DeMarco Murray is a perfect fit for the Tennessee Titans
By Will Lomas
The Tennessee Titans have pulled off a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to land running back DeMarco Murray.
Now, there is a fair amount of optimism about the move across the national media landscape, but there is also some negativity. Let’s look at that first.
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He didn’t look good last year.
Yea, well no running back follows up a great season with another great season anymore to be honest. Look at the hottest name on the running back market Doug Martin. After his great 1,400+ first season, he combined for just 800 yards in his next 17 games and dealt with injuries.
However, he followed that up with a strong 2015 and everyone has magically forgotten about that.
Lamar Miller is another name that people keep bringing up as the next Adrian Peterson, but why? I like him, but his best season was in 2014 where he only ended up with just over 1,000 yards. It isn’t like he has any sort of proven track record either.
But he is old.
Is he? I mean he is only 28 years old and he is only in his 6th season. Three of the top five running backs in the NFL last year have been in the league longer than Murray and that is with Marshawn Lynch getting hurt or else it would likely be four of the top five.
Murray is still relatively young and thanks to poor talent management, he really had last year off only running the ball 193 times sharing carries with two other running backs.
Now the good.
This is a perfect fit for the Tennessee Titans. They needed a rhythm runner who thrives off of getting the bulk of the carries and who works best with a quarterback who can take the pressure off of him with his arms (and legs).
The Titans goal was to “protect Marcus Mariota” this season and Murray will absolutely do that with his production and with his three catch per game average.
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However, given his success with that line in Dallas, I believe that this will incentivize them even more to be aggressive in rebuilding the offensive line with tough, mean, aggressive blockers who are going to open up lanes and protect Mariota.
This is a great move for the Titans in my mind if it is for a late round pick and if he will play on a reduced contract. This fills a huge need for them and it allows them to get playmakers on both sides of the ball in the draft and look at running back down the road.