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hine in win over Cleveland Browns Veteran Chris Ivory was brought in on a free-agent contract to serve as the primary backup to Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy Cheap Zay Jones Jersey , but through the first two preseason games, Marcus Murphy has staked his claim not only to a spot on the 53-man roster, but as the primary backup to Shady. Especially following Friday night’s 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, when Murphy not only led the Bills in rushing (39 yards on four carries for a robust 9.8 yards per rush average), but directly set up a field goal before halftime with a huge punt return. Through two preseason games, Murphy, a seventh-round draft pick out of Missouri in 2015, has rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries (6.73 yards/rush) with one touchdown, and has added four receptions for 30 yards. “I just want to make a play. Whenever an opportunity is given, I just want to make the most of it. It doesn’t matter if it’s being a running back, punt returner or kick returner. I just want to be a playmaker whenever I get the chance,” Murphy told Branson Wright of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m not the prototypical running back at 6-foot, 230 pounds,” said Murphy, who is listed at 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds. “I have a chip on my shoulder. I want to prove that I can run between the tackles, pass-protect and run outside. I get a little shine when I have the ball in my hands, but it’s about all of us working together.”This after an impressive performance in the regular-season finale of 2017. With the Bills fighting for the playoffs and with both McCoy and Travaris Cadet sidelined Bills Marcus Murphy Jersey , Murphy, a former member of three teams’ practice squads in 2017 — the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, and the Bills — rushed for 41 yards and added two receptions for seven yards in a 22-16 victory. In Buffalo’s preseason opener, Murphy carried seven times for 35 yards and caught four passes for 30 yards. He demonstrated his patience, elusiveness, and cut-back ability when he scampered into the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown run to put the Bills up 17-7 heading into halftime vs. the Panthers. On Friday night, another big play from Murphy, this time in the return game, again helped set up a late first-half score. Murphy’s nifty 39-yard punt return put the Bills in range for a Stephen Hauschka field goal as Buffalo took a 10-7 lead into intermission. That punt return, which could have gone for at least 20 more yards had Murphy not gotten tripped up over his own feet avoiding a defender, showcased the versatility he displayed at Missouri, where he was an All-SEC running back. In his senior season, he rushed for 924 yards (5.2 per carry) while catching 28 passes for 212 yards with five total offensive TDs. In the return game, Murphy averaged 29.4 yards on kickoff returns, and an additional 10.4 yards on punt returns with three special teams TDs. His seven career kickoff and punt return TDs broke Jeremy Maclin’s old school record. Murphy, who was drafted by the Saints Youth Rafael Bush Jersey , came into the league with a solid reputation as a jack-of-all trades guy who could help as a runner, as a receiver, and in the return game. Through two preseason games, Murphy has not only earned a spot on the 53-man roster, but he is making serious waves in his attempt to take over the No. 2 role from Ivory. Murphy needs to demonstrate proficiency in pass protection, but if he does, there’s no reason why he couldn’t excel as Shady’s handcuff. His explosive running style, and his abilities as a pass-catcher, would certainly serve as a nice compliment to McCoy.Five Minnesota Vikings we watched: Buffalo Bills shut down Stefon Diggs, Kirk Cousins The Buffalo Bills traveled to Wisconsin Minneapolis on Sunday and were involved in an unexpected lopsided affair with the Minnesota Vikings. True, most people expected things would be lopsided Sunday. The unexpected portion, however, was that Buffalo laid the wood to Minnesota, dominating in every facet of the game on their way to an impressive 27-6 victory over the Vikings. What could go wrong for Buffalo in a matchup against a team thought to be a Super Bowl contender? Nothing at all, at least on Sunday. The Bills were able to shut down Minnesota’s offensive weapons, and they also controlled the tempo and the ball on their way to steamrolling Minnesota’s highly-touted defense. Here is a look at how the Bills fared against the five Vikings we were watching this weekend.QB Kirk CousinsThe Bills took Cousins out of his rhythm right from the jump. On Minnesota’s first two possessions, Cousins was forced into third-and-long situations. On each of those third down plays http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-vladimir-ducasse-jersey , he fumbled. First, it was Trent Murphy hitting Cousins to force a fumble that Lorenzo Alexander recovered. Then, it was Jerry Hughes coming around the edge to strip Cousins. That fumble was recovered by Matt Milano. Overall, Cousins completed 40-of-55 passing attempts for 296 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He was sacked four times, and the Bills hit him five more times. It was not a banner day for Cousins.RB Latavius MurrayWhile game situation certainly played a part in the Vikings’ offensive playcalling, it’s pretty shocking how little the team tried to run the football. Minnesota attempted six rushes on the entire day, and 2 of those were Cousins scrambles. Murray handled 2 carries, totaling 1 yard. He also made 5 catches for 30 yards. Even when the team was trailing, attempting to establish any semblance of a running game may have stemmed the tide early on. Yes, Buffalo had 17 points in the first quarter, but with 45 minutes of football left to play, abandoning the run entirely just isn’t sound strategy. Murray was a total non-factor in the game. WR Stefon DiggsMinnesota’s talented receivers were thought to be a challenge for Buffalo, but we had confidence that Tre’Davious White could lock down whichever receiver he was assigned to guard. That turned out to be Diggs on Sunday, as Minnesota’s wideout was forced to wear White like a Snuggie all afternoon. Diggs made 4 catches for just 17 yards, and he had no opportunities to break free or use his speed to burn the Bills deep. If we needed any other reminders as to how good White is http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-jason-croom-jersey , this game should serve as yet another clue—he is one of the best in the business.DE Danielle HunterHunter kept on his season’s pace, adding 5 tackles and 1 sack to his 2018 ledger. Overall, the 23-year old has 13 tackles and 3 sacks, having notched a quarterback takedown in each game thus far in 2018. The Bills were able to neutralize Minnesota’s pass rush, for the most part, and when there were free rushers, quarterback Josh Allen used his mobility to escape. Hunter was a bright spot in the game for the Vikings.S Harrison SmithMinnesota’s excellent secondary looked pedestrian on Sunday, allowing Allen to throw for 196 yards and 1 touchdown on the day. The touchdown was caused by a broken coverage, as the Bills ran some motion in the backfield to set up what looked like a screen play. However, tight end Jason Croom leaked up the sideline after pretending he was going to block, and no one in Minnesota’s secondary was anywhere near him when he caught the pass. The motion fooled everyone, including the veteran Smith, who could have served as the last line of defense on the play had he not bitten on the screen action. Smith had 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 quarterback hit on the afternoon.

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