On the heels of facing off against his former team, wide receiver Louis Murphy is excited to be playing the Oakland Raiders during the Carolina Panthers last home game here in Charlotte, NC.
“It happened so fast,” says Murphy in regards to being traded in July 2012 to the Panthers for a 7th round draft pick. “I didn’t have time to reflect it until I got here.
Initially upset and confused about leaving the Raiders organization, Louis Murphy has managed to start making a name for himself in the second half of this season. He’s being targeted more by Newton over the past 4 games and even had a touchdown during the Kansas City away game.
“Coming here has made everything better,” says Murphy. “Being around these guys, this team, and this organization, and how well things are run here,” Murphy is enjoying the aggressive offense of the Panthers this year.
And Murphy’s Auburn ties in playing and working out with Cam Newton might be helping out the Panthers’ sophomore quarterback.
“He’s been very influential person in my life as far as knowing what to expect coming into this league,” says Newton.
While staying in contact with Newton when he was still playing at Auburn, Murphy also helped him know “how to have a good work ethic and taking care of your body” since the NFL season is much longer than college.
“It’s more important that we got a good player rather than a buddy-buddy,” says Cam, but he felt “extremely happy” having a former college teammate, workout buddy, and mentor wearing teal and black in the Carolinas.
The Oakland Raiders (4-10) will be traveling to face the Carolina Panthers (5-9) this Sunday at Bank of America Stadium with a 1 PM EST kickoff.