The Oakland Raiders have a promising running back in Latavius Murray, who is fresh off of a 1,066 yard performance during the 2015-16 NFL season and a Pro Bowl nod.
However, that did not stop the team from selecting another running back in the 2016 NFL Draft.
On Day 3, the Raiders used a fifth-round pick on former Texas Tech Red Raiders speedster DeAndre Washington, a smaller back who many believe will be used as a third-down back throughout his career. But it seems like the Raiders could have bigger plans.
Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie believes Washington can help keep Murray fresh, but he also believes Washington is much more than just a change of place player. McKenzie specifically praised Washington as a “complete back.”
“We think he’s a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly.” McKenzie said, via the team’s website. “He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he’s the total package as a runner. We really like him.”
If Washington can live up to those expectations and hopes from his general manager, the Raiders offense will have an incredible future with young players like quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper and Murray/Washington at key positions.
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