DeMarco Murray’s in a better place. And that’s not just geography talking.
The Titans running back said he feels better from a physical standpoint, but that’s just one of the benefits of being traded from Philadelphia to Tennessee.
“I feel great,” Murray said, via Jason Wolf of the Tennesseean. “My body feels great. Mentally, emotionally I feel great and the team looks well.”
There was no reason he shouldn’t have felt that way a year ago. After leading the league in rushing in 2014, he signed a five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles. But whether he was used up after such a heavy workload in Dallas or not the best fit for Chip Kelly’s offense, it didn’t work out, and the Eagles were as eager to move him on as they were Kelly.
And it sounds like the difference between Kelly and Titans coach Mike Mularkey is also a big part of the reason he’s in a good spot.
“I just think just the work ethic and coaches just doing what they do,” he said, “as far as practice schedule and meetings and things of that nature, just making sure we’re comfortable, making sure we’re all working hard throughout the course of the day.”
He’s clearly happier, and has a chance to be part of a unique backfield. They drafted Alabama’s Derrick Henry in the second round, and Mularkey intends to use both of them extensively. So far this preseason, both have looked good, with Murray gaining 113 yards on 11 carries, and Henry adding 105 yards on 15 carries.
That’s the kind of production that will keep the coaches giving the ball to them, and that apparently makes Murray very happy.