DeAndre Washington in control of Raiders' number-two back gig
Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington has "grabbed hold" of the Raiders' number-two running back job, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Washington has scooted past Taiwan Jones after being listed behind him on the Raiders' initial depth chart. He also played behind 2012 undrafted free agent Jamize Olawale in the preseason opener, but the rookie fifth-round pick appears to be leading the competition for running duties behind starter Latavius Murray. There was also talk about UDFA Jalen Richard putting some pressure on Washington, but that has subsided after a knee injury forced Richard to sit out a handful of practices. Washington compiled 75 yards on nine touches in the Raiders' first exhibition contest. He is an intriguing option in the later rounds as a fourth or fifth running back with plenty of upside if Murray were to suffer an injury.
Our algorithms project Washington for a solid role in Oakland's backfield this year, with 104 carries for 396 rush yards and 2.15 touchdowns, to go with 38 receptions for 292 yards receiving and 1.19 scores.
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