An Update On DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray did not take a snap in the Eagles’ first exhibition game, but the running back and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur are confident that he will be ready when the team travels to Atlanta to face the Falcons in their season opener.
“He’s a veteran player, he’ll get himself ready to go within the structure we have for him,” Shurmur said. “We’re not as concerned about him as the other side of the question.
“Here’s the way I like to look at it: We had almost 2000 reps in the spring that he was involved in many of those. We’ve got a long line of running backs that need to get work and we’re just balancing it out.”
Murray told reporters today that if the season started tomorrow he would be a full-go, but for right now he is just trying to remain comfortable playing in Chip Kelly’s offense.
“I just want to get a good feeling,” he said. “I wouldn’t put a number on [the reps I need]. Obviously, you’re out here practicing, you’re out here working, but you definitely want to get a touch or two here or there in the preseason just to get a feel for it, get a couple hits in.
“I’ve played for four years and I’m very comfortable with the offense. I’m very comfortable with myself. I’m getting a lot of great work in so it all depends on what [the coaches] want to do. Like I said, they know what is best for the team.”
Murray did note that he is unsure if Kelly will let him play on Saturday night against the Ravens. Despite his desire to get back on the field, he understands that remaining healthy is what is best for the team.
But Murray did acknowledge that he is very excited to play in front of the Philadelphia fans as a member of the home team.
“This has been great, the past couple months I’ve been here,” Murray said. “[It’s] a great fan base, I’m very proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle and they show a lot of support so I’m excited about this upcoming season.”