Oakland Raiders Roundtable: 5 Questions About The 2014 Season

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3. Who will be the leading rusher by the end of the season, MJD, Run DMC, or Latavius Murray?

August 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) is congratulated by running back

Jamize Olawale

(49, right) for scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Lambert: I’m tempted to say McFadden but his injury history is too much to gamble on.  I will say MJD.  It won’t be a huge year but 1,000 yards isn’t out of the question behind that big line.

Cody Pasby:  Probably won’t see any 1,000 yard rushers in Oakland this year but I’ll go with McFadden. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get a majority of touches with MJD becoming almost strictly a pass catching back.

Ben Greenberg: MJD will certainly have the first crack at featured back. The question here is health. I am cautiously optimistic, so I’m going to project MJD as the leader in attempts and yards at season’s end, though D-Mac may nip him in touchdowns.  That said, Murray certainly appears to be the future.

Nick Hjeltness: MJD.  Not exactly going out on a limb here, but this one obviously comes down to health.  MJD has proven to be much more durable than McFadden and he is also getting the first crack at the starting gig.

Aaron Candelaria: Darren McFadden. Here’s the catch though, this may be his make or break year. Yea, we’ve heard this for the past few years now, but with Latavius Murray (and now perhaps George Atkinson III) waiting in the wings, he’s gotta justify being the #4 overall pick back in 2008 or else he could be fighting for a roster spot next season.