Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on Thursday night

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on Thursday night

The Oakland Raiders offense has been much improved this season under offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, and that includes the Raiders rushing attack. 

The Raiders let veteran Darren McFadden walk in free agency after seeing what former 6th-round pick Latavius Murray could do after exploding in the final four games of last season. 

The third-year running back has responded nicely by taking grasp of the starting role and rushing for over 1,000 yards on Thursday Night when the Raiders took on the San Diego Chargers in their final home game. 

Murray entered the night needing just 44 rushing yards, and carried the ball 19 times for 79 yards and one touchdowns to give him 1,035 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season.

The game made Murray the first Raiders running back to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark since McFadden did it in 2010 with 1,157 yards on the ground.

The big back has become a key piece to the Raiders offense and continues to grow, making him a reliable back for the Raiders as they continue to develop the offense. The next step is finding a capable change-of-pace back to compliment him.

With Murray now having 1,000 yards, the Raiders now have a 1,000-yard rusher (Murray), a 1,000-yard receiver (rookie Amari Cooper) and a 3,000-yard passer (Derek Carr) for the season. This marks the fourth time they've had such a combination, and just the first time since 2005.


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