Oakland Raiders: Full Position Breakdown, Depth-Chart Analysis at Running Back

Much of the excitement around the Oakland Raiders surrounds quarterback Derek Carr, but the Raiders front office has injected their running back stable with dynamic talent capable of moving the chains.

Running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have left town—the former for retirement and the latter renewing his career with the Dallas Cowboys. The Raiders have a slew of running backs entering new phases in the beginning stages of their careers. Initially, it seemed as though a two-man RB committee would emerge, but one particular player has separated himself from the pack.


Latavius Murray: The Lead Back?

There was very little said about running back Latavius Murray’s progress up until the first day of a three-day mandatory minicamp this week. ESPN’s Adam Caplan shared a glowing report (via Twitter) about Murray: 

Based on Caplan's sources, the Raiders will commit to tapping into Murray’s potential and propelling him into the conversation of top RBs in the league.

What sticks out most is the reference to his football IQ, which was an area in which new head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to see an improvement, per ESPN’s Bill Williamson. 

Secondly, the improvement in his pass-blocking evens that advantage Trent Richardson once possessed over all the RBs on the roster. Murray will be able to stay on the field for all three downs with an improved aptitude for picking up blocking assignments.

Despite the positive reports, Del Rio isn’t going to hand over the job. The second-year RB must continue to make strides in training camp to put a stronghold on the starting role.


Trent Richardson: Contributor or Cut?

My theory on Richardson is he’ll share a significant amount of the carries, or he’ll be cut before the season starts. Yes, it’s the either of t...

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