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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Anonymous Eagles player calls out DeMarco Murray for lack of effort

DeMarco Murray

At least one of DeMarco Murray’s teammates feels that the Philadelphia Eagles running back has not given a full effort on every play this season.

After Sunday’s blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there were plenty of questions about whether the Eagles quit when the game got out of hand. One player, who chose to remain anonymous, singled out Murray.

“Well, when you see DeMarco sliding before getting hit, you tell me,” the player told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Was that giving full effort? You see that [stuff], and it makes you wonder.”

As McLane notes, the player may have been referring to Philadelphia’s Week 10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. With the Eagles leading 16-3 in that game, Murray took a handoff on 3rd-and-1 and slid to the ground after picking up a first down. Here’s a video of the play, courtesy of The Big Lead:

A touchdown on that drive would have built a much more comfortable lead, but the Eagles ended up with no points. It all went downhill from there, and more than a few people feel that Murray could have — and should have — fought for more.

Murray’s first season with the Eagles has been a disappointment, as he has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in just one game. He ran for 64 yards on 13 carries against the Bucs. Some of his struggles have to do with game flow, but apparently at least one of Murray’s teammates feels the veteran could be trying harder.

When you hear comments like that and read the report we shared with you earlier about Chip Kelly, you get an idea of how things are looking in Philly at the moment.

H/T Shutdown Corner



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