Is Latavius Murray the Best Saints News for Pre-Season Game 1? (1 Viewer)

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So many Who Dats have been concerned about the loss of Ingram - very understandably.

We knew Murray was a solid runner up the middle and fast for a big man. We also knew he was reported as a very good blocker. But we saw how teams shut down AD Peterson when we used him as our primary back. And many Who Dats were worried about his ability to catch out of the backfield.

He ran 3 for 14 - almost 5 ypc = quite good. But what surprised me was 3 for 22 on receiving with one going for 17 yards.

After this 1st preseason game, do you all think there will be little to no drop-off from Ingram and do you all think that he will be used actively as a receiver? Or is there still too much unknown?

That's a huge hunk of fast muscular 230 plus pound RB. Get that monster on DBs and many LBs and there could be some huge gains. What do you think of Murray after last night? Thx
 

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really want to see more from Ozigbo. He had a really nice catch and run on that low throw

was disappointed at his lack of snaps
 

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Harris showed some juice. Like in the return game he could be what TLL wasn't.

I agree that Ozigbo looked good to me. I like him as the 4th back so far. Not sure if he has protection issues or not. I do not think Rodgers will make this team.
 

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I think what excites me the most is Murray’s potential as a short yardage back. If he can consistently convert these short yardage dive plays, we won’t need t resort to those cute 3rd/4rd and short plays as often especially when it’s a critical point in the game or when the game is on the line. It seems like the guy can get you 3 yards by falling forward.
 

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So far, my eyes tell me Murray can carry the load to help keep Kamara on a sensible pitch count.

Rogers looks quick and powerful, with a nasty cut. He does look a little awkward right now, but that will surely go away.

My eyes tell me Ozigbo is also a very good RB in the making. He has the same skill set as Murray, but is more the ideal RB prototype at a still tall-ish 5'11". Oz is more elusive, breaks tackles with his strength, and has soft hands. I think he can be special, and our running game can also be special this year. Watch him explode when he plays with the 1s!
 
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I was just looking up some stats, and I now feel even better. Let’s be real. Ingram put up some great stats. 4.7 ypc average in his career is impressive. Murray’s stats aren’t bad, but also not as good.

Last year, Ingram and Murray’s stats were very similar, other than Ingram managed 0.6 more ypc. It’s a noticeable difference, but when looking at the offensive line rankings, the Saints were near the top, while the Vikings were near the bottom. We’ve always had really good o-lines, and our RBs have benefited. I was undecided at first, but I really think now that Murray will be a great addition, especially seeing him in live action and realizing that he’s probably in a better situation.
 

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Contact? Yes, better receiver? No chance
I have to disagree. Looking at both of them catching the ball downfield, and Ingram had more opportunities in the Saints offense, Murray excelled at it when given the opportunities. In Oakland he had more opportunities in an offense that hails in comparison to the Saints and then went to an offense where those opportunities were nonexistent.

In his first preseason game, he did more to show his downfield receiving prowess than Ingram ever did. Ingram was good (not Nearly as good as Pierre Thomas in the screen game) but was no where near as good as Reggie or Kamara has been past 5 yards down the field. Murray shows a lot more ability out side the first 5 yards than Ingram.

We will have to agree to disagree here. We will be lucky if Murray can be as good as Ingram in protection but in short yardage and receiving, I expect Murray will do better than Ingram did in this offense.
 
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