Latavius Murray still not running, but confident he’ll be good to go

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The Vikings signed free agent running back Latavius Murray in March even though he was recovering from ankle surgery stemming from an injury suffered last year with the Raiders. The Vikings still haven’t seen Murray run, but he’s not worried.

Murray says that even though he’s not back to being able to run yet, he’s staying in shape with pool work and believes he’ll be fine before the regular season starts.

“The goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point,” Murray said. “Right now, everything is pointing toward that. I’m just going to trust the process and not rush the process.”

Murray notably didn’t say he’ll be ready for the start of training camp, which might sound alarming, but he says there’s nothing to worry about.

“There’s been no delays, no setbacks, so I’m feeling really good right now,” he said.

With Adrian Peterson and Matt Asiata out, and Murray and rookie Dalvin Cook in, Minnesota’s running game will look a lot different this year. The Vikings are eager to get a good look at Murray, but it will be another couple months.

38 responses to “Latavius Murray still not running, but confident he’ll be good to go

  1. If that can get the run game going with Murray and Cook, they can get back to winning championships with the run game. Like they did with Adrian.

  2. How can I get in this club, I mean the Matt Kalil and Latavius Murray club-the money these guys make for not practicing/playing is incredible!

  3. Why do you need a running game if your QB completes 70% of his passes?

    Asking as a Lions fan, because we haven’t had the same problem for over a decade.

  4. Right now, Murray appears to be behind the eight-ball. With all hoopla over Cook, and McKinnon a solid #2, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Murray in town for a year, and then cut loose.

  5. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:44 PM
    Viking fans have assured me that running is overrated.
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    If you are not a politician, maybe you should be. You have a knack for making up false statements and stating them as facts. No Viking fan actually ever told you that, especially after last season.

  6. My guess is Murray will be the primary short yardage and third down back. Cook is going to dazzle people with his running and catching ability but probably isn’t ready to be trusted as a primary pass protector. McKinnon is solid and will probably replace some of what Patterson did last year with the screens and gadget plays. Murray may have been able to carve out a bigger role if he were healthy but he isn’t going to be able to hold off Cook from the sideline.

  7. twinfan24 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:16 PM
    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:44 PM
    Viking fans have assured me that running is overrated.
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    If you are not a politician, maybe you should be. You have a knack for making up false statements and stating them as facts. No Viking fan actually ever told you that, especially after last season.
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    Packer fans told us for years that the running game was irrelevant, because they couldn’t run. Then Eddie Lacy had a couple good years and all of a sudden the run game was very important. Now that they literally have no viable running backs on the roster, I think they’ll be back to the run game is meaningless.

  8. I’m just glad I don’t have to rest the fate of my team on one player bailing out the entire roster. That’s just a recipe for failure and humiliation year after year in the postseason.

    ‘Oh, but at least we made it the postseason just to be humiliated again!’

  9. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:57 PM

    The Vikings couldn’t win with a HOF at running back but Cook is going to put them over the top? Too funny.
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    If we’d had Coach Zimmer for Adrian’s first several years it COULD have made the difference. You’re comparing a Childress-led team to a Zimmer-led team. And no one said Cook is going to put us over the top. It’s this thing called a complete roster. Your team should try it.

    aypeeswhippingstick says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:23 PM

    Get ready for a season full of butt fumbles as Viking backs run right into the rear ends of their reconfigured offensive line.
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    Wrong forum dude. You’re looking for the Jets…and like 3 or 4 years ago. Time to dig up some new references dude. Like, ones that are at all relevant.

  10. It seems really unfair when you compare the rosters in the NFCN. The Bears have nothing. The Lions are mediocre throughout. The Packers have a QB and nothing else as always. And the Vikings are loaded throughout.

  11. Im glad we got rid of this guy. Ive rarely seen him break a tackle. Hes practically eager to go down upon 1st contact. Not much fight in him. Vikes fans will see.

  12. wiscoregon says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:24 PM

    If that can get the run game going with Murray and Cook, they can get back to winning championships with the run game. Like they did with Adrian.

    Can you clarify “championships”? Off season or division because surely you can’t be referring to World Championships.

  13. The Vikings running game will be so much better than it was with AD. Vikes were very predictable on offense, hand off to AD 2 times then pass. Looking forward to the new look.

    SKOL

  14. “Murray notably didn’t say he’ll be ready for the start of training camp”

    He’s a running back … a game or two is all he needs to be ready for the season.

    With all of the punishment that position takes, starting running backs are usually not given much work in the preseason anyway …. if his ankle responds, he’ll be fine.

  15. I’m just glad I don’t have to rest the fate of my team on one player bailing out the entire roster. That’s just a recipe for failure and humiliation year after year in the postseason.
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    So you are admitting that you think getting knocked out of contention in week 15 is better than making it to the NFCCG. We all knew that viking fans thought this way but it’s nice to see them admit it. You keep shooting for third place since that’s not embarrassing apparently.

  16. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:24 PM
    I’m just glad I don’t have to rest the fate of my team on one player bailing out the entire roster. That’s just a recipe for failure and humiliation year after year in the postseason.

    ‘Oh, but at least we made it the postseason just to be humiliated again!’
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    So the bar that is set for the Packers is a SuperBowl win, every year, or it’s a humiliating choke.

    But the Vikings, the team with the most postseason losses and the most postseason one-and-done appearances in the history of the game, blow it off as “bad luck.”

    Delusion, thy name is Viking fan.

  17. We (Pack fans) understand that you skoltrolls know the history of the barney’s is more deeply steeped in failure than success. So when you make your silly little insinuating, baseless attacks against the Packers an us, you truly reveal you’re suffering severely from an inferiority complex. Anyone with a small understanding of human behavior can see that. That’s why I can help myself from putting you dolts on the defensive. It to much fun laughing at you.

  18. tjacks7 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:58 PM

    Seriously, look at these rosters… Rick is playing chess and Ted is playing with his Mr. Potato Head.
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    That characterization of Ted Thompson is completely false. Obviously, if he had a Mr. Potato Head in his office, Coach McCarthy would have eaten it by now.

  19. do you have any idea how close you guys are year after year to being eliminated from the playoffs by December but Rodgers or the refs bail out your overrated team??

    I’d rather my team win as a team and not be embarrassed over and over again.

    Since 2010 you have barely made it to the postseason and have usually been eliminated in hilarious fashion

  20. 2012: Viking win the divsion/
    2013: Chris Cante after 8-7-1
    2014: Lions blew it
    2015: Vikings win the division/
    2016: Staffords finger, Vikings collapse

    And when you’ve got there you’ve need the refs to overturn catches, look the other way on blatant holding on hail marys, collapsed and embarrassed against the 49ers (twice), can’t hold onto anything in Seattle, beaten by the Giants in the division round after 15-1 (no team has ever choked that bad) and of course last years hilarious nfc championship game after the refs bailed you vs Cowboys.

  21. Minnesota….. lol.

    Summertime Champs.
    Fall inferiority complex.
    Winter doldrums.
    Spring superiority complex.

    If the vikings made the NFCCG as often as the Packers, and actually ever won anything in their 56 year history I am sure we would all hear about how this franchise is the greatest of all time, it was just one play, one call, one player, one bounce from producing the greatest team in NFL history. LOL

    Good God you people are insane. Your franchise sucks, has sucked and continues to suck the life out of your MN Nice (snide, backs stabbing) lives. The inferiority complex eats you alive.

    I for one cannot wait for it to continue for the rest of my existence.

  22. The Vikings have a habit of signing high price but injured FA’s who never quite return to form. Instead of trying a new tactic, the Vikings merely revert to the same strategy as last year (where they signed more than a few high priced FA’s on their offensive line) and hope it works this year.

    It might work and propel the Vikings from third place to second place in the division. Or, they could end up finishing behind the Bears this year which would be surprising because the Bears (like the Vikings) did little to improve their roster.

  23. Frazier28/7 says: Since 2010 you have barely made it to the playoffs-

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    Thank you! Your frenzied lunatic ranting clearly makes my point. I encourage you to keep it up.

  24. Nobody respects the Vikings, their fans or their state. That is primarily because they don’t deserve any respect.

    Yet, somehow, they still feel entitled.

  25. tjacks7 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:58 PM

    Seriously, look at these rosters… Rick is playing chess and Ted is playing with his Mr. Potato Head.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And yet, the Packers have utterly owned the Vikings during Ted’s entire tenure. Owned them. Even the year Rodgers (and Cobb) missed 8 games with an injury, the Pack won the division… and your lavender losers finished third… or was it dead last?

  26. atthemurph says:
    Jun 1, 2017 4:24 PM

    If the vikings made the NFCCG as often as the Packers
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    Actually, they have. Since the NFCCG was first played in 1970, the Vikings have made it eight times. The Packers have made it seven times.

    #accuracy

  27. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:42 PM
    Notice GB has zero talent at this position, ZERO!
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    I’ll take a healthy Ty Montgomery over a Latavius Murray that’s too injured to practice every day of the week.

    Remind me again how many more NFL touches Dalvin Cook has over the Packers’ rookies?

  28. You can have your 400 yards per season back in Ty Mountaswellgohome. just like the rest of the packem up team , all worthless.

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