The Minnesota Vikings shelled out $15 million over 3 years, for free agent running back Latavius Murray. This is after knowing that he required surgery to repair his ankle. Murry has missed all of the offseason so far and will start the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list. This is not looking good for the Vikings who desperately need a running back to take some of the pressure off of the passing game.
For his first 3 years in the league, Murray had 543 carries for 2,278 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 91 passes for 639 yards. This was all behind the Oakland Raiders O-line, arguably one of the best in the league. Now, Murray is running behind the Vikings O-line, who are not known for their blocking prowless. I think toll booths on the New Jersey Turnpike stop more traffic.
So far there is no timetable on Murray’s return to the field. What does this mean for the Vikings’ backfield? The remaining running backs are: Jerick McKinnon, Bishop Sankey, Terrell Newby, and Rookie Dalvin Cook. I’ve always thought that Cook would be the stater by mid-season. Now, he’s my favorite to start the season that way. I think Cook needs time to develop and adjust to the NFL before being thrust as the starting running back. I believe that he has the talent to become a 3 down back. Murray starting the season on the PUP will hurt the development of Dalvin Cook.