It sounds more and more like the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly are going to make sure their new stud RB, that being DeMarco Murray, is fresh and ready to go for opening day.
The back said today via NFL.com that he’s not even sure, after sitting out the first preseason game, that he’ll go this week when the team takes the field against the Ravens.
“I played four years,” he said. “I’m very comfortable with the offense and myself. I’m getting a lot of great work here. It all depends on what they want to do…they know what’s best for the team.”
Before Wednesday’s practice, Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur described Murray’s participation as a full go. What actually ensued was, from the casual observer, a light work day at three-quarters speed. Still, it was more than Murray typically does. He and Bradford went through zone-read plays together. He took handoffs from the presumptive Eagles starter.
Was it enough for Murray? Does he feel ready?
“I wouldn’t put a number on it, obviously you’re out here practicing, you’re out here working but you definitely want to get a touch or two here in the preseason,” he said, “just to get a few hits in and whatnot.