Week one training camp review: running backs

The Oakland Raiders decided to hold on to Darren McFadden, but also added some depth by signing veteran Maurice Jones-Drew to help shoulder the load.

Also returning is second-year running back Latavius Murray, Jeremy Stewart and the Raiders also signed Kory Sheets and undrafted rookie George Atkinson III.

Lets take a look at the winners and losers of the running back corps after just one week of training camp.

Camp’s biggest winner: Maurice Jones-Drew. MJD looks fully healthy and has looked explosive in just one week of camp. He has also displayed his soft hands and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He looks like he could be a good pickup to help shoulder the load with McFadden, should both of them stay healthy.

Camp’s biggest surprise: Latavius Murray. We saw glimpses of Murray’s potential last training camp but it was cut short by an injury that put him on the injured reserve. Murray has shown great burst when he’s gotten the ball, as well as some nice hands catching the ball when given the opportunity.

Camp’s biggest loser: George Atkinson III. The son of a Raiders legend, Atkinson III quickly became a favorite of Raider Nation. While he wasn’t really expected to contribute on the offensive side of things, there was hope that he would be able to help a poor return game for the Raiders. He hasn’t quite been able to fill in and be successful, even dropping the ball a couple of times. Allen said on Thursday that he needs to hold on to the ball better to improve.


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