Last year, the Raiders started the season with veteran tailbacks Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, hoping one of them could duplicate the success that they were able to enjoy earlier in their careers. They responded by producing one of the worst rushing offenses in the Super Bowl era.
Instead, it was Latavius Murray who provided the Raiders with a spark on the ground. He enjoyed a signature game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12, when he rushed for 112 yards and the first two rushing touchdowns scored on the Chiefs defense that year, all in only four carries.
Murray is explosive with excellent top-end speed for his size. He also acted as a relatively effective short-yardage back for Oakland, and could catch passes out of the backfield on third down. If Murray can take a step forward, then he provides the Raiders with a consistent threat on offense.
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