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Vikings RB Latavius Murray: ‘I will be better’

Through five games, running back Latavius Murray is not having the start he envisioned when signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

The 2015 Pro Bowler has gained just 69 yards on 26 carries and caught four passes for 20 yards. Since Dalvin Cook suffered a season-ending ACL tear, Murray has been given 19 carries for just 52 yards, with only one run of more than five yards.

Despite getting the start against the Chicago Bears, Jerick McKinnon saw the majority of touches with 16 runs and six catches.

“I think when you go into the game our intention was to use both of them and then he [Jerick McKinnon] had the hot hand and we just kind of stuck with him,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.

Murray said he was not satisfied with his performance.

“I think for the most part I ran well, but I think there were times where I was second guessing myself a little bit, didn’t have my feet under me,” Murray said. “Other than that, I felt I ran the ball well, but still there is a lot more I can improve on. I can be a lot better and I will be a lot better.”

History would back up his claim. Murray, whose start in Minnesota was delayed by offseason ankle surgery, has averaged 4.1 yards per carry in 569 carries. He also played a valuable role in the passing game last season with the Raiders, averaging 8.0 yards per reception on 33 catches.

The 27-year-old running back was asked where he felt he was second guessing.

“Hitting what I see, maybe my first read, first reaction,” Murray said. “It’s going to start with me, what I do with my carries. I know I’ll be better. I have confidence that if I’m playing better I’ll have more opportunities.”

The Green Bay Packers might offer some opportunity for Murray to break out as they rank 20th in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt allowed.

  • Mark L

    Hey he could have worn 28 and we really wouldn’t have known the difference from last year

    Thanks speilman

    • Andre Esters

      Ouch…

  • Tokey Frankenhemp

    I really think the Vikings were holding something back for this game. We shall see. Go Vikes!

    • Nike15

      Yea diggs

  • Andre Esters

    Of course Minnesota would’ve went elsewhere in free agency if they knew a player like D.Cook was joining the squad… everything in retrospect with Murray looks rough right now; the surgery, recovery, training camp, on the field, McKinnon… hell, even CJ Ham is working his way into the rotation!

    It’s not high hopes, but it would be doubly awesome if Murray can come to life in a big way for the home crowd against Green Bay.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Murray is a proven RB ~ Is he 100% yet ~ I have no clue but I can say he hasn’t played like the old Murray ~

    McKinnon ~ Has always been a talented RB ~ Like Diggs healthy has always been a issue and that is why he said he put on 11lbs of muscle this past offseason ~ Hopefully that will help him hold up ~ The good thing about the RB’s this year as they are all better receivers than AP ever was and they are all light years ahead of him in pass blocking ~ Not saying they are perfect pass blocker ~ But they have shown they know the right guy to pick up and they do get in their guys way ~

    Bottom line though is they all have too all set up ~ As does the OL ~





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