Lynch had 12 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and gained another four yards on one reception (two targets) in Sunday's 45-20 win over the Jets.
The Raiders used Lynch to close out a 26-16 win in Tennessee the previous week, but Sunday's lead so so large that the team turned to backups DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. The 31-year-old back did score a two-yard touchdown right before halftime to salvage an otherwise quiet stat line in a game dominated by the Derek Carr-Michael Crabtree connection. While he could see a bit more work in Washington next week, Lynch seemingly isn't destined for the type of massive workload he typically handled in Seattle. It doesn't help that Richard has been excellent in his change-of-pace role, gaining 137 yards on 14 touches thanks to a pair of huge plays.
Lynch rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries and added a 16-yard catch in Sunday's win over Tennessee.
Lynch showed the same aggression, vision, and ability to cut quickly despite his size that made him a force up I-5 in Seattle - blasting through the arm tackles of Tennessee defenders along the way. There was some question how Lynch would fit into an offense that depended so heavily on the pass. The answer was evident on Sunday with 10 of Lynch's carries coming in the fourth quarter. Expect for the Raiders to look for knockout punches with the pass early and have Lynch finish opponents off with clock-eating runs late.
Lynch had two carries for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.
Lynch's Raiders debut only lasted four snaps, which was how long the team needed to score a touchdown on its opening drive. He showed nice burst on a six-yard run to start the series, though he might've had a longer gain if he'd hit a cutback lane with the same authority. While he could see a bit more work in the third week of the preseason, Lynch figures to get less playing time than the rest of the starters once again. The Raiders want to keep the 31-year-old healthy while also evaluating DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard with the first-team offense. Washington worked ahead of Richard for a second straight week, though the latter enjoyed a more efficient outing.
Lynch has made a great impression on his teammates through training camp thus far, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Lynch's practice habits drew some ire during his final couple years with the Seahawks, but the tailback has not missed a single session since joining his hometown Raiders. Along with building a strong locker room presence, Lynch's performance on the field has reminded teammates of his Pro-Bowl talent. The 31-year-old reportedly got the attention of onlookers with a burst of speed following a reception in Sunday's practice, heightening the excitement surrounding his introduction to an already-potent Oakland offense.
Lynch shouldn't have to shoulder a huge workload, Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
While seemingly locked in as the top rusher in a potent offense, the 31-year-old Lynch probably won't approach the type of workloads he handled in Seattle, where he had 280 or more carries and 313 or more touches each year from 2011 to 2014. The Raiders figure to mix in explosive second-year backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, with fullback Jamize Olawale potentially handling some of the passing-down work. Lynch should still have plenty of chances to find the painted area even if his overall workload is modest by lead-back standards, considering Latavius Murray scored 12 touchdowns in 14 games last season despite averaging only 13.9 carries per game.
|3||9/24/17||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/10/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
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