When you look at the Raiders in terms of depth on offense, they look rather solid. As a result, the cutdown process will yield a few surprises, mixed with outright shockers. With that said, some eyes will lock at the running back position. Perusing the roster, the Raiders currently employ five running backs. While Jon Gruden does appreciate a strong stable of rushers, five back does not seem ideal. Therefore, DeAndre Washington could face the fight for a roster spot.
Despite Washington’s lack of imposing size, he runs with surprising pop. Granted, he will not bowl anyone over. However, his low center of gravity assists him in the backfield. First, he can slide behind a mammoth offensive line and burst through a hole or to the outside. Next, Washington does not need much room to operate, sliding through on screens and draws. Lastly, in space, Washington uses slight movement to change direction, just enough to avoid defenders.
In Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders have their lead back. Doug Martin serves as the backup. For Washington, he would need to operate with limited snaps. In addition, special teams need to become his calling card. Whether it’s returning kickoff or making tackles, Washington must do something to keep himself valuable.
Competition with Richard
Chances remain high that Washington and Jalen Richard will battle for one roster spot. If you had to wager, Washington possessing the slight advantage. Washington is built more for the bruising running scheme. In addition, we would provide a sturdier blocker. Moreover, Richard’s ball security issues could continue to haunt him. We all remember the eight fumbles. Jon Gruden abhors fumbles and Richard’s 2017 must be thoroughly examines.
Once upon a time, Reggie McKenzie’s draft picks enjoyed a much longer leash and ability to stick around. Now, Jon Gruden casts away draft picks with regularity. Washington must know that he cannot endure a bad preseason and expect to stick.
In essence, DeAndre Washington profiled as the kind of player that Jon Gruden wants. On the other hand, getting complacent would be the most foolish of moves. Preseason usually provides some unknown to leap up and grab a spot. In that case, Washington’s job is not the most secure.