RB Latavius Murray to get more touches?

With the Raiders running game continuing to be inept, second-year running back came into the game in the second half of Sunday’s game and rushed the ball four times for 43 yards.

His 43 yards includes a 14-yard rush and a 23-yard rush, the longest of any Raiders running backs this year.

WIth the Raiders averaging an atrocious 63.0 rushing yards per game (32nd in the league) and still winless on the year, it may be time to turn to Murray to evaluate and see what he brings to the team before the offseason.

Interim head coach Tony Sparano liked what he saw from his young running back against the San Diego Chargers.

“I think Latavius did a good job yesterday with the carries that he had. I think that he ran the ball well,” Sparano said after Monday’s practice. “I think Latavius did a good job. His number was called, he made some plays.”

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr also noticed the strong running of Murray, something that could certainly benefit the Silver & Black’s passing game that is struggling as of late.

“I thought that he did a good job,” Carr said. “After watching the film, he hit the hole hard. He ran physical, like he is, he’s a big guy. He’s a big type back. He showed a good burst through the line of scrimmage and that was really good to see. He did some good things.”

But it wasn’t just Murray’s running that caught the attention of Carr and his team.

“He did a good job on his check down, getting out quick,” Carr said. “His guy didn’t come, got out quick, so I had somewhere to go with the ball. Those are little things that, maybe some people don’t notice, but that’s important. Instead of it being a negative play, we were able to get it out and he was able to get at least something out of it.”

Coach Sparano took note and said that we should expect to see more of Murray with only six games remaining in the season.

“He played a little bit more yesterday and he’s going to continue to do that,” Sparano said. “I like what I’ve seen out of him so far. So in a roundabout way, I’m saying yeah, you’re going to see more of him.”

Despite seeing very little time on the playing field the first ten weeks of the season, Carr hasn’t seen a difference in Murray’s attitude.

“He’s never someone where you’ve got to worry about, ‘Oh is he going to be okay?’ He’s always the same guy every day, to me it seems,” Carr said of the 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back. “He comes to work, he’s very excited about what he’s doing. He knew once he got his shot he was going to go in there and run as hard as he could and that’s what he did and it was good to see. I was happy for him.”


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