Multiple outlets report that Oakland and Seattle have worked out a trade that will finally, officially send RB Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders. It will reportedly involve an exchange of late-round picks in 2018 -- basically a formality. We'll see what kind of shape Lynch is in once he takes the field and whether Oakland adds more to its backfield in the NFL Draft this week.
RB Marshawn Lynch visited the Raiders on Wednesday and informed them that he plans to un-retire, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As soon as that becomes official, the Seahawks will either trade or release Beast Mode (likely the latter considering it's clear that he'll only play for Oakland). It suddenly looks extremely likely that Lynch will be back in the league this season -- and as a lead back. The Raiders currently have just the inexperienced and undersized duo of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard at RB. It's unclear exactly how much the soon-to-be 31-year-old Lynch has left in the tank, but he'll be running behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines.
The Raiders are trying to coax RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch is reportedly considering it. His rights still belong to the Seahawks, so he'd either need to be released or traded. "It could really happen," a source told Schefter. Lynch turns 31 in April and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in 2015, so the Raiders wouldn't be getting prime Beast Mode. But he could certainly provide some power to a backfield that currently features 204-pound DeAndre Washington and 207-pound Jalen Richard. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation.
The Associated Press reports that the Raiders will not renew the contract of OC Bill Musgrave this offseason, opting instead to promote QBs coach Todd Downing. Oakland jumped from 24th in yards and 17th in scoring to 6th and 7th, respectively, in Musgrave's 2nd year as OC. Downing spent the past 2 years as QBs coach, marking the 3rd team he has served in that role. He has never served as an OC on the college or pro level, though. We'll await word on his plans for the Raiders offense, as well as any significant moves the team plans for this offseason. The most interesting situation for fantasy owners will be the backfield, with Latavius Murray on the verge of free agency and DeAndre Washington's role growing at the end of the year.
Raiders RB DeAndre Washington is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Panthers. He played a season-low 4 snaps last week and has evidently been passed up by RB Jalen Richard. Washington can be dropped in redraft leagues.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Raiders RB Latavius Murray (toe) will play against the Jaguars today. It's worth noting that Rapoport calls Murray "the starter." He's the best fantasy bet in Oakland's backfield but will continue to lose touches to RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Raiders RB Latavius Murray (toe) is expected back for this weekend's game against the Jaguars, according to insider Adam Caplan. Murray has put in a couple of limited practice this week after missing the past 2 games. A healthy Murray figures to resume lead duties in Oakland's backfield, but he'll continue to lose touches to RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Raiders RB Latavius Murray (toe) returned to practice on Wednesday. It gives him a good shot to return for this weekend's game against the Jaguars. Neither DeAndre Washington nor Jalen Richard distinguished himself in Murray's absence the past 2 weeks, so a healthy Murray should return as the lead back -- albeit of a 3-man committee.
Raiders RB Latavius Murray (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He's still not back at practice and certainly isn't a lock to return for Week 7. Oakland's bye isn't until Week 10. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard figure to share backfield duties again this Sunday. Both guys are borderline RB2s vs. a Kansas City defense allowing 4.8 yards per carry.
Raiders RB Latavius Murray (toe) remained sidelined on Wednesday. It's not a good start for his chances to playing against the Chiefs this weekend. Murray is reportedly dealing with turf toe, which often lingers for multiple weeks. RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard split backfield duties last week and would likely do the same this Sunday if Murray sits.
The Raiders plan on distributing carries "evenly" and then riding the "hot hand" in today's game vs. San Diego, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will both be involved early. Washington remains the better bet to get rolling, but both guys could end up with 10+ touches. Check out where they sit in our Week 5 RB Rankings.
Raiders RB Latavius Murray (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. He didn’t practice all week and could be hampered for a while with what’s reportedly a case of turf toe. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will lead Oakland’s backfield this weekend, with Jamize Olawale potentially seeing short-yardage work. Washington is the best fantasy play and looks like a low-end RB2 or high-end RB3/flex in the plus matchup.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Raiders RB Latavius Murray is "doubtful" to play against the Chargers on Sunday due to a foot injury suffered last week. Murray "wants to play," per Schefter, but didn't practice on Wednesday. (Oakland listed him with a toe injury, rather than foot.) Murray's absence will leave the Raiders with DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale. It's unclear at this point how the touches will be divvied. Washington paced that trio with 8 touches last week but actually played fewer snaps than Richard and Olawale. We'll look for clues about this backfield over the next few days, but it might turn out to be a situation to avoid.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie considers 5th-round rookie DeAndre Washington a "complete back." The Texas Tech product is on the smaller side at 5'8 and 204 pounds, but that's a similar size to recent RB1s such as Jamaal Charles (5'11, 199), LeSean McCoy (5'11, 208) and Justin Forsett (5'8, 195). “DeAndre, he’s more than just a third-down back,” McKenzie said. “He can pound it up in there. The Raider Nation will find out fast just how physical he is ... He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he’s the total package as a runner. We really like him.” Washington racked up 124 catches over 4 college seasons. But he also carried 188 and 233 times, respectively, in the final 2 years and averaged 6.2 yards per carry. There's opportunity in Oakland's backfield after Latavius Murray mustered just 4.0 yards per carry and 5.7 yards per catch last year. Washington's progress will be worth monitoring closely this summer.
The Raiders selected RB DeAndre Washington in the 5th round of the 2016 draft. At 5'8, 204 pounds, he'll probably never be a lead back at the NFL level. But he averaged 5.6 yards per carry over 4 seasons at Texas Tech and totaled 124 catches. He ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and posted strong marks in the agility drills. He could carve out a decent-sized role behind Latavius Murray in Oakland. Murray, meanwhile, seems safe as the Raiders' 2016 lead back.
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