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There are holes all over the place for the Raiders will to fill this offseason.

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Help is needed on every level of the defense and Derek Carr needs major upgrades to his skill position players. Focusing on the offense Tim Brown Jersey , with the exception of the line and quarterback (some will argue that) the Raiders need to address running back, wide receiver, and, if Jared Cook leaves in free agency, tight end as well.With the running back position there are several directions they could go.Where Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock decide to go is for us for speculation.Whichever option they decide to go with it’s been far too long since the Raiders have had a dominant run game.What’s on the rosterMarshawn Lynch and Doug Martin were the team’s leading rushers last season and both are set to become free agents.Jon Gruden stated last week he would welcome a Marshawn Lynch return.Even if that was to happen, he will turn 33 in April and is coming off his second major groin surgery.He can’t be expect to be the bell cow back at this point.Doug Martin who filled in nicely for Lynch is also an option.In January, Martin turned the dreaded age of 30 for running backs.In Lynch’s absence, Martin gained 723 yards on 172 attempts.If Martin is willing to take a team friendly short-term deal, it seems it would make sense to bring him back.Martin is not the long-term option at running back.That leaves Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, and Chris Warren III.Gruden is high on Richard after catching 69 passes for 607 yards last season so it seems likely he will be back in the mix. Warren was a fan favorite after his impressive preseason, the Raiders didn’t have room for him on the active roster so decided to stash him on the injured reserve after knee surgery in September. He should be given every opportunity to make the team in 2019.DeAndre Washington missed a ton of time in the training camp with a knee injury. He was never able to establish a role for himself and could be the odd man out.Free agency The free agent running back class is not loaded with talent but there are a few names that the Raiders would be wise to engage in discussions with.The cream of the crop is Le’Veon Bell.Bell is a top five back in the league, a player of his talent would take a huge load of the shoulders of Derek Carr.Bell turns 27 in February, is in the prime of his career, and coming off a season where he did not play a single snap.Raider Nation is salivating at the thought of Bell in Silver & Black.If the Raiders would like to add the services of Le’Veon Bell they better be prepared to back up the Brinks truck. Bell is looking to get paid on a longterm deal.The Raiders have the cash available but the question is whether they want to invest $15-17 million dollars on a running back.Keep in mind the Steelers have the ability to use the transition tag on Bell, meaning teams can offer Bell a long term deal and the Steelers would have five days to match the offer or let him walk.The transition tag period is from February 19th to March 5th.The consolation prizes would include Tevin Coleman (25), Mark Ingram (29), T.J. Yeldon (25),Mike Davis (25), Alex Collins (24), and Peyton Barber (24).Coleman, Ingram, and Yeldon have the skill set that Gruden looks for in his running backs but they should have plenty of suitors which means a bidding war that the Raiders might not be interested in.NFL draft The trendy pick linked to the Raiders in many expert mock drafts is Josh Jacobs from Alabama.ESPN’s Todd McShay is the latest to mock Jacobs to the Raiders at pick 27.Jacobs was never really “the guy” for Alabama Ted Hendricks Jersey , in three years he totaled only 251 carries.However, this year, down the stretch he was Alabama’s go to guy (ahead of Damien Harris) even winning most valuable player in the SEC championship game.Jacobs draft stock is rising.A good combine performance will only continue his rise up draft boards.Getting a back like Jacobs with one of their later first round picks could be good value for the Raiders.Should the Raiders decide to add a back later in the draft some names to keep an eye onwould be David Montgomery (Iowa State), Damien Harris (Alabama), Devin Singletary (FAU), Darrell Henderson (Memphis), and Mike Weber (Ohio State).With all these options and the top two Raiders backs’ contracts up, we could be looking at a very different offensive backfield in a few months.Raiders preseason week three snap counts vs Packers: Doug Martin finally gets extended work with not great results It was a surprise last week when Doug Martin was among those who didn’t dress against the Rams. Some thought he was in a competition for a roster spot. There was plenty of evidence to suggest his roster spot was secure, and sitting out that game with Marshawn Lynch was arguably the most glaring proof of that.Last week offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Martin and Lynch would get ‘a couple thuds’ in the game and then be pulled. Lynch ended up getting no ‘thuds’ while Martin got 6 of them on 16 snaps.Prior to these 16 snaps, Martin had seen a total of four snaps this preseason. Four. With just one carry for three yards. That’s right at his yard per carry average the past two seasons. How that earns starter treatment is a bit of a mystery. But Gruden is convinced.“He’s showed us a lot,” Gruden said of Martin. “We think he’s a really good back.”What he’s shown Gruden has been all in practice. When defenders aren’t allowed to tackle to the ground. What he showed in his 20 preseason snaps hasn’t quite as convincing.Martin has run the ball 7 times for 27 yards (3.8 ypc). He broke out left untouched in the game Friday night for a 16-yard gain. His carries between the tackles left you a bit concerned. They went for 3, 3, 0, 0, 3, and 2 yards (1.8 yards per carry). We are going to need to see more. Even if Gruden doesn’t.Snap countsreseason week three snap countsOffenseDefenseSpecial Tms (select)OffenseDefenseSpecial Tms (select)Noteserek Carr and the first team offensive skill position players saw one series before exiting the game.The first team offensive line stayed on the field when Connor Cook entered for the second series. They played into the second quarter as Gruden said they would.Seth Roberts had missed the first two preseason games with an undisclosed injury. Presumably to make up for lost time, Roberts led all Raiders players on either side of the ball in snaps (51) playing 73% of the offensive snaps. Despite his extended playing time, Roberts saw just one target and it fell incomplete. It was a shot at the end zone from short yardage that EJ Manuel overthrew. Two other targets were nullified by penalties.Shilique Calhoun led all Raiders players in total snaps with 48 on defense (63%) and 13 on special teams (50%). In that time, he had one sack, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 QB hits.Johnny Holton played 17 snaps on special teams (74%), but didn’t see a snap on offense.Donald Penn played 20 snaps (29%) in his debut at right tackle. See a breakdown of rough outing here.Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was signed this week and played nine snaps in the game (12%).Follow @LeviDamien


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