by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area published the Raiders’ snap count from Week 7 (click here to view). Interesting was the split among the running backs
42 – RB Latavius Murray
13 – RB DeAndre Washington
4 – RB Jalen Richard
Both Richard and Washington failed to emerge while Murray was sidelined, so it shouldn’t be a huge shock that he had a chance to return as the lead back. It is a bit surprising that he wasn’t eased back in, instead taking on a big role immediately.
While he did find the end zone twice, it’s not like he was overly impressive on the day (18 carries for 59 yards, an average of 3.3 yards per carry). That’s not going to get it done, though it wasn’t an easy matchup (the Jaguars have allowed the ninth fewest rushing yards to opposing running backs, at 515).
Things don’t get exceptionally easier, unfortunately, with the next four games coming against the Buccaneers, Broncos, Texans and Panthers. In other words, it’s hard to get excited about his prospects moving forward even if he does operate as the clear leader in the backfield (which isn’t necessarily a guarantee).
It’s not to say that he won’t be usable, but the matchups and the consistent struggles of Oakland’s running backs mean one of two things:
Either way, these next few weeks it is hard to envision significant change. Consider Murray a potential FLEX option, but hardly a must use.
Sources – NFL.com, CSN Bay Area