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Author: Jon Kuzma
Former Oakland Raiders Running Back Latavius Murray signed with the Minnesota Vikings and will do everything he can to give a boost to the Vikings’ offense. Murray is entering his 4th pro season and has recorded 2,278 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns over the course of his career. Murray scored 12 of those 20 touchdowns last season but he failed to crack the 1,000 yards rushing mark. Regardless though that touchdown production will certainly be an upgrade for Minnesota and this was a good signing. Minnesota fell apart down the stretch last year and it was because they weren’t getting enough output from their offense. Murray can come in and help minimize that poor offensive play and really that’s why Minnesota went all in on Murray. Murray should make life easier for Sam Bradford and expect a much more balanced offense for the purple team in 2017. Mike Zimmer wants to play fundamental football, meaning he wants to play solid defense and run the ball. Murray fits perfectly into that philosophy and at 6’3 230 pounds Latavius Murray will bring a little physicality for the Vikings. Minnesota didn’t make too much of a splash in free agency so they are hoping the few acquisitions they did make will yield big returns. Therefore you can expect Murray to get over 200 carries next season and that could be great for the former Raider’s stats next year. Murray could blossom into a fantasy football superstar so keep an eye on him when it comes time to draft your team. Especially if you can draft him later on and get some real value out of a later pick. When it’s all said and done though the Vikings have regressed from 2 years ago till now. They made the playoffs in 2015, only to come up short to the Seattle Seahawks. This past season the Vikings didn’t make the playoffs and if that happens again in 2017 expect some changes to happen on the coaching staff and in the front office. So Latavius Murray could save a lot of jobs if he can lead the Vikings back to winning football.
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