The recent signing of Latavius Murray has officially put an end to the Adrian Peterson era in a Viking jersey. While it is a sad day we all knew it was coming. His production will be missed, but the Vikings are clearly going in a different direction with this offense.
Murray is a former 6th round pick by the Raiders who has overachieved in his young career. The 27 year old has racked up 2,278 yards on the ground with a 4.2 per carry average and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Add that to 91 career receptions and his above average ability to be a blocker in the backfield and the Vikings did pretty damn good. With only 3 years in the league he has plenty of tread left on his tires and as of now would most likely be looked at as a week 1 starter. Murray has a completely different style than Peterson, he is a more straight ahead runner who doesn’t dance much, gets tough yards and moves the chains.
The tough part will be trying to compare the newcomer to days of old where we would watch AP rip off 150 yard games left and right. So Viking fans need to be realistic on expectations. I see a lot of 70-90 yard games with a few bigger ones in between. Is Murray a longterm solution? I doubt it, but he could help bridge the gap for whatever rookie is drafted in 2017. Murray/McKinnon/Rookie TBD could end up being a 3 head monster for the Vikings offense … and I would be just fine with that.