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DeMarco Murray’s Start Should Come as No Surprise

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After running 392 and catching the ball 56 times during his last season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, DeMarco Murray was expected to fail as a Philadelphia Eagle in 2015. Running backs that have carried the ball at least 390 times typically average under 4 yards per carry, fail to play sixteen games, and rush with the ball and thus produce less during the following season. Murray accomplished that by averaging 3.6 yards per carry, rushing for 702 yards, and scoring six touchdowns in his lone fifteen-game season in Philadelphia.

However, as I had written for SportRants.com in September 2015, with the high-carriage season wearing backs down into the following season, barring career-diminishing injuries, they do not fully recover until two seasons later.

After carrying the ball for a record 416 times for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006, Larry Johnson just averaged 3.5 yards per carry and played in eight games in 2007. However, in 2008, Johnson was able to get his average up to 4.5 yards per carry, better than his average in 2006 (4.3), but only played twelve games.

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In 1998, Jamal Anderson rushed 410 times for the Atlanta Falcons and became so beat up in 1999 that he solely played two games and disappointingly averaged 3.1 yards per carry, 1.4 yards fewer than his 1998 average. Unlike Johnson, he played in sixteen games and gained 1000 yards rushing in 2000, but failed to get to 4.0 yards per carry for the rest of his career (3.55 from 2000 till 2001).

Right now, Murray is looking like he is on the path to recovery by averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Best of all, he is on pace for a 1000-yard season by averaging 65.5 rushing yards per game (1048), but will not be able to do that unless he plays a full season.

History shows that a full season for Murray is possible, except with injuries being synonymous with running backs, such an accomplishment must be viewed with cautious optimism. Injuries have already sidelined Danny Woodhead, Arian Foster, and Adrian Peterson, and, like them, Murray could be gone for as long as the rest of the season. Still, playing behind first-round offensive linemen like Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin and Quinton Spain, along with complementing rookie Derrick Henry in the Tennessee Titans backfield, could lessen his risk of injury and thus make his 1000-yard rushing season realistically happen.

Sometimes situations or circumstances can affect your season, and a lack of recovery surely played a hugely negative role in Murray’s 2015 season in Philadelphia. Had he been there in 2016, the chance of him turning around his career could have been possible, but, a match between you and someone else may not always be meant to be. As of today, Murray’s fit with the Titans proves to be working as his near-recovered body fits their system, and if it can prolong for sixteen games, he will be worth the investment that the Titans made in him.

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit

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New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, has struck a settlement with a man, Ophir Sternberg, that claimed that he nearly killed a toddle by throwing furniture off of a Miami apartment building balcony, according to TMZ.

In the lawsuit, Sternberg claims his 22-month-old son was walking around the pool at the high-end apartment complex back in April 2018 when suddenly “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”

Sternberg claimed that Brown tossed everything from vases, an ottoman, and other pieces of furniture from the balcony and they landed within feet of the toddler.

Brown had denied throwing the items, claiming that it was another person who had access to his apartment on that day.

Police responded to the scene and reported that Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived, noting that people have been trying to calm Brown down.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).

Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.

According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.

Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.

Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.

Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.

“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.

The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”

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Mike Tannenbaum Joins ESPN

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Following his run as Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins, and long-overdue dismissal following a disaster 2018 season, Mike Tannenbaum is joining ESPN, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

Tannenbaum will end up being ESPN’s replacement for Bill Polian, who retired from broadcasting to become a co-founder of the Alliance of American Football, which officially ended all operations last week.

Tannenbaum will make appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Live, and other ESPN productions in the build up to the NFL Draft and will also be a part of ESPN’s draft coverage during the 2019 NFL Draft.

At the end of the 2018 season, Tannenbaum was “reassigned” within the Dolphins organization, although no details were provided at the time and no information regarding his re-assignment have been made public since.

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