Latavius Murray: He once looked like a future star, but Murray got just 4.0 YPC last season despite running behind one of the NFL’s best offensive lines. He did score 12 touchdowns and could emerge as Minnesota’s goal-line back, but he’s looking at backup duties behind rookie Dalvin Cook, whom the Vikings spent an early second-round pick on. Moreover, Murray is going to be behind the learning curve in a new system after undergoing offseason ankle surgery. His situation has gotten much worse with the switch in teams.
LeGarrette Blount: He’s leaving the Patriots, which provided Blount with an NFL-high 29 rushing attempts inside the five-yard line last season, helping him lead the league with 18 rushing touchdowns. In fact, he had 71 carries inside the red-zone, and no other back in the league reached even 60. He should remain a threat at the goal line in Philadelphia, but the Eagles are unlikely to provide even close to that amount of scoring opportunities, and they will employ a running back by committee, so Blount’s carries (he had 299 last year) should plummet on his new team as well.
Eric Decker: At first it seems odd to be downgraded here given the upgrade at quarterback throwing to him, but Decker was in line to see a ton of targets in New York, especially with Brandon Marshall gone. Now in Tennessee, Decker joins a team that will spread it around, as he’ll be sharing looks with Delanie Walker, Rishard Matthews and newly drafted Corey Davis. Moreover, the Titans are one of the most run-heavy teams in all of football (they had the fourth most rushing attempts last season). Decker will remain a top red-zone option, and his addition certainly helps Tennessee, but he’s rightfully been moved down draft boards.