Murray isn’t the greatest receiver out of the backfield, but he was targeted a combined 96 times in his final two Raiders seasons. Lynch doesn’t offer much in the passing game, either, but during his final two full seasons with the Seahawks, he got 92 targets. Lynch was more efficient there in that sample size, with 73 receptions vs. Murray’s 74.
Other than Lynch in and Murray out, another key change in camp is having a second capable power back, seventh-rounder Elijah Hood. The rookie (5-11, 230 pounds) is built like Lynch (5-11, 215 pounds) and carries the same weight as Murray. He can be more than an early-down pounder, but with his inexperience, that’s Hood’s initial, natural reserve role.
With Taiwan Jones being released and Jamize Olawale left as the lone fullback, the Raiders seem set on their four running backs, with Lynch and Hood as the primary ball-carriers and Richard and Washington toggling as third-down pass catchers.
“All of those people that were, ‘Go ahead Colin Kaepernick, we’re proud of you,’ Smith said, “Where are you now? Do you pay his bills? Do you employ him? Are you going to make up for the $12 million he missed out on?
“So when you sit up, and you’re going, ‘Bravo, Bravo, Colin Kaepernick,’ where is it going to get you?”
Yes, many in sports media (including myself) admire Kaepernick for putting his career on the line for his personal beliefs. But did ESPN, Time and other media boosters underestimate the anger and resentment of #BoycottNFL fans who saw Kaepernick’s protest as un-American and insulting to Lebron James Cheap Jerseys police and the military?
Will Smith’s own cost-cutting ESPN hire Kaepernick if his NFL career is over? The Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys network can’t get get enough of the Kaepernick story — it led Monday’s noon “SportsCenter with his job prospects.
“They don’t know how to deal with him.”