Marshawn Lynch has been the No.1 running back on the depth chart since he came to the team. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard were seen as running backs No. 2a and No. 2b last season and Washington came into this season as the No. 3 back. This week the Texas Tech product has cemented himself as the head No. 2 back on the roster.
Washington has shown a knack for finding the end zone on the goal line which makes him a valuable weapon. Everyone already knew that Lynch had to be accounted for when on the field in short-yardage situations. The Raiders now have one more back that opposing defenses have to gameplan for and worry about as well.
Offensive coordinator Todd Downing recognizes Washington’s abilities and also knows what a valuable weapon he can be for the offense.
He’s got a nose for pay dirt. He’s certainly a guy that wants to get in that end zone. We saw it last time we played the Chiefs and he ran one of our one-back powers in there and then got in there the other day against the Giants. He’s a guy that definitely is going to fight hard to get into that end zone.
The stats for Washington and Richard are pretty similar, but Washington has shown he can be counted on when Lynch needs a breather. He has been more efficient than last season and has been a more effective weapon through the air.
Richard has shown a knack for breaking off big runs and is one of the faster players on the team but hasn’t been as effective in short yardage situations. That little detail has placed a small gap between Washington and Richard.
One this is for sure, however. The Raiders will need good games from all of their running backs this Sunday and moving forward if they are going to win the division and make the playoffs.