Raiders RB DeAndre Washington has been getting "all" of the 2nd-team reps ahead of Jalen Richard in camp so far, according to insider Vic Tafur. That there's a clear gap between the 2 is surprising after they played a similar number of snaps and saw about the same amount of total touches last year. We're still expecting both guys to be involved behind starter Marshawn Lynch -- and to form a committee if Lynch misses time -- but Washington is the superior late-round target in fantasy drafts.
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.
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 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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