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March 10, 2016

DeMarco Murray: ‘I feel like I took last year off’

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New Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray clearly didn’t want to be in Philadelphia after his production dipped significantly in 2015 under Chip Kelly. After all, he restructured his deal to be traded to worst team in the NFL last season.

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And in a first interview with Titans Online’s Jim Wyatt, Murray had a sense of humor about his poor season:

“I feel like I took a year off last year, so I am fresh,’’ Murray, with a smile, said on Wednesday.

It will be interesting to see if Murray has anything left in the tank or last season was the first year of a decline that backs who shoulder major workload often have in their late 20s. From the interview with Wyatt, Murray hopes to be utilized like Michael Turner by Titans head coach Mike Mularkey, the former offensive coordinator in Atlanta.

In Marcus Mariota’s rookie year, the Titans were lined up in shotgun 57 percent of the time. It sounds like Murray will be more intellectually stimulated by a balanced playbook than he was with the Eagles' shotgun-heavy offense (emphasis mine):

“I’m 100 percent (motivated). The NFL is a place where you have to make the best of your opportunities, and every day is a challenge, every day is a competition. I look forward to competing every day and getting back on track and running the ball the way I know I can, and running plays I am intrigued by.”

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