/Raiders preview: Marshawn Lynch brings new dimension to Oakland

Raiders preview: Marshawn Lynch brings new dimension to Oakland


USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones looks at how the big offseason changes in the AFC West will affect the division’s 2017 NFL season.

Training camps are still in the distance, but USA TODAY Sports is providing five things you need to know about every team in the NFL to catch you up on the offseason. Today, the Oakland Raiders …

1. Beast Mode has been activated

The addition of Marshawn Lynch invigorates an already-potent Raiders offense. Lynch will take the place of Latavius Murray, who left Oakland for the Minnesota Vikings. Lynch, 31, is a proven commodity, but will he be the same high-volume, workhorse type of running back after coming out of retirement? The last time Lynch took the field was during the 2015 season with the Seattle Seahawks, when he rushed for 417 yards and three touchdowns in seven games, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. If Beast Mode can return to anything resembling his former self (four consecutive 1,200-yard-plus seasons from 2011 to 2014), it will open the field for quarterback Derek…

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