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DeMarco Murray: First months with Titans have “exceeded my expectations”

Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 Event

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Football player DeMarco Murray attends Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50 event at Vandal on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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Titans running back DeMarco Murray hosted a football camp for kids in Nashville over the weekend and gave away t-shirts that said “Find a Way or Fade Away” on the backs.

Murray said that he finds a new message to put on the shirts every year and this one resonated with him this year because he’s “starting from scratch” with the Titans after his one year with the Eagles was a flop. It remains to be seen how things will play out with the Titans, but coach Mike Mularkey has vowed to be an “exotic smashmouth” offense and that would seem to suit Murray well on the field.

When talking about his early time with the team during the football camp, however, Murray focused on other things that have left him feeling good about where things are going.

“I would say it has exceeded my expectations,” Murray said, via the team’s website. “We have an unbelievable team, an unbelievable coaching staff and the biggest thing to me is coach Mularkey. He is a hell of a coach and an even better guy, and that is not just him but every coach in the organization, there’s a little piece of him they carry with him. They are just great people, and those are the kinds of coaches you want to do anything for -- you’ll run through the wall for them. And the camaraderie with the guys on the team, everyone talks to each other, the offensive guys and the defensive guys. I have never been inside a locker room where it is so integrated. That was a huge plus for me, and it lets me come out of my shell a little more and be a little more vocal with the guys.”

Murray said he took a backseat to players like Tony Romo and Jason Witten when it came to leadership during his Cowboys days, but the Titans don’t have that kind of veteran presence as they build their roster. If Murray can fill that role while also rebounding on the field, the least the Titans will say is that Murray’s met their expectations.