Why the Raiders Want to See More from Latavius Murray
The Oakland Raiders finally get their rookie running back Latavius Murray back in action after he delivered that amazing 112-yard rushing game a couple of weeks ago. Why do the Raiders want to see more? It’s because Murray has only had a small amount of carries with the Oakland Raiders all season.
Head coach Tony Sparano commented on Murray and had this to say.
I love the way Latavius runs the football, 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. Now he’s got everybody curious right now. If all goes according to script this weekend, he’ll get his turns. He’ll get his chance to run the football and hopefully we’ll see a little bit more of that.
Fantasy football owners of Murray who picked him off the waiver wire after his breakout performance against the Kansas City Chiefs must certainly agree. Murray was the first running back to score not only one rushing touchdown but two against the Chiefs defense this season. The Raiders also won their first game after 16 straight losses the week Murray went wild.
In the 14 carries the rookie has toted the ball, Murray has averaged 5.85 yards per carry which is over 2.5 more than Darren McFadden and way more than the Maurice Jones-Drew project in Oakland gone bad.
Murray should be ready to play and face the San Francisco 49ers after returning from a concussion barring no setbacks. And, where all logical minds would say put Murray in and let him start and finish, we are talking about the Raiders with Sparano telling SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Alex Marvez that Murray won’t be the “workhorse” runner.
So, it sounds unfortunately, that we’ll have to see MJD and McFadden inserted into the mix for 15-20 carries for like a total gain of 30, which is why the Raiders stand at 1-11.
— CSN Raiders News (@CSNRaiders) December 4, 2014