Within days of the Raiders drafting running back Josh Jacobs in the first round, the Raiders have lost the man with whom he was to share the backfield this season. Recent free agent acquisition Isaiah Crowell has torn his Achilles and is lost for the season according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Raiders’ RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles during a workout with the team Monday and is out for the season, per source. Crowell will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Brutal blow for a player who signed a one-year contract with Oakland.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 1, 2019
Crowell has 3803 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns in 51 career starts averaging 4.3 yards per carry over five NFL seasons. He added a proven starter to the team and would have made a great complement for Jacobs at the running back position.
The team may now need to add someone to replace Crowell as Gruden typically prefers to deploy two backs. Last year’s starter Doug Martin is still out there. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry for the Raiders last season and just turned 30 years old.
The running backs currently on the roster are Jalen Richard, Chris Warren III, and DeAndre Washington.