The former Florida Gator was cut at the start of the season. Many, including myself, still do not and probably never will understand why he was released even though he suffered a back injury at the end of preseason. Outside of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, Murphy was clearly the most serviceable of the group.
However, the team did re-sign him last week heading into the their Week 4 matchup against Pittsburgh. At that moment you had to think something good would happen after the chemisrty he and Glennon had throughout August. Well that chemistry was put on display during the Bucs’ game winning drive when Murphy hauled in a pass from the Tampa Bay’s second-year quarterback on second down and took it down to the Steelers’ five-yard line.
Murphy’s role will increase now with the injury to rookie Mike Evans, as he is thrusted into the starting lineup.
“It’s a big opportunity and I’m going to take full advantage of it,” Murphy said. “That’s part of football: if one guy goes down, the next guy has got to step up. That’s been happening across the board for the entire team – guys have been having to step up and step into roles that they’re not used to. But I’m ready for this, [I’m] prepared for it and I’m ready.”
He better be.
Murphy and the other Tampa Bay receivers should find themselves separating themselves from Saints cornerbacks this coming Sunday. New Orleans has given up 272.5 passing yards per game through four weeks (28th in the league).
The veteran receiver had a drop in the end zone during Sunday’s win but as he stated, he has a big opportunity. The question is which Louis Murphy will we see.