DeMarco Murray Playing Big Role so Far with Titans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — DeMarco Murray currently leads all NFL running backs in receptions.

He recorded his first 100-yard game with the Titans on Sunday against the Raiders, and he's play a big role in his new team's offense three weeks in a row.

On Monday, Murray said he remains confident in his new team, despite a 1-2 start. And he's determined to do even more to help.

"I've made a few mental errors and I'd like to get those (fixed) -- those are the things that stick out to me much more than the individual success,'' Murray said. "You have to watch film and learn from it. I still believe in this team and I think everyone in this locker room believes in it. We have to continue to fight. We're only three games into the season, and we have to stay positive and optimistic and go from there."

Murray ran for 114 yards on just 16 carries in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Raiders, and he scored on a five-yard touchdown run. He also caught five passes for 41 yards.

Through three games, Murray leads the Titans with 245 rushing yards, and a 6.0-yard average per carry. He also has 17 receptions – the most of any NFL running back -- for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

The 114-yard effort vs Oakland was the 22nd career 100-yard rushing game (including playoffs) for Murray, and his first with the Titans. He became the first Titan since Chris Johnson to run for over 100 yards. Johnson did it in the final game of the 2013 season.

"He's a big, physical runner,'' coach Mike Mularkey said of Murray. "I felt like (in the second half), give him the ball right now, he's in a groove. A lot of these guys, the more they get it, the better they are, and he was making a lot of yards after contact, I know that."

The Titans totaled 181 rushing yards against the Raiders. Behind Murray, running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Marcus Mariota (22) also contributed to the second-high rushing total for the Titans since the beginning of the 2014 season.

Murray has eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in back-to-back weeks, and he has posted runs of 36 or more yards in the last two weeks as well. Murray had a 36-yard burst on Monday, a week after he picked up 67 yards on a single carry at Detroit.

"We feel we can run the ball, no matter what the situation is,'' Murray said. "I think that is a positive for us. You definitely want to try and wear them out and when play-action works out it opens up the passing game."

On Sunday, the Titans travel to Houston to face the Texans.

The Texans are ranked fifth in the NFL in total defense, but 27th vs the run.

"Our division is a little tight now, we can't worry too much about other teams,'' Murray said. "We have to go into Houston and try and get a victory. It is going to be a hostile environment.  They are a very good team so they've had a mini bye-week. We know how important the division games are and it's going to be a huge game for us."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 3 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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