, carrying 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a carry by the goal line, which is obviously something he's shown he's great at throughout his career, and this was his third straight game with a score. Murray also had a 46-yard run to open the second half of the Thanksgiving win. He's really gotten in a groove recently, so Murray will be a great option in Week 13 against the Falcons.
Latavius Murray scores twice in win over the Rams.
Murray rushed 15 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns, also adding a one-yard reception. The first touchdown came up the middle from eight yards out in the second quarter, and the second came in the fourth quarter from two yards out. Both were powerful runs that showed why Murray was one of the premier touchdown-scorers in the NFL last season with Oakland. People didn't want to acknowledge that Latavius was coming off a long recovery from offseason ankle surgery after his slow start to the season, but he's now scored four touchdowns over the past four games and has rushed 32 times for 163 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and three touchdowns since the bye week. He's a high-end RB2 on Thanksgiving against Detroit.
Latavius Murray scores against the Redskins.
Murray started the game and worked as the lead ball-carrier for the Vikings, as he gashed the Redskins defense a few times in the game. He had 17 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming on a goal line carry. Jerick McKinnon had ten carries and two receptions in the game, and he could get more carries if he gets hot during a game. But Murray is the preferred standard league option, and he'll be an RB2/FLEX option against the Rams in Week 11.
Latavius Murray gets 20 touches in Vikings’ win.
The Browns have one of the best run defenses in the NFL, and they did a good job of limiting Murray on his carries. Murray gained 39 yards on his 19 carries while adding one reception for eight yards. Jerick McKinnon (14 carries for 50 yards) found more room to run against the Browns, but it’s good to see them both get more than enough touches to make an impact. They’ll both be starting options when they return from their Week 9 bye.
Latavius Murray runs wild against the Ravens in Week 7.
This was the game the Vikings were looking for when they signed Murray in free agency in the offseason. The big, athletic back carried 18 times for 113 yards and a touchdown in the win over Baltimore, consistently gashing a defense that got nose tackle Brandon Williams back after missing four games. Murray broke a run of 35 yards in the game, and he later broke a 29-yard touchdown up the middle where he put a nice juke on a defender on the second level before getting in the end zone. The former Raider showed the kind of upside that made the Vikings want to sign him in free agency, and his carries have increased in each of the last five games. Minnesota is going with a hot-hand approach at running back, but they'd likely prefer to have Murray as the lead guy with Jerick McKinnon mixing in as an explosive guy behind him. They should both get a good amount of carries if things go according to plan for the Vikings, and they are both FLEX options against Cleveland next Sunday in London.
Latavius Murray gets another start, handles 16 touches in win.
Murray rushed 15 times for just 28 yards, and he also caught a nine-yard pass. Minnesota is trying to get Latavius going, but Jerick McKinnon is outplaying him right now, as he turned 21 touches into 99 yards and two scores on Sunday. Murray had a couple nice runs against Green Bay, but McKinnon's juice allows him to get to the perimeter. Also, Murray failed to convert a goal-line score that McKinnon did two plays later. Still, Murray remains a hold in fantasy leagues and is worthing looking at as a FLEX option against the Ravens next week, as he should get better as the season progresses.
The Vikings are likely sticking with a hot-hand approach at running back.
Latavius Murray was expected to get most of the carries, but Jerick McKinnon was running very well on Monday night against Chicago and ended up 22 touches (16 carries) in the game. Murray expects "the hot hand thing" will definitely continue and doesn't think it'll change. This could be a near-50/50 committee where each of them have some big weeks this season, and there should be enough touches to go around for both of them in the backfield. Murray also says he believes he is 100%, though he said a couple weeks ago he didn't feel he was. Both players are FLEX options against Green Bay this week.
Latavius Murray starts and gets 14 touches in Week 5.
The former Raider received his first start with the Vikings, carrying 12 times for 31 yards and adding two receptions (on two targets) for 12 yards. Murray did show some nice quickness and downhill ability from the start, but teammate Jerick McKinnon played lights out and ended up with more touches (22) in the game. Murray is a FLEX option in Week 6, but he's a bit of a risk with an uncertain workload given the chance of McKinnon continuing to get a good amount of carries.
Latavius Murray said his ankle is still not 100% healthy after offseason surgery.
Murray admitted it following Sunday's loss against the Lions in which Dalvin Cook tore his ACL, but he feels he can still play at a high level. The free-agent signing was able to handle seven carries in Week 4, so the expectation is that he will see a fairly large workload as the starter on Monday Night Football, especially with Jerick McKinnon dealing with an ankle injury of his own. Despite some fantasy "analysts" criticizing Murray's ability, Minnesota signed him to a nice contract in the offseason, and he was set to lead the backfield until Dalvin Cook fell to the second round. Latavius can convert short-yardage situations and is also an underrated receiver. Treat him as a low-end RB2 for this week against a stout Chicago defense.
Latavius Murray gets nine touches in Week 4.
Murray carried seven times for 21 yards while adding two receptions for eight yards against the Lions. With Dalvin Cook (knee) looking like he's probably done for the season, Murray is likely to take over most of the work in Minnesota's backfield. He'll be one of the top waiver wire pickups this week.
Latavius Murray gets two carries in Week 3.
Murray gained five yards on his two carries, while rookie Dalvin Cook handled 32 total touches in the game. It looks like Cook will be the workhorse all season long, despite Murray's ability.
Latavius Murray gets three carries in Week 2.
Murray picked up six yards on his three attempts. He's clearly behind rookie Dalvin Cook, but Murray should work his way into more touches as he continues getting acclimated to the offense after his return from offseason ankle surgery.
Latavius Murray doesn't get much time in Week 1.
Rookie Dalvin Cook had 25 touches against the Saints, not leaving much work for the other guys. Murray was not on the field for most of the first half until towards the end of the second quarter. He had two carries for six yards in the game, and he actually fumbled on his first carry for the team but fortunately the Vikings recovered it. Remember, Murray is still working his way back a little bit after missing basically all summer as he recovered from offseason ankle surgery. However, he looks like he's only a handcuff to Cook for now.
Latavius Murray makes preseason debut for the Vikings.
After missing all of the offseason and much of training camp recovering from ankle surgery, Murray played in Week 3 of the preseason against the Niners. He had two carries for six yards and two receptions for ten yards in the game, mixing in with the first team. While Cook is the clear starter in Minnesota, Murray will have a role and is worth a selection late in fantasy drafts.
Latavius Murray is set to play in third preseason game.
The Vikings play on Sunday night to cap off Week 3 of the preseason and their free agent acquisition is expected to be out there. Head coach Mike Zimmer says they'll just get Murray "in and get him a taste and see how it goes." Rookie Dalvin Cook has separated himself as the lead guy in Minnesota's backfield while Murray was recovering from offseason ankle surgery, but there's definitely a chance Murray carves out a nice role—potentially as a goal line back. Murray is an all-around player that can pass protect, excel as a receiver, and run well both inside and outside. We'll see what happens when he's out there against the 49ers.
Latavius Murray might play in the Vikings' third preseason game.
The big and athletic 6'3" pounder has been practicing with the team after he was taken off the PUP list, but Murray still hasn't played in a preseason game with the Vikings. Head coach Mike Zimmer said "maybe" when asked if Murray will be cleared to play for Sunday's "dress rehearsal" third preseason game against the 49ers. Because he's played so well with Murray out, rookie Dalvin Cook is the clear starter for the Vikings, but Murray can certainly take some work in the backfield—including potentially goal line work. Ideally, we'll see him out on the field Sunday night.
Latavius Murray isn't playing in tonight's preseason game against Seattle.
Murray and the Vikings have been taking things slow as he works his way back from offseason ankle surgery. This will give impressive rookie Dalvin Cook (and Jerick McKinnon) more opportunities. Hopefully Murray is good to go for the most important third preseason game on Thursday.
The Vikings activated Latavius Murray (ankle) from the PUP list.
Murray is now 100% and will practice today for the first time with his new team. It's unlikely he plays in the first preseason game this week, but Latavius will look to carve out solid role and stop the momentum of Dalvin Cook, who was looking to runaway with the starting job. Murray is great in short yardage and goal line situations, so he might have a role as the goal line back at the minimum. Don't count him out for winning the starting job outright, either. Preseason play will likely go a long way in determining who is in the backfield for the first snap of the regular season between Cook and Murray.
Mike Zimmer says he doesn't know when Latavius Murray (ankle) will return.
Murray is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, and Zimmer says his new running back is still waiting for the green light from doctors. The longer Minnesota's free agent signing is sidelined, the steeper climb he faces in winning the starting job in a backfield that includes talented rookie Dalvin Cook. Latavius still has well over a month to get healthy for the regular season, but he will fall behind if he misses too much preseason action, especially if Cook plays well. Murray will likely see his ADP fall into the late rounds if he isn't back soon, but he could still provide value there.
Murray (ankle) will open training camp on the PUP list.
This was an expected move, and it means that Murray will not practice until he's removed from the list. Latavius has had a slow recovery from offseason ankle surgery, but this could be the Vikings just taking it slow with their new back. Rookie Dalvin Cook will certainly benefit from more first-team reps with Murray sidelined, and how quickly the veteran gets back on the field will be key to the battle to "replace" Adrian Peterson. If Murray can get back sooner rather than later, there is still a decent chance he wins the starting job. Minnesota will be one of the more interesting teams to watch in preseason action.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer talked about the team's running back situation.
Zimmer said "pass protection is always the number one thing" for young running backs. Second-round rookie Dalvin Cook impressed the team throughout the offseason and reportedly received a lot of first team reps, but how well he pass protects will likely be a big factor in the amount of playing time he gets this season. Zimmer said he doesn't anticipate pass protection being an issue for veteran running back Latavius Murray, while he said Jerick McKinnon held up well in pass protection last season. The Vikings head coach also said it'll be important for the coaching staff to find the roles for each of the backs. Latavius Murray also talked to the media and said while he feels good, he isn't sure if he'll practice yet, also stating he knows he'll "have some catching up to do" when he hits the field. Minnesota's running back situation will be one of the biggest things to watch this preseason.
Vikings running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu says Latavius Murray is good at "finding the end zone."
Polamalu spoke with the the team's official website and talked about the running back group heading into the season. He talked highly of Jerrick McKinnon and Dalvin Cook—saying Cook has been as good as everyone else has said so far—but it's also notable that he said Murray is good at scoring. The former Raider had 12 touchdowns last season with Oakland, showing he can punch it in when the team gets inside the five. We'll have to see during training camp and the preseason, but it appears this will be a RBBC with Murray, Cook, and McKinnon all getting work, but Murray might be the team's primary goal line back.
Vikings running back Latavius Murray hopes to start for the Vikings.
Murray was on "Good Morning Football" and said he realizes that while he missed OTAs while recovering from ankle surgery, that he's a veteran that has played in the league and has a lot to bring to the offense. He also said that from rookie Dalvin Cook's perspective that he probably wants to be "the guy" too. Murray made it clear that he'll be helping Cook as much as he can and understood why the Vikings would take the first round talent as Cook slipped to the second round. The former Raider did make it clear hopes to be in the backfield to start the game for Week 1 on Monday Night Football versus the Saints, something he almost certainly expected he'd be doing when he signed with the team. The first step is getting healthy for training camp, which Murray is expected to be ready for around the start of.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he thinks Latavius Murray (ankle) should be ready around the start of training camp.
Murray got surgery on his injured ankle this offseason, so he hasn't been able to see the field with his new team yet. His absence shouldn't be that big of a deal as long as Murray is staying in the playbook during his recovery, but Dalvin Cook will obviously be at an advantage for touches if Latavius misses too much time. Murray could be a steal at his current ADP if he gets healthy.
Vikings running back Latavius Murray says he should be running on the field in about a week.
Murray is currently running in a pool and hasn't been able to get on the field with his new team after he underwent offseason ankle surgery. The Vikings have Jerrick McKinnon and rookie Dalvin Cook in the mix, but Murray brings the big back presence to the offense. They are all versatile backs as well, with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. This might turn out to be one of the true even RBBC's this season. It'll be good to see Murray on the field (it looks like it should happen by the start of training camp).
Latavius Murray says "the goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point," the Pioneer Press reports.
Murray said he's not going to rush it and says there have been no delays or setbacks, but it's not overly optimistic—it sounds like there might be a chance he's not available during training camp. Murray isn't running yet, but he's doing work in a pool. Murray is probably falling behind a bit, as he's entering a new offense on a new team. Jerick McKinnon and Dalvin Cook will get most of the reps while Murray is out. Murray will have a role for the season, but it might not be a workhorse-type role considering the missed time and the presence of McKinnon and Cook.
Latavius Murray is in a walking boot; still plans to be ready for training camp.
Murray underwent ankle surgery shortly after he was signed by the Vikings, and the plan has been for him to be ready for camp. They could ultimately decide to take it slow, but there is no doubt Murray will be ready some time during training camp. Murray should get a good amount of touches with the Vikings, but the main concern is the offensive line coming together.
Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery, the Vikings announced.
Team team says they were aware Murray needed the surgery before they signed him. They expect him to be ready for training camp. Murray missed his entire rookie season with an ankle injury (it's unclear if this is the same ankle), and ankle issues reportedly came up on physicals. He should be fine—perhaps he'll get even better after the procedure.
Mike Zimmer talks up new running back Latavius Murray.
Speaking on KFAN radio, Zimmer basically said he can do it all out of the backfield, including picking up blitzes and being a good target for quarterback Sam Bradford. Zimmer also said Murray has "big-play ability," and that it, along with his versatility, is why they like him. It sounds like the Vikings love Murray; it's looking like he could be a three-down back next season, which would make him among the most valuable running backs in fantasy.
Vikings find their new RB; sign Murray to replace Adrian Peterson.
Having just turned 27 with not a lot of tread on the tires, Latavius is a big get for the Vikings. He won't be playing behind a great offensive line like he did in Oakland, but Murray should have a more stable workload and will be over his toe injury from 2016. He's a great target as a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 as the clear starter and one of the best goal line backs in the league. Also an underrated receiver, Latavius is expected to be featured in the short passing game, with the Vikings tweeting a picture and quote of Murray's, "The more you can do, the more you find yourself on the field."
Latavius Murray is visiting the Vikings today, according to Adam Schefter.
Schefter previously reported that Murray would be visiting the Seahawks today, but Seattle just signed Eddie Lacy to a deal. The Vikings would be a nice fit for Murray, and it would perhaps be his best fit from a fantasy perspective, aside from the Raiders.
Latavius Murray to visit Jaguars on Monday; Seahawks on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter.
Both situations would be nightmares for Murray in terms of fantasy football. A lot of free agent running backs are still on the board, with Danny Woodhead being the only free agent running back to sign with another team so far. The running back dominoes might not fall for another week or so, especially with the deep running back draft class that teams may be looking ahead to. A return to the Raiders would probably be best for Murray.
Latavius Murray is visiting the Seahawks, according to Adam Schefter.
Murray and the Raiders seem like the best fit for each other, but Oakland allowed him to reach free agency and might lose him. Latavius would form a frustrating timeshare with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, so hopefully he doesn't end up signing with Seattle. We like the Raiders, Vikings, and Eagles as better fits.
The Raiders are going to let Latavius Murray test the free agent market, according to Josina Anderson.
This pretty much just verifies what has been expected. Murray will hit free agency, but the Raiders will still have interest in bringing him back. A team like the Eagles (Murray recently posted an Instagram with Carson Wentz) could throw more money at Murray than the Raiders are willing to. We'll see when free agency begins.
Latavius Murray apparently works out with Carson Wentz over the weekend.
Murray's caption was "im just here to help," and he's holding an umbrella as he stands next to the Eagles quarterback, who is holding a football. Connecting the dots, Philadelphia has a hole at running back, and Murray is a free agent. After scoring 12 rushing touchdowns in 2016, Latavius could be a perfect fit in Philadelphia next to Darren Sproles. Philly would then have one of the best goal line backs in the league, but Murray can do a lot more than that, including catch passes. It'll be interesting to see where this heads when free agency opens next month.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says he wants to re-sign Latavius Murray.
In an interview on a local radio station, McKenzie said, "I'm always in position to want to re-sign our own players" after explaining that Murray is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, saying "he's one of those kinds that don't come around too often when you talk about size." We think it would be smart to re-sign Latavius after he scored 12 rushing touchdowns despite missing games in 2016. If he's back with the Raiders, Murray should be a good target in fantasy drafts as an RB1/RB2.
Latavius Murray scores in Wild Card Round loss to Texans.
Murray had 12 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. The whole offense struggled to do much today, and the Raiders likely would have liked to get Murray more touches in the game. After 12 touchdowns in the regular season, Murray can be drafted as an RB1/RB2 in 2017 fantasy drafts in a good Raiders offense.
Latavius Murray sees just six touches in Raiders' loss.
Murray rushed five times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards. It is clear to see that Oakland's offense is much better when they feed Murray, but there are certain games where they choose not to for whatever reason. Latavius finishes the regular season with 195 carries for 788 yards (4.0 YPC) and 12 touchdowns, adding 33 receptions for 264 yards. The Raiders better give him the ball if they want to avoid a first round playoff exit.
Latavius Murray doesn't find much room against Indy.
Murray had 15 carries for only 40 yards and two catches for 11 yards. He should bounce back in Week 17 against the Broncos run defense. He had a huge game in their first matchup of the season. He'll be an RB1/RB2.
Latavius Murray continues to produce for the Raiders.
Murray had 13 carries for 81 yards and one catch for 11 yards in the Raiders win over the Chargers. He did also lose a fumble in the game. The Raiders offensive line did a great job of opening holes up for Murray against a tough Chargers run defense. Unfortunately, Murray couldn't convert his goal line carry, but will look to find the endzone next week against the Colts in the fantasy championship. He'll be a solid RB1.
Latavius Murray the only offense for Raiders in loss.
Murray rushed 22 times for 103 yards and a touchdown as Oakland could only score 13 points on a frigid night. Even with the Raiders missing their top offensive lineman in LG Kelechi Osemele, Latavius consistently gained positive yardage all night. Unfortunately, down eight late and with two downs to pick up one yard, Oakland chose to throw it twice and didn't convert. It was baffling play selection after Murray converted all night and continuously picked up yards after contact. Seeing more and more work in recent weeks, Murray looks like he could win some fantasy leagues with a soft schedule. He gets the Chargers next week.
Latavius Murray scores twice; now has 11 rushing touchdowns.
Murray rushed 20 times for 82 and two touchdowns, adding three catches for 23 yards. A tough matchup didn't matter for Latavius, as he is now second in the AFC in touchdowns despite missing two games and being injured in another. Murray will be a solid RB1 for the fantasy playoffs, starting this Thursday in Kansas City.
Latavius Murray rushed 19 times for 45 yards and caught three passes for 43 yards in Sunday's win over Carolina.
The Panthers were missing Luke Kuechly, but they still played solid run defense. Murray's touchdown was a four-yard run in the 2nd quarter where he displayed good quickness and power. The biggest play of the day was a 32-yard screen pass in the first half. Latavius has a tough matchup with the Bills in Week 13, but as arguably the best goal line back in the league on a great offense, he remains an RB2.
Latavius Murray totals 91 yards against the Texans in Week 11.
Murray had 12 carries for 33 yards and five catches for 59 yards. It was hard for the Raiders to find room to run on the ground against Texans' run defense that played extremely well. Murray's biggest play was a 39-yard catch-and-run on the Raiders' game winning drive. Murray surprisingly didn't receive a goal line carry during questionable play calling by the Raiders. The Raiders didn't score a touchdown on that drive, so they'll like go back to their 230 pound back the next time they're down there. He'll be a solid RB2 against the Panthers this week.