Starters: Jalen Richard, Jamize Olawale (FB)
Depth: DeAndre Washington, Taiwan Jones
Free Agent: Latavius Murray
Richard was the Raiders top offensive rookie last season and arguably their top rookie period. And he was not even drafted. He finished the season leading the league among running backs with at least 80 carries.
Fifth round pick DeAndre Washington had the team’s initial hopes as the change-of-pace scat back for this offense, and made some big plays of his own. He had some respectable numbers of his own, with 87 carries for 467 yards (5.4 ypc).
Olawale signed an extension in 2015 and took over the reins as fullback with the team’s release of former Pro Bowler Marcel Reece.
Murray got the bulk of the carries, usually matching the totals of Richard and Washington combined. But all indications are, the 6-3, 225-pounder will be allowed to test the market allowing another team to step up and offer more than the Raiders are willing to pay to keep him.
Condition: Touch and go
This time last year, the team needed speed backs to go along with Murray. They got those in Washington and Richard. Now, Murray’s time in Oakland could be coming to a close which means the team needs a new workhorse and/or short yardage back to go with the speed backs. After finding Murray in the 6th, Washington in the 5th, and Richard as a tryout player, they probably figure they can just do that again.