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Raiders fans are quite familiar with how important the backup running back position can be in the NFL, and especially so when so much of your offense is built around a star at the position.
In Darren McFadden, the Raiders undoubtedly have one of the NFL’s best running backs when healthy, but finding a complementary back for him is imperative. In Latavius Murray, the Raiders may have that very player.
Head coach Dennis Allen was very pleased with Murray’s performance in practice:
“He runs nice routes, he’s extremely intelligent, so he’s picked up the offense really well, and he’s got really soft hands so he does a nice job not only catching the ball,” Allen said. “But when you look at it, he’s done a nice job of picking up in pass protection.” (via Contra Costa Times)
This season, Latavius Murray has a great opportunity to seize the primary backup role behind McFadden.
What’s more, the situation may present itself heading into the following season. Should the Raiders allow Darren McFadden to hit the free-agent market when his contract expires, this season’s performance will dictate whether or not they are comfortable moving forward with Murray as their primary back.
Of course, that situation is a ways down the road, but Latavius Murray continues to show the physical ability to be a very capable three-down back in the NFL.