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Rotowire: Feb 12 / 4:36p ET
News: Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday that Murray is a candidate to lead the team's backfield, the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur reports.
Impact: Del Rio said Murray needs to work on his awareness and football IQ, but Oakland's new coach also praised the running back for his combination of size and speed. While the Raiders will likely bring in competition of some sort, Murray remains the clear favorite to open 2015 as the starter. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew were both unimpressive in 2014, and it's possible neither will be back with the team next season.
Rotowire: Jan 21 / 3:32p ET
News: Murray rushed for 424 yards and two touchdowns on 82 attempts, and caught 17 passes on 23 targets for 143 yards, in 15 games in 2014.
Impact: After sitting out his entire rookie season with an ankle injury, Murray was limited mostly to kick return duty to begin 2014, seeing just four carries in the Raiders' first six games. As the tandem of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew continued to struggle, and the Raiders continued to lose, eventually the decision was made to give Murray a look in the primary role. He made an impact right away, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries against the Chiefs in Week 12 before leaving the game with a concussion. Murray then exceeded 4.0 yards per carry in just one of his final four games, but he finished with four rushes of 20-plus yards and 18 rushes for first downs. By comparison, McFadden had just one rush of 20-plus yards and 20 first downs on 73 more attempts. Unless the Raiders add a premiere running back in the draft, Murray will likely open 2015 as the team's top option.