Murphy Says He’d Beat Jeff Demps In RaceApril 28th, 2014
Many Bucs fans tremble with anxiety when they think of journeyman wide receiver Louis Murphy as the No. 2 man on the Bucs’ receivers depth chart. And that might be exactly where Murphy fits in right now.
Yes, Chris Owusu, who wears the dreaded No. 80, and Eric Page worked a lot with the first-teamers in practice last week, but that won’t soothe any nerves across Tampa Bay. However, what might calm fans a little, in addition to drafting a stud wide receiver next week, is Murphy’s claim of extraordinary speed.
Murphy was a track star at the University of Florida and said Friday he would expect to beat Olympic medalist and Bucs teammate Jeff Demps in a race. Demps and Murphy were teammates as Gators, in football and track.
Murphy made his bold claim on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620 Friday. You can hear the full audio below.
Last year, Murphy was supposed to be a rip-the-cover-off-the-defense threat for the Giants, but that never materialized. He finished with six short receptions in 14 games played. Joe’s not sure what happened there, or why Carolina gave up on Murphy after gobbling him up in a 2012 trade with the Raiders.
The Bucs are hoping those teams just didn’t know how you use Murphy’s “speed in space.”