The Oakland Raiders have not had much to hang their hat on in the 2018 NFL season. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worst with the recent update on Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch is reportedly dealing with a groin injury that looks to be rather severe. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, he could be out for a month and may even potentially be placed on injured reserve:
Sources: Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is out at least a month because of a groin injury. Lynch had his MRI this week. Oakland is on a bye, but the bad news continues. My understanding is that Injured Reserve is a strong possibility. Not good.
The update deals a striking blow to a Raiders offense that has already failed to find their footing thus far in the season. Not only is Lynch a fan favorite in his native Oakland but he was also an integral part of their approach. He had rushed for a team-high 376 yards and three touchdowns on 90 carries. Head coach Jon Gruden recently expressed optimism that he would potentially take on a heavier workload as the season went on. Unfortunately, it appears they will have to find other options.
Lynch’s injury opens the door for Jalen Richard and Doug Martin to carry the workload. Richard has already etched out a role as a receiver out of the backfield. He has logged plenty of snaps this season due to the fact that the Raiders are often playing from behind. As a result, he has registered 31 receptions for 253 yards through the first six games.
Meanwhile, Martin boasts a similar skill set as Lynch. This makes him more suited than to run in between the tackles than Richard is which could result in plenty of early-down work. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the pecking order shakes out in the coming weeks.