Ravens Sign Running Back Latavius Murray
The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran running back Latavius Murray on Friday. The Ravens have lost three running backs in a 12 day span beginning with J.K Dobbins ACL injury agasint the Washington Football Team in the Ravens final preseason game. Next was Justice Hill was lost for the season after tearing his achilles in practice last week. Then finally running back Gus Edwards went down in practice on Thursday, later confirmed that he too had torn his ACL and would be out for the year.
In response to the rash of injuries at the running back position the Ravens have been quick to add veteran replacements for Dobbins, Edwards, and Hill as they have signed Le’veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, and now Latavius Murray all this week.
Murray who was drafted by the Raiders in 2013 out of UCF and has had decent success in the NFL, with his best season coming in 2015 where he started in all 16 games, rushing for 1,066 yards and 10 touchdowns. Murray would earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015.
Since 2015 however, Murray has yet to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing again. His closest season coming in 2017, his first year with the Minnesota Vikings. Murray rushed for 842 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2017.
Murray has spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Saints, mostly backing up running back Alvin Kamara. Murray was released by the Saints on Tuesday after refusing to take a pay cut.
Murray will join Ty’Son Williams and Trenton Cannon on the active roster as tight end Nick Boyle was placed on the short term injured reserve Friday to make room for Murray on the 53-man roster. Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman remain on the practice squad and there status for the Ravens on Monday night is unknown.