Three Oakland Raiders Poised For Big Seasons In Year Two
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    Three Oakland Raiders Poised For Big Seasons In Year Two

    by Uplandram2 » 21 May 2017, 00:30

    Throughout the Oakland Raiders 2016 season, the team saw plenty of young talent contribute to the team’s success. Last year’s rookie class came in with some lofty expectations, and exhibited NFL-caliber play on the field, steadily improving as the season wore on.

    Looking ahead, here are three, second-year players who could take the next step in Year Two.

    Looking ahead, here are three, second-year players who could take the next step in Year Two.

    Running Back DeAndré Washington:

    In 2016, the Raiders running back corps was led by Latavius Murray – who is now a Minnesota Viking – and was accompanied by a dynamic rookie tandem of DeAndré Washington and Jalen Richard. Murray was viewed as the power back, while Washington and Richard served as change-of-pace scat backs.

    After being drafted in the fifth round (No. 143 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, Washington wasted no time in showcasing his potential at the team’s training camp in Napa, Calif., last summer. At 5’8” and 199 pounds, he’s built like a truck, but retains a nimble frame that allows him to shift directions quickly.

    Through the first nine games of the 2016 campaign, Washington made decent contributions, but didn’t truly break out until Week 16, in a Christmas Eve special against the Indianapolis Colts. On 12 carries, he exploded for 99 rushing yards, and averaged an impressive 8.3 yards per carry, which coincided with his two rushing touchdowns.

    Entering his second season, Washington has spent a majority of his offseason perfecting his craft, and has made his efforts known via social media. Washington has the talent to build on a strong rookie season where he totaled 467 rushing yards, two touchdowns, and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. In an already loaded offensive attack, the Silver and Black could see an even bigger emergence from their second-year running back, particularly on third downs, and in passing situations.

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