Raiders fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington will get a good shot at being the primary backup behind Latavius Murray.
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said, “we’re putting him in different situations to get a feel for he’s strengths and how we can tailor plays, tailor situations so he can really flash for us. He’s going to be good in first, second or third down.”
The team is looking for a second good back to help keep Murray fresh down the stretch. Taiwan Jones is more of a special teams back and Roy Helu Jr. disappointed last year so it seems the team wants Washington to step up and take over the RB2 role. Fullback Marcel Reece is suspended for the first three games of the season and the team has high hopes for Jamize Olawale to take over Reece's role.