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DeAndre Washington thrives on creating mismatches

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DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

NAPA — DeAndre Washington assessed the situation and knew it was going to be “an easy win.”

The rookie running back was set to run an angle route out of the backfield in his NFL exhibition debut last week and saw the Arizona Cardinals had defensive end/outside linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo lined up on him.

“I was licking my chops,” Washington said.

The route had Washington start out running toward Okpalaugo, then quickly cut at an angle back toward the middle of the field. The defender never had a chance and stumbled for the next seven yards after Washington blew past him and made the catch and run for 32 yards. Continue Reading

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Training camp: Raiders show some color as they report to Napa

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NAPA — The Raiders want to be known as one of the better teams in the league.

With they reported for training camp Thursday at the Napa Valley Marriott, they at least confirmed to be among the most colorful.

Marquette King was the leader in that department. The fifth-year punter strolled into camp on Thursday rocking a full-face green Power Rangers mask, causing even star pass rusher Khalil Mack to crack up. Mack quickly whipped out his phone to capture the moment on Snapchat.

A few minutes later, new cornerback Sean Smith backed his large SUV up and checked himself in while wearing a hat with large gold letters spelling out his last name. He also rocked a pair of Superman chains around his neck. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Running backs

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Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders' running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders’ running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Our focus turns to running backs for part nine of this 10-part feature breaking down the Raiders’ training camp roster. 

Latavius Murray gave the Raiders their first 1,000-yard running back since Darren McFadden in 2010. But to say the Raiders had an effective running game last season would be inaccurate.

Oakland finished 28th in the league in rushing, with Murray’s 1,066 yards accounting for 73 percent of the Raiders attack. That’s not good. Also not good was that Murray only averaged 3.5 yards per carry over the final five games and 3.6 in the second half of games. Continue Reading

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Latavius Murray driven to make Pro Bowl again ‘on my own terms’

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Raiders running back Latavius Murray wants to return to the Pro Bowl on his own terms this season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders running back Latavius Murray wants to return to the Pro Bowl on his own terms this season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray made the trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl last season, but it didn’t leave him fully satisfied.

Murray was added to the Pro Bowl roster only after the Carolina Panthers advanced to the Super Bowl and a replacement was needed for their running back Jonathan Stewart.

“I want to get there next year on my own terms and on no one else’s,” Murray said Tuesday at the start of OTAs. “It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun and I’m definitely stoked I got the chance to go, but I want to make it on my own terms and what I do on the field.” Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Raiders grab running back DeAndre Washington in fifth round

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The Raiders hope to have found their backup running back in Texas Tech's DeAndre Washington. (Texas Tech athletics photo)

The Raiders hope to have found their backup running back in Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington. (Texas Tech athletics photo)

The Raiders addressed their need for a reserve running back by taking Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington in the fifth round Saturday.

The 5-foot-8, 204-pound Washington rushed for 1,492 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Red Raiders, plus caught 41 passes for 385 yards in Tech’s pass happy offense.

“We actually ran the ball quite a bunch,” Washington said on a media conference call. “Playmakers make plays at the end of the day. I’m excited to be a part of this Oakland offense and look forward to doing big things.” Continue Reading

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