The Facts: The Raiders sought help this offseason for Latavius Murray. Ultimately, the Raiders went to the draft to grab Washington in the fifth round with the hope he provides that needed support for Murray. "Latavius did have to carry a majority of the load, so it will help," OC Bill Musgrave said of adding a complementary back. "I think we have a really good stable of runners right now. Someone will emerge."
Diehards Line: At 5-8, 204 pounds, the stoutly-built Washington provides a different look for defenses than the 6-3, 225-pound Murray. Even in a pass-happy attack at Texas Tech, he averaged over 200 carries per season the past two years for the Red Raiders and had 124 career receptions in four years. Nothing's been guaranteed to Washington about his role, but he did see some time with the first-team offense during the team's minicamp. Musgrave sees Washington as a player who can do a little of everything for the Raiders offense, plus help out on special teams. "He's really worked well for us thus far," Musgrave said. "So we're putting him in different situations to get a feel for he's strengths and how we can tailor plays, tailor situations so he can really flash for us. He's going to be good in first, second or third down."