Preseason Profile: Louis Murphy, WR

Louis Murphy #18

College: Florida
Height: 6’2⅜”
Weight: 203 lbs
Arm Length: N/A
Hand Size: N/A

 

40 Yard Dash: 4.32
3 Cone Drill: 6.95
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.45
Bench Press: 12 reps
Vertical Jump: N/A
Broad Jump: N/A

 

Louis Murphy finds himself on the roster bubble heading into this year. Early on in his career he looked like he might be the next big play maker at receiver for the Raiders, but after hauling in 75 catches and 6 TD’s in his first two years he has struggled to stay healthy and only had 15 total receptions last year.

Coming from a high-powered offense at Florida, Murphy was another one of those late round finds for the Raiders in 2009. He came into the league with a chip on his shoulder wanting to prove to the world that he was more than just another speed guy at wide receiver. He will need to recapture that determination if he plans to work his way back into the receiver rotation in Oakland. Starring him in the face are a hungry group of newcomers who believe their time is now and are looking to take his spot on the 53 man roster.

Don’t completely count Murphy out yet though. He does have the tools to be a successful NFL wide out, he just needs to get healthy and stay focused on living up to his potential on the field.

Louis has had some off the field mishaps as well. He was arrested on possession of marijuana while at Florida, and arrested in 2011 for possessing Viagra without a prescription. While both of these arrests seem irrelevant to some, it does highlight the need to stay focused on football. Look for Murphy to come on strong in training camp if he can get healthy, but securing a spot won’t be easy.

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