The Oakland Raiders cannot catch a break this off-season. After losing their most important offensive player Jared Veldheer for at least six games this year, they have just put their most intriguing offensive player, Latavius Murray on injured reserve, which will keep him on the sidelines until 2014. While Murray was obviously not going to become a starter this year because of the presence of Darren McFadden, Murray could have been an important offensive player especially with McFadden’s injury history.
The disappointing McFadden is heading into his contract year this season and there is no guarantee that the Raiders will sign him to an extension because of his injury history. Sixth round pick Latavius Murray could have showed enough potential this year to make McFadden expendable, but now he will be an unknown entity until the start of the 2014 training camp.[youtube id="UbsjQvVvb6w" width="600" height="350"]
In his one preseason appearance, Murray looked like a potential number one running back. Not only did Murray show the straight line speed that we all expected but he also looked like he was just as fast changing directions with his feet. Murray is built like a power back but he has the speed of a small running back.
The Raiders should be fine without Murray because of the presence of veteran Rashad Jennings. However, no one has really distinguished themselves as a solid third running back. Hopefully, Murray’s ankle injury is just a blip in the radar on the way to his illustrious career in the silver and black.