HEY CHIPPER, LET OUR MAN AND YOURS DEMARCO MURRAY PLAY!

By Barbara Harrison

It has beaten to death in the lame-ass local media that:

Eagles running back DeMarco Murray hasn’t been practicing much during training camp.

It’s not that Murray hasn’t been practicing that stems the uneasiness; it’s the lack of carries.

“I don’t know the number,” Murray said of how many carries he needs to be ready for the regular season. “Just need to get a good feel. I don’t know the number. Obviously, you’re out here practicing. You’re out here working. Definitely need to get a touch or two in the preseason.”

During Wednesday’s joint practice with the Ravens, Murray (above) started off taking reps with the first team and then joined 7-on-7s with the Ravens’ defense, both of which Murray seemed to do well with.

However, as practice went on, the touches for Murray began to decrease. It wasn’t anything new, but the question still remains if Murray will be ready for the regular season.

Murray’s coming off a season in which he ran the ball 392 times for 1,845. His 497 touches, including postseason, were sixth-most in NFL history and most since Larry Johnson’s 457 in 2006.

Coach Chip Kelly has acknowledged Murray’s touches last season, and the fear of overworking the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year could be why he’s been limited in practice.

“(Kelly’s) is doing what’s best for the team,” Murray said. “At the end of the day, he is looking at what’s best for the team … and I’m all for it. I’m a team player.”

Murray set an NFL record in 2014 by starting the season with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing performances. He became just the seventh player since 1960 to record at least 12 games of 100-plus rushing yards in a single season.

Last season, he was tied for the league lead with 13 rushing touchdowns and added 57 catches for 416 yards out of the backfield.

After coming off a record-setting season, there’s no doubt he wants to get back on the field and continue where he left off.

Still, Murray respects Kelly’s decision and patiently awaits for his workload to increase.

“It feels like certain days he’s not giving me as much work,” Murray said. “Obviously, you want to come out here and compete every day and work as hard as you can to try to help the team but, like I said, they know what’s best for the team.”

Despite limited touches, the two-time Pro Bowler remains confident he’ll see continued success in 2015.

If the season started tomorrow, Murray said, without hesitation, he’d be ready.

“Yeah, I’ve played four years,” he said. “I’m comfortable with the offense, very comfortable with myself. I put in a lot of great work here.”

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