|Offense||24th||91.1 (28th)||242.4 (16th)|
|Defense||22nd||104.9 (12th)||258.8 (25th)|
GM Reggie McKenzie dismisses the notion that the 5-foot-8, 204-pound Washington is strictly a third-down option for the
"We think he's a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly." McKenzie noted of Washington, who the Raiders selected in the fifth round (No. 143 overall) of the recent NFL Draft. "He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he's the total package as a runner." At this stage, Latavius Murray remains atop the team's running back depth chart and at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, he's well-equipped to continue to handle an every-down role. Still, it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which Washington is able to eventually overtake Taiwan Jones, George Atkinson and Roy Helu in the team's backfield pecking order behind Murray, and if that happens, the rookie could carve out a degree of PPR utility in 2016.
Clive Walford injured his knee in an ATV accident earlier this offseason, FOX Sports reports.
Walford will miss spring practices, but he's ahead of schedule in his recovery and is expected to be available at some point during training camp. A 2015 third-round selection, he split snaps and targets with Mychal Rivera as a rookie, posting a 28-329-3 receiving line on 51 targets. As the better blocker of the two players, Walford could be in line for a major role increase this season.
Rookie fifth-round selection DeAndre Washington will likely compete to serve as
Despite being connected to an assortment of big-name free agents and rookies, the
Ball emerged in Week 5 of last season by holding Denver TE Owen Daniels without a catch on five targets. The performance earned Ball his first career start versus San Diego in Week 6, but shortly into the game he suffered a knee sprain, was ruled out by halftime, and failed to take a snap the rest of the year. Ball will serve as depth for an imposing Raiders outside linebacking corps in 2016 behind Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, and perhaps Aldon Smith (suspension), should he return in November.
The Oakland Raiders selected in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 234th overall.
Alexander is an enormous figure but displayed bottom-grade athleticism at the Combine. The Raiders will try to groom him as a mauling guard.
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