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28 Latavius Murray RB
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 1/18/1990 | Birthplace: Titusville, FL, USA | Team: Oakland | College: Central Florida | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 81/36 | Average Draft Position: 165.00
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Del Rio: Raiders Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio expects Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete for the starting running back spot on the team, per ESPN.

"I think it will be a competitive situation," Del Rio said.

Del Rio also spoke about the fact that he is encouraged by Richardson's potential.

"What I saw when we brought him in and talked to him was a young man that was hungry to kind of leave that portion of his career behind him and start fresh," Del Rio said. "My challenge to him was, 'Look, I don't want you to worry about anything other than coming in here and competing your butt off every day. Come in here and be a great teammate. Come in here and find a role on special teams. Come in here and just grind every day with the hunger you had as a freshman at Alabama.'"


Jack Del Rio wants Raiders to offer stronger rushing attack


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) In Raiders coach Jack Del Rio's mind, quarterback Derek Carr was asked to do too much in his rookie season. 

Carr threw the ball 599 times and completed 348 of those passes for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Now that Del Rio is at the helm, he's looking to run the ball a lot more to balance things out. 

"I thought it was all about Derek last year," Del Rio said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. "I want to be able to run the ball, play good defense."

The Raiders are likely to rely on Latavius Murray to be the feature back now that Maurice Jones-Drew has retired and Darren McFadden has left for Dallas. Del Rio believes that a balanced attack should open the game up more for Carr in his second season. 

"If we do things around him, he really has a chance to flourish," Del Rio said. "He is really accurate. He has a huge upside."


Raiders aim to be 'physical outfit that runs the ball'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/12/2015) The Raiders' hiring of Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator is good news for running back Latavius Murray, who should get the chance to the primary ballcarrier, reports ESPN.com. Murray averaged 5.2 yards on 82 carries last season and could become a workhorse under Musgrave, who was Adrian Peterson's OC when Peterson rushed for nearly 2,100 yards in 2012.

"I'm definitely not going to come in with a system and force anybody to do something that's not natural. We're definitely going to try to customize and tailor the Raiders' system to fit the Raider players,” Musgrave said, per the website. “Philosophically, I do believe in running the football. I definitely want to be a physical outfit that runs the ball and imposes their will on the defense.” 

Coach Jack Del Rio isn't guaranteeing Murray the starting job, but he's clearly the best tailback on the roster currently.


Raiders not expected to re-sign RB Darren McFadden


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/28/2015) With expectations sky-high for Latavius Murray in 2015, the Raiders aren't expected to re-sign impending free agent running back Darren McFadden, reports CSNBayArea.com. McFadden, 27, averaged 3.4 yards per carry this season and has not had a good year since 2011.

Oakland also is expected to part ways with 29-year-oold running back Maurice Jones-Drew, saving the team $2.5 million.

Murray, 25, averaged 5.2 yards on his 82 carries and will enter next season as the starter.


Raiders new OC Musgrave impressed by Latavius Murray


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) New Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave told reporters during a conference call Tuesday he likes what he's seen from running back Latavius Murray.

"I have a very positive impression," Musgrave said. "He has tremendous size and speed. He had a super career (at Central Florida). I’m looking forward to getting on the field and finding out what he’s all about and what his strengths are so we can tailor our run game so it’s right up his alley."

Murray totaled 82 carries for 424 yards with two touchdowns in 2014, despite only seeing significant work in the last five weeks of the season.


Raiders' Latavius Murray gets it done through the air Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray found a way to make an impact despite a poor day on the ground.

Murray carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards. His longest run of the day went for just eight yards. While he wasn't much of a threat on the ground, Murray did have a nice game in the air. He led the club with four catches for 60 yards. He caught all four of his targets.

Murray got some run as the team's primary ball-carrier near the end of the season. Aside from a ridiculous game Week 12, where he gained 112 yards on just four carries, he failed to really establish himself as a future starter. Murray finished the year with 424 rushing yards on 82 attempts. 


Raiders' Sparano: Latavius Murray can handle being a No. 1 guy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) During an interview with Sirius XM radio, Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano indicated that Latavius Murray could be the running back of the future, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. 

"Early in the season, it took us a while to figure that part of it out," Sparano said. "He's a guy that was hurt all year last year. Latavius has really come into his own, and I think he can handle the workload of being a No. 1 guy."

Murray has appeared in 14 games this season, rushing for 387 yards and two touchdowns on 72 attempts. He has rushed for 333 yards over the past four weeks and will look to end the season on a high note Sunday against Denver.

Oakland is 14-point underdog at Denver.


Latavius Murray trustworthy up to a point


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2014) If his 23 carries Week 14 against San Francisco didn't convince you, Latavius Murray's 23 carries Week 16 against Buffalo should make the message loud and clear: He is the Raiders' top running back, and they're putting more faith in him than they ever did Darren McFadden.

Granted, it hasn't translated to much production yet, but the 49ers and Bills are two of the toughest defenses against the run. Unfortunately, Denver, the Raiders' Week 17 opponent, is ranked even higher at both.

Can you trust Murray to get his carries? He's gotten them two of the last three weeks, so most likely, yes. And with 20-plus chances, there's always the chance he breaks a long one. But the matchup will make it difficult.

You'd like to start him given his ever-increasing role, but you shouldn't force him into your lineup if you have two (or maybe three) respectable running backs already.


Raiders RB Latavius Murray racks up 108 yards vs. Bills


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray rushed for 86 yards on 23 carries and added three receptions for 22 yards in his team's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.

Murray and the Raiders running game started to take off once Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus exited the game with a knee injury and did not return. The yardage was his best since breaking out for 112 yards on four carries against the Chiefs in a Thursday night win. Murray has managed 470 yards on 85 touches going into a Week 17 matchup with the Broncos in Denver.


Raiders happy with Latavius Murray as primary ballcarrier


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/15/2014) Asked Monday about Latavius Murray's status as the Raiders' primary ballcarrier, coach Tony Sparano said, "I've had no thought of changing that," reports CSNCalifornia.com.

Murray ran 12 times for 59 yards in the loss to the Chiefs after carrying 23 times for 76 yards Week 14 against San Francisco. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for four carries Sunday.

Oakland hosts the Bills in Week 16.


Latavius Murray does what he can


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/2014) Getting another start for the Raiders, running back Latavius Murray didn't exactly light up the scoreboard like in his previous meeting with the Chiefs, when he had 112 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, but he performed adequately enough Week 15 at Kansas City, gaining 59 yards on 12 carries and 17 on two catches.

The problem is he had just 12 carries -- and only a week after having 23. It wasn't because the Raiders turned to someone else. They just stopped running the ball, having only seven carries as a team in the second half.

The Raiders trailed by only a touchdown at the half, but the Chiefs pulled away soon thereafter, putting the ball in the hands of rookie quarterback Derek Carr keeping it away from the Raiders' new weapon.

That's going to happen sometimes with the running back of a 2-12 team, so even though Murray has been a nice find to end the season, you'll need to pick your spots with him. Week 16 against Buffalo could be a more competitive game, but the Bills are so tough against the run that you may still want to pass on Murray.


Raiders' Latavius Murray fails to impress Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray failed to get anything going on the ground during a 31-13 loss to the Chiefs Sunday.

Murray was held to 59 rushing yards on 12 attempts. He was targeted six times in the passing game, but only hauled in two receptions for 16 yards.

The Raiders next play Sunday against Buffalo.


Latavius Murray worth a pickup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2014) The Raiders may have found a keeper in running back Latavius Murray, who got 23 carries to everyone else's eight Week 14 against San Francisco.

Of course, he gained fewer yards on those 23 carries than he did on four carries in Week 12, when he left with a concussion after two impressive touchdown runs, but against a 49ers defense that ranks seventh against the run, that's understandable. He's looking like a must-add at this stage of the season.

For more major takeaways from Week 14, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Raiders' Latavius Murray gets the bulk of the work Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray received the bulk of the carries Week 14 against the 49ers.

Murray got a lot of work, picking up 76 yards on 23 carries. The run game wasn't all that effective for Oakland during the contest, but quarterback Derek Carr made up for that. It was initially unclear how much work Murray would get coming off a concussion, but he looked like the workhorse back during the game. He didn't turn in a strong performance, but the team win might lead to him getting more run Week 15. Murray wasn't a big threat in the receiving game, but did manage two catches for 9 yards. 

He'll take on the Chiefs Week 15. 


Latavius Murray gets the nod for Raiders


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray is active Week 14 against the 49ers.

Murray missed Week 13 after suffering a concussion. He passed every test, and is ready to return. 

The team will also have Sio Moore and Tarell Brown for the contest. Both players came into the contest listed as questionable. Moore has a hip injury. Brown is dealing with a foot issue. 


Latavius Murray only Raiders player probable for Week 14


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who was recently cleared from a concussion, was the only Oakland player deemed probable on the final injury report for Sunday's game against San Francisco.

Cornerback Tarell Brown (foot), linebacker Sio Moore (hip) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hand) were all deemed questionable. Meanwhile, safety Jonathan Dowling (back), tight end Brian Leonhardt (concussion) and tackle Menelik Watson (foot, ankle) were ruled out.


Raiders coach Sparano 'curious' to see more of RB Latavius Murray


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who was recently cleared from a concussion, could see a heavier workload in his first game back against the 49ers in Week 14. Coach Tony Sparano told reporters he's "curious" to see more of Murray on Sunday, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Murray suffered a concussion Week 12 against Kansas City. Before the injury, Murray totaled 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on four carries.

"I love the way Latavius runs the football," Sparano said. "I like what I've seen, but I've seen [14] carries. I want to see more of them. I'm curious, too. I'm curious just like the fans are curious."


Raiders' Latavius Murray able to practice in full on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray was able to practice in full on Thursday.

Murray was cleared to return from a concussion, and was finally able to put in a full day of practice. He's expected to play a big role in the team's rushing attack moving forward, though he may be stuck in a rotation for the time being. Murray was on his toward a huge game against the Chiefs before he got injured. 


Sparano not ready to declare Raiders RB his starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Tony Sparano is unprepared to declare impressive Raiders running back Latavius Murray as his featured guy. And that has some fans upset.

Murray rushed for 155 yards in his last eight carries before missing the Week 13 game with a concussion. That's as many yards as starter Darren McFadden has in his last 62 attempts, but Sparano remains skeptical.

"He has eight carries," Sparano pointed out to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I love the way Latavius runs the football. I like what I've seen. I've seen eight carries. I want to see more of him. I'm curious, too. I'm curious just like the fans are curious."

Sparano has stated that he would like to see Murray get 15-18 carries in a game to see how he responds. Oakland hosts San Francisco on Sunday, but Murray will certainly not be used exclusively in the backfield.

"For now, he's going to be a guy you continue to rotate," Sparano said.


Raiders' Latavius Murray won't be used as a workhorse yet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray won't be used as a workhorse back just yet, according to FoxSports.

Head coach Tony Sparano pointed out that Murray has only received eight carries this season, and didn't play last year. While Murray did receive a fair amount of work in college, Sparano pointed out that it's been a while since he's taken on a big load. Sparano went on to explain that he views Murray as a player that needs to be in a rotation right now. 


Raiders RB Latavius Murray practicing Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/3/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who missed the Week 13 loss at St. Louis with a concussion, cleared the league's protocol and practiced Wednesday, reports 95.7 The Game. Murray appears on track to play Sunday against the 49ers.

Raiders announce Week 13 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/30/2014) The Raiders declared running back Latavius Murray (concussion), quarterback Matt McGloin, wideout Denarius Moore, cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hand), safety Jonathan Dowling (back), guard Tony Bergstrom and defensive tackle Stacy McGee inactive for the game at St. Louis.

Quartet of Raiders get red light for battle with Rams


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Four Raiders have been ruled out for their Sunday game in St. Louis, including running back Latavius Murray (concussion). The others are safety Jonathan Dowling (back) and cornerbacks Carlos Rogers (knee) and Neiko Thorpe (hand).

Listed as questionable is guard Gabe Jackson (knee) while safety Larry Asante (shoulder), cornerback T.J. Carrie (ankle) and tight end Brian Leonhardt (concussion) are probable.


Report: Raiders RB Murray likely to be red-lighted Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray is all but set to sit Sunday against St. Louis with a concussion, sources have told 957 The Game Bay Area.

The team had been optimistic in regard to his return from a concussion, but he has yet to be cleared.


Raiders RB Latavius Murray has 'one step to go'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/27/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who suffered a concussion Week 12, was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday. He must get cleared by an independent neurologist to play Sunday at St. Louis.

"He still has one step to go," coach Tony Sparano told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're not there yet."