DeMarco Murray was held out of full-team drills yesterday. Today, he participated fully in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. According to NJ.com, Murray isn’t hurt, he doesn’t know why he was held out, and he’s not gonna ask because “I just do what I’m told.” Chip probably loves this guy.
“Some guys get more reps one day,” Murray said, “and another day another guys gets more reps.”
He also swore he’s not injured.
So what was it? We have no idea, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was, well, sports science.
We know DeMarco Murray carried the ball a lot last year, and players who carried the ball as much as he did typically don’t replicate their success the next year. We also know Chip uses wearable-trackers for his players to keep an eye on their health. He told Grantland last year, using Brent Celek as an example:
“We may take [tight end] Brent Celek out of a team period on a Tuesday afternoon and just say, because of the scientific data we have on him, ‘We may need to give Brent a little bit of a rest.’ We monitor them very closely.”
Is it reasonable to believe they kept Murray out of full-team work on the first day of camp because of something they saw on those trackers? Absolutely. Is that what happened? No idea. But it’s a good sign that they’re already keeping an eye on Murray’s workload on day one. Not sure how much confidence that instills… but yeah.