The Vikings may be moving on from Adrian Peterson and took the first step by signing Latavius Murray early Thursday morning
Free agent running back Latavius Murray has found a new home, signing with the Minnesota Vikings early Thursday morning.
Murray spent the first four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who made him a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He missed his entire rookie year with an injury, but came back in 2014 to and excelled in limited action. Murray recorded 424 rushing yards on just 82 carries, supplanting Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew as the new lead back down the stretch.
In 2015, Murray got his chance as the starter and did fairly well, rushing for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns. Despite having good stats overall, he averaged just 4.0 yards per carry and the Raiders didn’t fully trust him to handle a full workload. In 2016, they drafted DeAndre Washington and signed undrafted rookie Jalen Richard, giving Murray some competition in the backfield.
Murray battled injuries last year and ultimately ended up being a part-time player, seeing just 195 carries compared to 266 in 2015. He ended up with 788 rushing yards and proved to be a valuable asset in short-yardage situations, punching in 12 touchdowns.
Murray might not be a true three-down back, but at 6’3, 230 pounds, he’s a proven talent as a power back who can grind out tough yards. And that’s exactly the type of running back that the Vikings need if the team intends to move on from Adrian Peterson.