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RB Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders

5-10, 223Born: 4-22-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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General News (Thu Jan 25): The Oakland Raiders are "undecided" on whether or not they will retain Marshawn Lynch, who has one year remaining on his contract. "I'd be doing Marshawn (Lynch) a disservice if I were to comment on what I thought of his play this previous season," said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. "Until we sit down, like I said, and do a real thorough evaluation and watching every carry that he's had and every catch opportunity to catch the football or run with the football, I really would not be making an educated comment on something like that right now."

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17 at LAC 41 19 101 0 3 2 18 0 0 11.9

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs LAC (19 / 101 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Lynch ended the season on a high note with a strong performance. He was able to break off long gains of 10+ yards six times, gaining yardage in chunks. Lynch had a couple early runs where he got into the secondary and then bulled through tackle attempts to push his way for extra yardage, flashing a nasty stiff arm. The Raiders had a well setup screen but Lynch dropped an easy short pass that hit him in the chest. Lynch was stopped for no gain on a 4th-and-2 toss sweep that developed far too slowly. Lynch had a 17-yard gain on a screen pass in garbage time. Lynch seemed to play better as the season progressed and may have shown enough to get another shot at starting next season.

2017 Week 16 vs PHI (25 / 95 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -3 / 0 rec)

Lynch ran hard and again shouldered a huge workload. He was able to pound away for tough yardage up the middle, gaining positive yardage with consistency. He only broke one relatively long run, however, with a 16-yard gain up the middle on the first play of the second half. Lynch had his first fumble of the season late in the third quarter. Lynch had some impressive runs late, including a vintage "beast mode" run of 11 yards through multiple tackle attempts that was called back due to holding.

2017 Week 15 vs DAL (16 / 76 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Lynch played a season-high 50 snaps (76% of the offensive snaps, also a season-high) and was a big part of the game plan. He wasn't able to really get rolling because the Raiders couldn't sustain drives in the first half. Unlike some past games, Lynch wasn't consistently picking up positive gains of 3-to-6 yards on every carry. He was dropped for a loss or no gain multiple times. However, he made up for the negative carries with some chunk gains that have come with more regularity of late. He accelerated off of left tackle for a gain of 19 yards and almost bulled his way into the end zone before being brought down at the 2-yard line to set up Michael Crabtree's first touchdown. Lynch had a tough run for 6 yards on 2nd-and-goal from the 8-yard line to setup Crabtree's second 2-yard touchdown. The Raiders first option down around the goal line is often to go to Crabtree if he's single-covered, which limits Lynch's opportunities for goal line work.

2017 Week 14 vs KC (7 / 61 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Game script and inconsistency led to a lack of opportunities for Lynch. Three of his first four carries went for one yard or less, which helped contribute to drives stalling. Almost all of Lynch's yardage came on two carries. An early run up the middle for 27 yards was vintage Lynch. He broke arm tackles and pin-balled off of would-be tacklers for a big gain. Late in the game against prevent defense, Lynch took one up the gut for a 22-yard touchdown. He was untouched through a big gap and easily ran through a half-hearted tackle attempt by a defensive back inside the five yard line.

2017 Week 13 vs NYG (17 / 101 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Lynch started the game off with a bang. After taking the first two carries of the game for a total of 9 yards, Lynch broke through a big hole right up the middle on 3rd-and-1 and was off to the races for a 51-yard touchdown. The Giants defense answered the bell on their next short yardage opportunities against Lynch, however, With 3rd-and-1 near midfield, Lynch was stuffed. They tried again to convert on 4th down and Lynch was blown up for a loss. Lynch's best play of the day was on a 3rd-and-7 reception. He caught the ball short and made a man miss in the open field to get the first down, then carried tacklers down the field to turn it into a big gain of 21 yards. It was a strong day overall for Lynch, who was finally able to break off a long gain.

2017 Week 12 vs DEN (26 / 67 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Lynch ran with tenacity all game and had a season-high 29 touches. It was tough sledding for him running up the middle but he was regularly able to power through first tackles and keep his feet moving for a number of 5-to-7 yard gains. There were no big plays whatsoever for Lynch as a runner, with the longest of his 26 carries going for just 7 yards. Lynch did have a pair of long receptions however, grabbing catches of 20 and 26 yards. Lynch scored a short touchdown fairly easily from one yard out on 3rd down but the more impressive run was actually on 2nd down the play before. He ran through multiple tackle attempts and almost bulled his way into the end zone despite being wrapped up by three Broncos. It was a strong performance from Lynch but the high usage level may not be repeated this season. The game script was perfect for Lynch, with the Raiders jumping out to a big lead early. Plus, Oakland's top two wide receivers left the game in the first half, which left Oakland little choice but to lean on the running game.

2017 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Lynch was the lone bright spot for the Raiders offense. He ran with power and explosion. His first carry, he stiff-armed a defender in the backfield and ran through a second tackler to make something out of nothing. Lynch showed a nice burst on a gain off of right tackle that went for 25 yards. He was able to make a man miss in the open field to cut back inside for a 10-yard gain on his only passing target. Lynch did look winded a couple times, tapping his helmet to come out of the game after three straight carries on the opening drive. The game script took away the opportunity for Lynch to possibly have a big fantasy day. The Raiders fell behind 24-0 before their fourth possession.

2017 Week 9 vs MIA (14 / 57 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Lynch played a season-high 57% of the offensive snaps. In recent weeks, the Raiders seemed to get discouraged when the running game would get off to a slow start and eventually stop trying in second half. Against Miami, Oakland remained committed to pounding away with Lynch. The Raiders were rewarded for their persistence, as Lynch slowly wore down the Miami front and pounded in a pair of second-half touchdowns. Lynch again started slowly. He touched the ball five times on the opening drive for a total of three yards. At halftime, Lynch had just nine total yards. He started to get rolling on the first drive of the second half. He powered through multiple tacklers for a 14-yard run and then finished off the drive with a 22-yard touchdown gallup. He burst through a big hole in the line untouched and made a nice open field cut to beat the safety. Lynch iced the game late with a 3-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter on a power run off tackle. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on and the Raiders will need to feature Lynch in future weeks for him to make a positive impact.

2017 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lynch played just 10 snaps and had two touches, runs of three and six yards, before he was tossed from the game. Marcus Peters took a shot at Derek Carr that many Raiders players took offense to and pushing and shoving ensued. Lynch sprinted onto the field and into the middle of the scrum to try to break things up. When an official stepped in front of him, Lynch shoved him and was ejected. He is facing a Week 8 suspension from the incident but is appealing.

2017 Week 6 vs LAC (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lynch rumbled for 15 yards on his first carry of the game. He cut through a big hole on the right side and was wrapped up by a defender eight yards down field but kept churning his legs, carrying the defender for another seven yards before finally being brought down. He opened the next drive with three consecutive carries for 14 total yards. Lynch dropped a swing pass that hit him right in his hands. A few plays later, he was targeted on a short pass over the middle and the ball bounced off his hands for an interception.

2017 Week 5 vs BAL (12 / 43 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Even with DeAndre Washington out, Lynch still didn't play half of the snaps (48% of the offensive snaps), splitting time almost evenly with Jalen Richard. With his modest passing-game work, it is hard for Lynch to carry much fantasy value in a part-time role. Lynch had some early success and looked as if he might be on his way to a strong fantasy week. He rattled off impressive runs of 7, 9 and then 6 yards for 22 yards on his first three carries in the opening five minutes of the game. He managed just 21 rushing yards the rest of the way though. While the Raiders opened the game as home favorites, the game script quickly flipped negative for Lynch. The Ravens jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes and the Raiders had to play from behind all day. Lynch scored a short touchdown untouched up the middle. Manuel scrambled for a first down at the 2-yard line and the Raiders went hurry up and snapped the ball before the Ravens were set, allowing the easy score for Lynch.

2017 Week 4 vs DEN (9 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Raiders tried to get Lynch established early but weren't able to. He had a decent early gain wiped out by a holding call. The Raiders tried to hit Lynch down the field on a first-down wheel route down the sideline, but he was blanketed in coverage. The Raiders first promising drive of the game ended with Lynch was stuffed well short of the line to gain on a 4th-and-1 carry. The Broncos were firing through gaps and getting to Lynch behind the line of scrimmage nearly every touch. When he was able to find modest space, he was quickly met by a swarm of defenders and unable to push forward. His long gain of the day went for just four yards.

2017 Week 3 vs WAS (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Lynch saw his snaps decrease for the third straight week, playing just 16 snaps total. The game script certainly played a role as the Raiders fell behind early in the first quarter and trailed by three scores for most of the second half. We are seeing that Lynch is capable of some major fantasy duds if the Raiders offense has to play from behind. Lynch continues to run with his trademark power on the interior and fought for tough yards on some early carries. But there are starting to be some signs that the burst to get outside isn't there at age 31. He tried to cut outside on an early 3rd-and-short but was easily tracked down and stopped short. His long run of the day went for just five yards.

2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (12 / 45 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Lynch again played well but didn't have the big fantasy day many expected in his home debut. He handled just 13 of the Raiders 33 touches at running back. The low usage was in part due to the Raiders jumping out to a huge lead. But it is becoming clearer that the Raiders want to limit Lynch's touches to try to get him through the season healthy. Lynch's backups, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have played well and Cordarrelle Patterson is also seeing time in the backfield. While Lynch should lead the backfield in touches and handle most of the goal line work, this looks like even more of a committee than expected. Lynch's best run of the day came midway through the first quarter on a 3rd-and-1. He burst through the center of the line and powered through first contact for a gain of 13 yards. Lynch's short touchdown came after a muffed punt set the Raiders up with first-and-goal from the Jets four-yard line late in the first half. Lynch was stuffed for no gain on first down. The Raiders went back to him the next play and Lynch had one of the more impressive two-yard runs you'll see. He should have been dropped for a three-yard loss but ran through three Jets tacklers to bounce it outside and pick up a couple yards. The Raiders rewarded him with a third-straight attempt that Lynch cashed in for his first Oakland touchdown. Lynch ran a draw from a shotgun formation and ran through a big hole up the middle. Lynch touched the ball just twice in the second half.

2017 Week 1 vs TEN (18 / 76 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Lynch looked fantastic in his Raiders debut. The explosiveness, power and quick feet that made him special in his prime were all present. Lynch took his first regular-season carry for Oakland 14 yards straight up the middle. Late in the first quarter, he showed definitively that he can still go into beast mode. On a 4th-and-1 carry inside the 5-yard line, he should have been stuffed for a loss. But he side-stepped the first tackler and then somehow powered forward for two extra yards when a second defender had him dead to rights in the backfield. One of the biggest differences between the 2017 Raiders and the 2016 team is having a back with the ability to make a play entirely on his own in short yardage. For some reason, the Raiders didn't reward Lynch for the effort and threw the ball unsuccessfully three straight times from the 2-yard line before settling for a field goal. Lynch made things happen when he was able to touch the ball with some space to run. He took a screen pass for 16 yards down the right sideline, patiently setting up his blocks and then finishing the run strong for a couple extra yards. He lined up as a wide receiver on the next play and was open, but Carr airmailed the pass after the quick snap. Lynch ran hard in the second half and helped the Raiders bleed the clock and hang on for the win.

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Latest News

Raiders | Jon Gruden wants to work with Marshawn Lynch (Thu Feb 15, 12:39 AM) - Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said that he doesn't know if RB Marshawn Lynch will be on the roster in the upcoming season, but added that 'right now, he's our leading ball-carrier, he's our back, and we're counting on him.' Gruden also mentioned: 'Hopefully we get an opportunity to work together.'

Our View: Gruden knows he could use a solid run game, and Lynch had moments last year. Still, he's on the wrong end of his career so we expect the Raiders to draft a running back at some point during the 2018 NFL Draft, though if Lynch is back, they won't spend an early pick on the position.
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Raiders | Marshawn Lynch has met with new coach (Fri Feb 9, 06:22 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch has met with head coach Jon Gruden on several occasions since the team hired Gruden, according to a source.

Our View: Lynch is in the final year of his contract in 2018. He was solid in a comeback season with the Raiders in 2017, but there were concerns about his return when Gruden got the job as the new head coach in Oakland. It looks like Lynch is good to go with Gruden, and he's at least a RB2/flex option for fantasy owners as the Raiders lead back in 2018.
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