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DeMarco Murray expected to be 'workhorse' for Tennessee Titans

By Alex Butler
Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (29) dodges a tackle by New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on December 6, 2015. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 35-28. File Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/01d2c2710bc94fa5d21f27cc5c3bc696/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (29) dodges a tackle by New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on December 6, 2015. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 35-28. File Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI | License Photo

NASHVILLE, July 19 (UPI) -- A league rushing title and a dominant offensive line might be behind DeMarco Murray, but opportunity frolics at his fast feet.

That's what he'll get in Tennessee, following a disappointing stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Titans Online's Jim Wyatt, Murray is in for another huge workload.

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"The Titans plan to put Murray to work, and they've loved how he's handled himself over the last few months," Wyatt wrote. "Murray has looked good on the field, and he's also spoken up and provided leadership. The expectation is he'll return to form in 2016 and be the team's workhorse in the backfield."

In 2014, Murray exploded for a league-high 1,845 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys. He then signed with the Eagles. In 2015, he ran for just 702 yards and six scores on 193 carries.

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In March, the Titans acquired Murray from the Eagles and the teams swapped draft picks. Murray was due $9 million guaranteed from the Eagles. After restructuring his contract, Murray is now guaranteed $12.5 million. He will make $6 million in 2016.

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The Titans also drafted Heisman Trophy winning Alabama running back Derrick Henry in April's draft. The second-round selection signed a four-year deal in May.

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Titans coaches are excited about the veteran, who could have a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.

"He's a coach's dream," Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom told Titans.com earlier this month.

Last month, Murray told CBS Sports Radio that he thinks Tennessee is a better fit than Philadelphia.

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"I do," Murray said. "It's strictly downhill and that's what I've been accustomed to my entire life. Nothing against last year or what happened, it just didn't work out, but I'm very excited about this upcoming season and looking forward to it."

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