DeMarco Murray will finish this season as the second most productive of his six-year NFL career statistically.
Other than his 2014 campaign with the Dallas Cowboys where he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,845 yards, his first season as a Tennessee Titan has been the most productive of his career thus far.
Murray, with one game left in the season Sunday against Houston, has 1,266 yards rushing on 282 carries and has scored nine touchdowns on the ground. He also has 52 receptions, just five off his career high notched in 2014, and has scored three times through the air.
Murray won’t win the NFL rushing title as Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott is well on his way to that with 1,551 yards. But Murray could still finish runner-up as he is just two yards behind Pittsburgh’s LeVeon Bell.
But Murray isn’t thinking about rushing yards or even Comeback Player of the Year, something his named has been mentioned in several times because of his struggles last year with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He simply wants the consolation prize that would come with a Titans win over Houston Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
“I’m not thinking about that at all. I’m just trying to get out of here with a division win. Houston has won the division. They’ve won it the last couple of years. If we could come out of it with a win, that would be good,” Murray said. “When we get a chance to play a division opponent that’s won the division the last couple of years, and to get over the .500 mark for us. It hasn’t been there for us as a team the last couple of years, so I think it would be huge for us.”
Murray was asked how satisfying his season was individually in 2016, and he added that it could have been better – had the Titans taken care of business in Jacksonville, which would have given them playoff life heading into Sunday’s finale.
“It could have been better obviously. You want to be in the playoffs and want to be playing in a more
important type game heading into the postseason,” Murray said.
He did take some satisfaction in joining a team that appears to be on the rise from the rubble of just five wins in the previous two years.
“For me just being here for one year and seeing the transition from coaches and the organization is one aspect that has been special. But I don’t think anyone is hanging their hats on what’s happened in the past. We had a chance to do something special this year and we didn’t accomplish that,” Murray said.
If anything, Murray is hopeful that what the Titans did accomplish this season can be forwarded to 2017 with a bigger and better version of the team.
“That was my only expectation was to make the playoffs and give us a chance to do that. It’s a tough game and a lot of teams have been out of it for a long time,” Murray said. “We had our opportunities the last couple of weeks and we ran into that stone block last week in Jacksonville. We’ve just got to finish out this game strong and try to get the win.
“We’ve got a lot of young players on the team and a lot of veteran players still playing at a high level. You look at the draft picks and hopefully in free agency we’ll get some big-time players to come here. I’ll let those guys worry about that and just try to do my job and go from there.”
Murray has already been chosen for the Pro Bowl, one of five Titans selected for the game. He is content to let things play out concerning any other individual honors that might come his way.
“I think I just want to be the guy I know I can be, run hard and lead these guys the best I can. I think I did that for the most part and those sort of things I never paid attention to. If it happens, it happens. If not, no big deal,” he said.