The Raiders signed two offensive linemen and a running back in free agency and it sounds like they plan to put them all to good use in the running game.
During an appearance with Howard Balzer and Mark Dominik of Sirius XM NFL Radio, left tackle Donald Penn, who is one of those new blockers, said that the Raiders are going to be committed to moving the ball on the ground during the 2014 season.
“We’re gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us,” Penn said.
A lot of things are going to have to fall into place for the Raiders to be successful with this offensive approach. Penn and new right guard Austin Howard will need to upgrade the blocking, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden will have to show they still have the wheels to thrive in the NFL and the passing game is going to have to be potent enough to keep defenses from flooding the box.
Hitting on all three would allow the Raiders to run the ball at will, but that may wind up being a long shot once the Raiders start facing opposition bent on keeping them from doing whatever they want to do.