Running back Latavius Murray proved his worth to the New Orleans Saints’ organization on Sunday with a monster performance against Denver.
The New Orleans Saints took their seven-game winning streak to Colorado in Week 12 to play the Denver Broncos. Little did they know, they would be playing a team without a single active quarterback on their roster going into the game.
They ended up playing a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback which was a recipe for disaster. Now, the unsung hero for the Saints was backup running back Latavius Murray who broke out of his shell yesterday.
Latavius Murray led the black and gold backfield with 19 carries. That is more than Alvin Kamara, who only rushed 11 times, and more than Taysom Hill who rushed 10 times. Dwayne Washington and Michael Thomas also added a rush.
Murray took those 19 carries and ran for 124 yards. That is one of Murray’s first 100+ yard games with Kamara playing in the same game. Kamara added 54 yards, and Hill added 44 yards. However, Murray took over the backfield.
Even though Taysom Hill got the two touchdowns, Murray was the best New Orlean’s running back on the roster. Murray also totaled two rushing touchdowns, and he was impressive. Murray’s first touchdown was on the back of a 36-yard scamper almost untouched into the endzone.
Murray played the best we’ve seen him play all season. This just goes to show that the backup running back is irreplaceable on the Saints. He proved to his teammates, his organization, his coaches that he is a valuable piece of the offense.
The Saints ran away with the game on Sunday, and Latavius Murray literally ran away with the game. It was good to see someone other than Alvin Kamara play the part of a hero in a game this season. Murray has a lot more to give this season, and it will be fun.