Marcus Murphy draws ultimate compliment from Sean Payton
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Marcus Murphy ran with grit, showcased versatility and prompted this ultimate compliment from his head coach.
"I like the player, I like the player," Sean Payton said. "He's making this team, he's making this team."
Murphy totaled 141 yards on 13 touches, good for an average of nearly 11 yards per opportunity. Whether it was running inside the tackles, receiving out the backfield or breaking free in the return game, Murphy solidified his role as a do-it-all back for the Black-and-Gold.
"I just wanted to come out and show my ability that I have," Murphy said. "I consider myself a playmaker like I said, just making plays all over the field, I just want to get the confidence from the guys and the coaches that they can trust me, I have accountability and that I can make a play."
The 7th-round draft pick out of Missouri was considered a longshot to make the Saints 53-man roster early in the preseason, but with CJ Spiller's injury, Murphy has received more reps and more chances to turn a few heads, while he continues to adjust to the pro game.
"I think he's got pretty good vision," Payton said. "I think he's explosive. I thought he did some good things not only in the return game, but some good things offensively, underneath the coverage. I think there's a knack he has, and he's not a returner that is going to try to run around the defense, he's gonna run north and south, and I do think he's pretty quick. Quick to accelerate so."
Murphy added, "It's an adjustment. We run a different offense than we did at Missouri, so that's part of the growing experience, just coming out and learning the playbook and learning how the offense rolls, and just getting better."
Sunday afternoon, Murphy set the tone early with several big pickups in the second quarter, showing his ability to make a difference on more meaningful snaps against some top tier defenders.
"In the past weeks, we've been getting a lot of rotation, in the fourth quarter, but I was able to get in early in the game and show off what I have," Murphy said.
And when Marcus Murphy was told about Sean Payton's post-game comments that he is in fact making this team, Murphy said that he was humbled, and that it creates a fire, and he wants to better prepare himself for the rigors of the NFL regular season.
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