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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Many wondered how Marshawn Lynch would respond to spending an entire year away from pro football and we know now Lynch has looked a little rusty. Lynch has compiled 151 rushing yards and 1 touchdown over his first four games averaging a lousy 3.4 yards per carry. Now to be fair to Lynch Oakland has went away from their starting running back the last couple of games giving him less than 10 carries per game in the last two contests. In week 1 when the Raiders gave Lynch 18 carries he was much more effective putting up 76 yards and averaging 4.2 yards per carry. So it’s obvious that Lynch gets better with the more touches he receives and with Derek Carr out of the line up Marshawn Lynch should have a much bigger work load. E.J Manuel didn’t look that bad in relief of Carr last game but Jack Del Rio’s team should trust the ground game as the number one option moving forward. It’s just a safer bet to put the ball in Lynch’s hands than E.J Manuel’s at this point. Between Lynch and Jalen Richard the Raiders have two ball carriers who can make some magic happen run wise. Richard has averaged 6.1 yards per carry on the year so if he keeps playing as well as he has Lynch could actually lose rushing attempts to the up and coming back. One thing is for sure with Derek Carr injured (back fracture) for the next two to six weeks, Oakland has to find away to stay afloat until their star quarterback is back on the field. This football team needs Marshawn Lynch and his Beast Mode persona more than ever and it will be interesting to see if a 31 year old Lynch can rise to the occasion? However if things stay the way they are right now we could see Lynch retired again before we know it.
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