Extra Points: Murray, Job Openings, Jags

There have been various reports this month centering on running back DeMarco Murray‘s apparent discontent with being a member of the Eagles. One said an “obviously upset” Murray and team owner Jeffrey Lurie had a long conversation about his lack of playing time after an upset win over New England. However, Murray’s own words this week run contrary to the idea that he’s unhappy with his role, per The Associated Press.

“I’m not worried about how many plays I am getting,” said Murray, who received just two touches in a 40-17 loss to Arizona last week. “Whenever I get in, whenever I get an opportunity, I have to make the most of it.”

Murray hasn’t made the most of his opportunities this year, amassing just 606 yards and four touchdowns through 13 games. After signing a deal worth over $40MM last offseason, Murray has averaged a mere 3.4 yards per carry in his first season in Philadelphia.

In other NFL news. . .

  • There will be teams looking for new head coaches and/or general managers in the coming weeks, but a dearth of enticing replacement options could preclude some clubs from making changes, according to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci. Even if teams are displeased with their current situations, then, they might continue with the status quo in 2016 because the market won’t exactly be packed with slam-dunk candidates next month.
  • Earlier this week, an independent hearing officer jointly hired by both the league and NFL Players Association upheld the one-game suspension given to Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for a helmet-to-helmet in last Sunday’s loss to Carolina. The league and the union could eventually agree to handle off-field discipline the same way, reports Carucci. If so, it would remove power from commissioner Roger Goodell on violations of the league’s personal-conduct policy and give it to a neutral party.
  • Last May at their rookie minicamp, the Jaguars lost first-round defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. for all of 2015 because of a torn ACL. With that in mind, they’re debating whether to even have a traditional rookie camp next spring, according to Ryan O’Halloran of Florida.com. “It’s something I’ve always thought didn’t make a lot of sense, and we’re going to take a real, long, hard look at how we approach it,” said GM Dave Caldwell.
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