The Oakland Raiders have made some peculiar moves today as they cut rookie David Bass, kept four quarterbacks, and in a move that will provide plenty of banter to the Raider haters, kept both punters Chris Kluwe and Marquette King. However, they did make a smart decision by keeping FB/RB hybrid Jamize Olowale.
Second year man Olowale is the perfect player to play in the pistol offense, which is hopefully a sign that Terrelle Pryor is going to become the starter. Not only can Olowale make some key blocks to help Pryor and McFadden break loose in the running game but he can also take the rock himself. In fact, like Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece, Olowale was actually a wide receiver in college. The Raiders will basically be playing with six offensive lineman as their tight end will be primarily be a blocker, so having players who can catch the ball out of the backfield will be of upmost importance.
Teaming Olowale and Reece in packages with Pryor could make for a dangerous combination as all three of them can break long runs. Reece and Olowale could essentially be tight ends out of the backfield because of their ability to block and catch.
New offensive coordinator Greg Olsen must run exotic packages for the Raiders to have any chance of competing in ball games. With Pryor at the helm of the offense, the Raiders could run the read option and the pistol offenses which would help prevent defenses from blitzing. Jamize Olowale can be another important versatile player for the new look Raiders offense.