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Silver Minings: Has Zamir White earned more playing time?

Antonio Pierce talks about the 2nd-year back and other young players

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The Las Vegas Raiders might have a running back controversy on their hands. While starter and 2022 rushing champion Josh Jacobs has been out over the last two weeks, backup and second-year pro Zamir White has put together two strong outings, rushing for 214 yards—5.5 yards per carry—and two touchdowns.

So, Raiders’ interim head coach Antonio Pierce was asked if White has earned more playing time once Jacobs returns.

“Like we evaluate everything, good players play,” Pierce replied. “If you’re a good player and you’re producing and helping us win, you win. But don’t get it fooled, I mean Josh Jacobs is one of the best running backs in the National Football League.

“If we have somebody who can help us out and contribute, it’s going to be right in that room, and Zeus [White] knows that. It was really good to see him finish the game the way he finished. Very strong, very violent, very explosive. Everything we’ve been seeing in practice came to fruition yesterday.”

Additionally, the coach was asked about other young players who have stood out to him and mentioned several standouts from the last few weeks.

“I’ll start with 51 [Malcom Koonce], start with [Thayer] Munford, go with Zeus [Zamir White], Big Mike [Michael Mayer] at tight end,” Pierce said. “Obviously, Jack Jones, that helped us. To be honest, a lot of guys. If you really look at it, really the last three weeks, you’ve seen the youth of our team from second-year players to rookies really step up when their name is called. Let’s go through the roster.

“(Monday), left tackle [Thayer Munford], second-year player, left guard [Dylan Parham], second-year player, quarterback [Aidan O’Connell], rookie, running back [Zamir White], second-year player. It’s just impressive. Jack Jones, a second-year player. And then all those third-year players who really haven’t contributed a lot like Malcolm Koonce really coming along and just being dominant now in back-to-back weeks. Wow, right? Wow.”

Las Vegas certainly has a strong young core and Pierce might be leading them in the future.

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