Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch’s cousin says former Pro Bowler ‘loves’ Jon Gruden
Since the Oakland Raiders made the decision to hire Jon Gruden as the next head coach, there has been much mystery around veteran running back Marshawn Lynch’s future with the team. He is set to enter the second year of his two-year, $9 million deal.
Throughout the process, Gruden has been quite complimentary of the former Pro Bowler touting his ability on the field while voicing his belief that Lynch could be a “feature back” next season. During a recent interview on 95.7 The Game, Lynch’s cousin, Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B., stated that the 31-year-old has much respect and admiration for Gruden, via Raiders Beat.
“He loves Gruden. We talked about that earlier this week. He loves Gruden. He loves what Gruden has told him.”
”He told [Marshawn], ‘Man, I want to get you more involved in the offense.’”
”That has [Marshawn] getting into some of the best condition I’ve seen him in in a long time. He came in, he gave me a hug the other day after shopping. I was like, ‘Damn, cuz. What you on steroids?’”
It appears that Lynch is fully onboard with the game plan that the Raiders have ahead of him this upcoming season. He had shown to have plenty left in the tank last year in his first campaign back from retirement rushing for 891 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games played. This included recording more than 100 rushing yards twice, and more than 60 yards in each of the last seven games he took the field.
The addition of Doug Martin will take away from some of that workload, but it appears that Lynch will be the clear-cut starter next season. This could lead to him being a huge piece of the offense as the primary factor in the running game.
The only question that lingers is how much the Raiders will depend on running the ball in their offense under Gruden. With both sides each voicing excitement toward working together, it could lead to Lynch experiencing another highly productive campaign.