OAKLAND, CA. — With the 2016 quickly approaching, the Raiders have minor concerns at the running back position. I am certain that the die hard’s will disagree but that’s what die hard’s do. In taking a very objective approach to this situation, it’s tough to justify the Raiders having a solid ground attack heading in to the season.
Latvius Murray will be called upon to be the bell cow once again. But in 2015, while he broke the 1,000 yard mark, he only had two games (Browns and Jets) where he rushed for over 100 yards. Murray is not so much the issue, however. It is the lack of depth behind him. Should anything happen injury wise, God forbid, then there’s not much behind him to keep a balanced attack.
The Raiders rushing attack, despite Murray’s decent year, left much to be desired as they ranked 28th (1,457 yards) in the NFL. That means that the rest of Oakland’s backfield only produced a little over 400 yards.
Here are the results:
Clearly last year has no baring on this upcoming season but it should be noted at the least that there’s been a major lack of production behind Murray.
Here are the players that are currently listed on the Raiders squad; Latavius Murray, Roy Helu Jr., George Atkinson III, Taiwan Jones, rookie DeAndre Washington, and both fullbacks in Marcel Reece and Jamize Olawale.
These are clearly subject to change. With some big-named free agent running backs still out there on the market, it would not shock me to see Oakland add one or two of those players for insurance in case something were to happen to Murray through the course of the year. The running back position in the NFL is tough to stay healthy at. Most teams rely on a few decent options. It will be interesting to see how well the rookie 5th round selection out of Texas Tech will integrate in to the offense but until we actually have some game film out there on him, the point of the Raiders lacking depth remains.