Making the Case for Michael Dyer as Oakland Raiders’ No. 2 Running Back

Trent Richardson and Michael Dyer renew a rivalry in a competition for the No. 2 running back with the Oakland Raiders.

If you’re a fan of college football, you remember Auburn’s miraculous season that led to a BCS National Championship in 2010. Quarterback Cam Newton and Dyer led Auburn's explosive offense to 14 consecutive victories in an undefeated season. In the following year, Richardson’s Alabama Crimson Tide went 12-1 to win the BCS National Championship.

These collegiate rivals had more in common than their home state, a dominant ground attack. Dyer was a sophomore when Richardson declared to enter the NFL draft as a junior in 2012. If Dyer had been eligible, he might have been the second running back selected after Richardson, whom the Cleveland Browns drafted with the third overall pick.

Instead, the former Auburn star missed the entire 2012 season due to transfer restrictions and dealt with legal transgressions off the field, per writer Michael Casagrande.

Dyer spent two years at Louisville, but his production dropped significantly. He wasn’t even half the player who once led Auburn’s potent ground attack, partially due to injuries, rust from inactivity and the rigors of breaking into a new system behind established running backs.

In his senior year, he showed some glimpses of what he used to be in an Auburn uniform against the No. 2-ranked Florida State Seminoles: 

In his best game as a Louisville Cardinal, he showed capabilities that Richardson has lacked in the previous two seasons in the NFL.

Dyer’s vision, decisiveness when hitting an opening and downhill running style make him an attractive asset in the backfield. He put all those qualities on display in 28 attempts for 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns illustrated in the video above. Clearly, he didn’t leave all of his game in ...

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