We all knew that Darren McFadden would go down with an injury at some point but it is a shame that it has happened so early in the season. Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had his hands tied on who he could bring in to help McFadden which is why he signed Rashad Jennings to a low risk contract. We all thought McKenzie snagged McFadden’s potential replacement when he drafted Latavius Murray in the 6th round this year.
Murray is a physical freak who is not only one of the fastest running backs drafted (4.38 40 yard dash) but also one of the biggest (6’3 223 pounds). In his lone preseason appearance, Murray showed the raw potential that the coaching staff was raving about.[youtube id=”PAu8aoMGz60″ width=”600″ height=”350″]
Unfortunately, Murray was put on the IR after suffering a knee injury in the preseason. It was really important that the Raiders got a look at Murray this year because it looks as though McFadden’s days as the Raiders starting running back are coming to a close. Obviously Jeremy Stewart and Rashad Jennings are not talented enough to become every down running backs for a playoff team but they can play for a backup role next year.
For the first time in recent memory the Raiders have all of their top draft picks next year. However, the Raiders have holes on the offensive line and defensive line that would be more important to fill in the draft. The Matt Flynn trade might come back to haunt the Raiders as the 5th round pick they traded to Seattle could have been used on a solid running back. Hopefully, Murray comes back to full strength and is the star player that many felt he would be this year.