Raider Nation Is Sleeping on Louis Murphy

Raider Nation appears to be sleeping on Louis Murphy so far. Most of the talk has been about this offseason and for good reason.

"Big" John Henderson, Rolando McClain, and Lamarr Houston are now in Oakland to stop the run. The Raiders now have a legitimate quarterback in Jason Campbell. 

The offensive line was addressed this offseason. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush should now have some running lanes. Campbell should be kept clean in the pocket.

There is even talk of how Darrius Heyward-Bey caught the ball in minicamp. From there, it goes to Chaz Schillens. He has returned ahead of schedule from injury.

All of the above is great, but we should not sleep on Murphy.

Sure he dropped some balls last year, but he did improve throughout the season. He also managed to put up respectable rookie receiver numbers last season.

He had 34 catches for 521 yards and four TDs in just nine starts. He didn't exactly have Peyton Manning or Brett Favre throwing him the ball either. 

So far, I'd have to say Murphy is an absolute gem for a late-round receiver.   Furthermore, he has shown that he has the clutch gene.

That clutch gene was on full display in Week one of 2009. He made the go-ahead score from 57 yards out against the San Diego Chargers with 2:34 left in the game.

The defense didn't make that score hold up, as the Chargers won the game. However, Murphy did his part as he does not play defense.

Murphy struck again in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He caught a game tying, 29-yard TD late in the fourth quarter. Sebastian Janikowski then won it with a 33-yard field goal. The 29-yard touchdown was Murphy's only catch of the game!

Week 13 was another...

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