Latavius Murray didn’t exactly light up the NFL in his first year as the full-time starter for the Oakland Raiders, but he also wasn’t bad, not by a long shot. Murray finished up the 2015 season with 266 rushes for 1,066 yards (four yards per carry) and six touchdowns. He also caught 41 passes for 232 yards. Even after a solid season from the 26-year-old running back, many believed the Raiders would look to free agency or the draft to add some depth at the position.
Well, according to head coach Jack Del Rio, the Raiders don’t have a “glaring need” at the position, while he also sent some praise in the direction of Murray.
“It was good. If you get 1,000 yards it’s an accomplishment, even though it doesn’t mean quite what it did when you had 12 games (in a season),” Del Rio said last week at the NFL owners meetings. “It’s a milestone, and he was solid. He would tell you there’s more out there. He’s still just scratching the surface. There’s a lot more upside and opportunities to break a tackle or make a guy miss or hit the hole just right. Another year in the system will help him as well.”
“We would like to add somebody in the backfield at some point, but it’s not like it’s a glaring need,” Del Rio said. “We do have a good player there.”
That final part there is what really makes fantasy owners rest a bit easier. Obviously, if you have Murray in a dynasty league, you’re still intrigued to see what he can bring to the table in 2016. In re-draft leagues? Well, his draft stock will remain completely up in the air until we see what the Raiders do in the 2016 NFL Draft.
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