Nov 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) scores on an 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Murray Another McFadden
Murray just happened to be in when the Raiders played against the worst run defenses but he’s just like Darren McFadden. When the big hole is there, he’ll hit it and go all the way if no one is there after that like he did against the Kanas City Chiefs. Against the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills, every time he ran through a hole, he was tackled by the first defender that showed up.
Murray is often brought down by arm tackles and doesn’t make guys miss or truck guys in the open field. According to Football Outsiders Murray is dead last in broken tackles per touch. And according to Pro Football Focus, Murray is second to last in missed tackles forced per touch.
Those stats match what I see and to be a star running back in the NFL, you can’t get tackled by one man. And to last at running back, you have to make guys miss or you’ll get beat up and miss time. So unless Murray suddenly becomes elusive or powerful this offseason, it is hard to see him become more than a home run hitter who won’t be able to fight for the extra 2-5 yards in the trenches once hit by a lineman or a linebacker.
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