Marshawn Lynch will certainly carry the bulk of the workload in the Oakland Raiders rushing attack, but he’s far from the lone component.
Despite the unknown with him coming out of retirement, there’s little question what the Oakland Raiders plan for Marshawn Lynch’s role to be. He’ll be the primary option in their running game. What’s more, the man known as Beast Mode will be the battering ram behind the Raiders’ elite offensive line. All told, he seems tailor-made for the role.
What’s more, Lynch projects to be better in that role than Latavius Murray. Murray took 195 carries for 788 yards a season ago, before leaving for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. While successful, Lynch has the obvious top-end ability that Murray rarely even showed flashes of.
Given the prowess of the Raiders passing offense, adding Lynch on the surface makes it seem like the unit is complete. However, what makes this Oakland offense potentially lethal is that their rushing attack is far from confined to just what Lynch has to offer.
Also contributing out of the backfield will be Jalen Richard and DeAndrea Washington, both second-year players. And if their rookie campaigns are any indication, they’ll be both perfect complements to Lynch in addition to being weapons in their own rights.
A fifth-round pick in 2016, Washington was dynamic in limited work last season. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry as he took 87 totes for 467 yards and two touchdowns. For good measure, he caught 17 balls out of the backfield for 115 receiving yards. The Texas Tech product also got love from Pro Football Focus (via Silver and Black Pride) as he…
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