Perhaps motivated by the fact that DeMarco Murray smashed the Dallas Cowboys’ franchise records for carries and total touches in a season last year, with 392, and that there’s evidence to suggest that after such busy years running backs usually fall off to some degree, the Philadelphia Eagles are keeping Murray’s workload fairly light in training camp this year.
Murray himself is just fine with the arrangement, by which his involvement in practice is seemingly determined on a day-to-day basis.
"I think there's a difference between getting the reps you need and getting too many reps," Murray said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "There are some situations where you know we feel that it's a scheme that I'm in there and there are certain situations where I'm comfortable in some things."
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Murray, who signed a five-year, $42 million deal with the Eagles in March, was somewhat notably held out of the Eagles’ first practice of camp. That seemed pretty strange at the time, but now it seems right in step with the team’s plans for the former Cowboy.
"I think [Chip Kelly] watches enough film and he sees me out here to know what I'm working on," Murray said. "And there's some things I need to work on constantly and some things I'm obviously more comfortable at doing. I think the whole coaching staff has a good grasp of how to use certain players and know what to throw at them."