Tricky Raiders offense could be underway with rookie RB working with QB room
There are no two ways about—in order to be a successful football player at the highest levels, one must be uber intelligent. Former Kentucky Wildcats standout and current Las Vegas Raiders rookie offensive weapon Lynn Bowdwen Jr. is the perfect example of such a notion as the first-year player most recently put his entire skill set on full display during his collegiate playing days in the SEC.
However, it appears as though Bowden isn’t quite done with being a versatile offensive player as his well-rounded approach will apparently be put to good use as a result of his first NFL campaign with the Raiders. Las Vegas offensive coordinator Greg Olson recently revealed that not only is Bowden working with the running backs, but he has also been working alongside the team’s quarterbacks as well.
Such a notion could make for some seriously impressive and entertaining trick plays from Las Vegas in 2020 (via The Athletic’s Vic Tafur).
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said that while rookie Lynn Bowden Jr. has been in the RB room, he has also been learning the QB position. “We believe he can do some of the plays at quarterback that he did in college.” #Raiders
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 4, 2020
Playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver during his time at Kentucky, Bowden will now primarily serve as a running back for the Raiders so it seems.
With soon-to-be second-year running back Josh Jacobs having a successful rookie campaign en route to solidifying himself as the team’s bona fide starter in the backfield, though, it remains to be seen as to how much playing time Bowden ultimately receives at such a position. Because of his unique skill set and super high football IQ, it appears as though the Raiders—and crafty head coach Jon Gruden—are ready to get creative in order to get him on the field as much as possible.