Murray’s level of production was trending upward before a setback against the Dolphins. Averaging 85 yards and 4.5 yards per carry over his last four games, those numbers dipped (61 yards, 2.8 avg.) versus Miami due in part to the effectiveness of Ndamukong Suh and company against the Eagles’ offensive front.
It could be tough sledding once again, as Tampa — led by standout defensive tackle Gerald McCoy — boasts the third-best run defense in the league in yards per attempt (3.6). That’s not great news for an Eagles running attack that will be without Ryan Mathews, who is sidelined with a concussion. Read more »
“You can definitely understand his voice when he’s back there; it’s a lot deeper than the younger guys,” joked Cedric Thornton when asked about DeMeco Ryans returning to the mix. “That’s funny you asked, though: today he was back in practice, he called a play and I looked back and I was like, ‘OK, I got you.’ You can definitely appreciate his presence and what he brings to the team, how he gets us lined up and the impact that he has on Sundays…It’s just really good to have him out there.”
The importance of Ryans to this defense gets underplayed due in part to the depth at the position and the fact that he hasn’t looked quite himself since returning from a second Achilles tear. But there’s no denying that the defense has a different feel to it when he’s roaming the middle. Read more »
Murray was asked if he was injured the last time he faced Dallas. “I played the game,” he responded. Was anything bothering you? “I was out there playing the game.”
That little bit of non-denial denial did nothing to squashPat Shurmur‘s assertion that Murray was not at full health in the early stages of the season. The defending rushing champ managed just two yards on 13 attempts against his former team in Week 2, and ended up sitting the next game out with a hamstring strain.
Since then, Murray has rushed 67 times for 296 yards (4.4 average) compared to 21 carries for 11 yards (0.52 avg.) over the first two games. Better offensive line play seems largely responsible for that bump, but perhaps improved health is also a factor. Read more »