NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** Same guy. New team.
Titans running back DeMarco Murray knows the drill.
In his first offseason with the Titans, Murray is focused on getting himself ready for the fall. He already likes the feel of his new environment, he said after Thursday's practice, as he tries to establish himself in Tennessee.
"I am not a vocal guy,'' Murray said. "I try and work and do my deal and if necessary say something. But I think there's a lot of great guys on this team, a lot of guys who've had individual success and a lot of coaches and players who've great success with teams. So you have to learn from everybody.
"It's been great here. Obviously there's a lot of great guys on this team, the coaching staff is great. There's a lot of energy out there. It's been a good week. I am excited."
Murray, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 while with the Cowboys, played last season with the Eagles.
The Titans traded for Murray in March, and in April he joined the team at the start of the offseason program.
The Titans kicked off organized team activities this week, and so far the team has been on the field for three days. It's safe to say he's made a good first impression.
"To have someone like that, a talent back there,'' quarterback Marcus Mariota said of Murray. "It's going to not only open up a lot of run game stuff, but the play-action game as well as the passing game. To have that threat in the backfield is going to make our team a lot (better)."
"He has very good vision, very good feet,'' coach Mike Mularkey said of Murray. "A lot of the things we're doing he has run before. So it is not new to him."
"DeMarco is a great back and has done a lot of great things so far," added tackle Taylor Lewan. "And he's very vocal. He brings a different kind of edge to the offense, so it's great to have him."
Murray led the NFL and set franchise records in Dallas in rushing yards (1,845), and scrimmage yards (2,261). He scored 13 touchdowns on 392 carries in 2014, an average of 115.3 yards per game that season, when he posted 12 100-yard games.
In his lone season with the Eagles last year, Murray ran for 702 yards and six touchdowns on just 193 carries.
Murray said he's getting more comfortable each day with the Titans. He's liked what he's seen so far from the team.
New Titans RB DeMarco Murray debuts his #29 jersey. (Photos: Terry Wyatt)
"I think the run game is complimenting the passing game and vice versa,'' Murray said. "We are all working hard. Obviously the first week things are a little sloppy at times but we are definitely headed in the right direction.
"We have a lot of young guys but everybody is competing at a high level and we are going to make some good things happen. It's been very competitive."
During a session with reporters on Thursday, Murray was asked about individual goals. He bounced out the question, like a defender trying to corral him. Murray complimented rookie running back Derrick Henry on Thursday, and has gotten to know some of the team's other running backs over the course of the last few weeks.
"I haven't set any goals,'' Murray said. "Just come in here and help this team as much as possible."
Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 3 of OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)