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Jon Robinson: DeMarco Murray will be a workhorse for us

at MetLife Stadium on January 3, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Getty Images

Running back DeMarco Murray signed with the Eagles as a free agent around this time last year, but the season that followed didn’t lead to the kinds of smiles that popped up when it was first announced that he was leaving the Cowboys for their NFC East rival.

Murray’s production and playing time dropped significantly from his big 2014 season in Dallas, which led to conversations between Murray and owner Jeffrey Lurie about former coach Chip Kelly’s shortcomings. The Eagles clearly weren’t convinced that the problem was all with Kelly, however, as their optimistic words about a second season with Murray amounted to little but hot air with Wednesday’s trade sending Murray to the Titans. The Titans and Eagles will also swap fourth-round picks in the deal.

The Eagles didn’t use Murray as the workhorse back that he was in Dallas, but Titans General Manager Jon Robinson says that things will play out differently in Tennessee.

“DeMarco is a premium back in this league, and I have admired his running style from afar for a long time,” Robinson said in a statement formally announcing the trade. “We are expecting him to embody all that we want to be about as a team moving forward — tough, dependable and team-first. He will be a workhorse for us and his presence in our offense will help everyone around him.”

Murray seems to have his eyes on that kind of role in the offense. He said in a statement that he’s willing to do anything the Titans ask, “whether it is carrying the ball 20 times, 30 times, whatever.”

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16 Responses to “Jon Robinson: DeMarco Murray will be a workhorse for us”
  1. chawk12thman says: Mar 9, 2016 6:38 PM

    Fantasy value just went up…

  2. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 9, 2016 6:45 PM

    Ya got fleeced Jon. I know Chip sucked, but did you see how slow Murray was last year?

  3. truecowboyfan says: Mar 9, 2016 6:49 PM

    Hahaha… Until he gets injured. Had one awesome season, was his ONLY healthy season, and it just happened to be in a contract year!! He lays no more than 10 games this season. Screen shot this and post it on Facebook after next season. I know my players who have played for my team.

  4. gotitan says: Mar 9, 2016 6:49 PM

    Good for him. Good for our fans. Thanks, DeMarco. Welcome to Nashville and the Tennessee Titans!

  5. corkspop says: Mar 9, 2016 6:49 PM

    This was a steal. Murray showed what he can do when he’s the feature of the offense. He’s not done.

  6. birdbrainsnj says: Mar 9, 2016 6:50 PM

    Not only slow but so afraid of contact it was pathetic.

  7. brianyourwordsarehurtful says: Mar 9, 2016 7:09 PM

    As a workhorse RB, Murray will be injured early and often. Not worth the money.

  8. mcdall20 says: Mar 9, 2016 7:18 PM

    Good luck with the only RB I have ever seen lay down to avoid contact! He should get plenty of endorsement $’s from Charmin and Mr. Softee

  9. TheWizard says: Mar 9, 2016 7:20 PM

    When the chips are down, you can count on Demarco….

    to blame the scheme.

    Good luck.

  10. finsguy says: Mar 9, 2016 7:21 PM

    I think Murray has shown that if he has the best offensive line in the league and rarely gets hit in the first 5 yards he is very capable of averaging over 4 yds per carry.

  11. bobleblah says: Mar 9, 2016 7:29 PM

    Work horse? Maybe you could get him to count by stomping his hoof.

  12. Anonymous Banker says: Mar 9, 2016 7:45 PM

    Murray was embarrassing last year. He shied from contact, never broke arm tackles, whined b/c Mathews and Sproles outproduced him (proving that it wasn’t our OL’s fault).

  13. randy8123 says: Mar 9, 2016 9:00 PM

    Dear fellow fantasy junkies – heed the memory of Doug Marrone, he of the following proclamation regarding CJ Spiller:

    “It’s real simple: We’re going to give him the ball until he throws up.”

    CJ had a whopping 231 combined touches that season in 15 games.

  14. snakeplizkn says: Mar 9, 2016 9:41 PM

    If by workhorse you mean a broken down animal that is of little value for important tasks…he is a beast of a workhorse!

  15. tostitochip says: Mar 9, 2016 9:57 PM

    Murray was never that good to begin with…Dallas over used him behind the #1 OLine in the league….he was afraid to get tackled in games and the fact he said “he took a year off” really means he was benched for Ryan Mathews. dont get too excited, Titan fans

  16. levanderwilliams says: Mar 10, 2016 4:07 AM

    Behind that horrible O line, he will be hurt by week 6.

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