The Oakland Raiders used to possess one of the most dominating rushing attacks in the league back when Darren McFadden was on his way to justifying the top 10 selection. This offensive line would maul teams in the trenches its man-blocking scheme and McFadden was a threat to rip off nearly 200 yards on the ground any given Sunday.
However, 2012 would be a different story as McFadden struggled in Greg Knapp’s zone-blocking scheme and other Raiders backs including Marcel Reece would vastly outplay McFadden. With Mike Goodson having departed in free agency, another challenger for backfield carries has arrived in former Jacksonville Jaguars back Rashad Jennings.
“I think up to this point he’s done a nice job for us,” Raiders Coach Dennis Allen said from minicamp, via CSN Bay Area. “He moves well, he’s a big back. I think the telltale will be when we get into the pads does he run like a big back in the pads. We’ll find that out when we get to training camp.”
Jennings has been known mostly as the fantasy football handcuff for Maurice Jones-Drew throughout his career. After averaging 5.5 yards per carry in 2010, Jennings missed 2011 with an injury prior to the season. Jennings would disappoint upon return in 2012 behind a terrible Jags offensive line, only hitting 2.8 yards per carry on 101 attempts.
The bright side for Jennings is that Run DMC is often-injured, Reece seems more like a complementary hybrid back and this Raiders offensive line could get back to mauling in new offensive coordinator Greg Olson‘s man-blocking scheme.