Head coach Jon Gruden knows quite well what he has in veteran running backs Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin. Hence, there’s no reason to heap too much of a workload on them during training camp and exhibition games. That’s a job better suited for younger players, those with something to prove at the NFL level.
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."