While we are only going into the third game of the season Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray has been somewhat absent from the field. But Murray isn’t letting that bother him too much.
Murray spoke with Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press about making the most out of his playing time. “I think I just need to try to get better. Every rep that I’ve taken so far hasn’t been perfect. I need to work on that. Each rep, (I need to) make sure that it’s perfect and I’m doing what I need to do when I am in there.”
Murray has had nine snaps so far which makes him third, Dalvin Cook has 88 and Jerick McKinnon has 33. On Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers Murray carried the ball three times for six yards total and wasn’t targeted for any throws. Total this season he has five rushes and 12 yards.
One potential role the Vikings could put him in is goal-line running back. When Murray was with the Oakland Raiders he had 12 touchdowns, on 16 carries, all within the five-yard line. That is something that Minnesota struggles with so putting him in that position might be the best case scenario for Murray and the Vikings long term.
Murray is signed till 2019 so he still has time to develop into a role whatever that role maybe. He said, “I still think I’m making my mark. I’ve had a few plays, and a few more in this last game. Those plays that I was in weren’t perfect. I still have to assess the plays I am in and make sure I’m getting better there. That way, my role in this offense will keep evolving.”