The 2000s All-Raiders Offense: The Backs

With the 2019 season approaching, I figured it would be appropriate to determine an All-Raiders team for the last 19 seasons. In this article, we will exclusively look at the following positions: quarterback, running back and fullback. Other offensive positions and defense will come later (this is article one of six). Of course there is a lot of ambiguity when it comes to determining this, so if you disagree or would swap one player out for another, feel free to comment your opinion! Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and get the conversation going.

Reminder: this is exclusively for what players did as Raiders from 2000 to 2018. Thus, there may be players who had great careers but aren’t on this list because the end of their careers or tenure with the Raiders was in the early 2000s.

Quarterback: Derek Carr

While some have grown frustrated with Oakland’s current quarterback, Carr is cementing himself in the Raiders history books. The three time Pro Bowler is on pace to lead the organization in every statistical category pertaining to quarterbacks. Assuming he avoids injury, in 2019 Carr should replace Ken Stabler as the Raiders passing leader in both yards and touchdowns.

Running back: Darren McFadden

The former number four overall pick battled injuries throughout his career, but still ranks sixth in career rushing yards and eighth in rushing touchdowns. While McFadden’s career was certainly frustrating, he is arguably one of the more productive players during the darkest period for the organization.

Fullback: Marcell Reece

The former wide receiver at the University of Washington made an unusual position change in the NFL by converting to fullback. This transition helped Reece find his niche as a receiving threat coming out of the backfield. A handful of Pro Bowl appearances also help put the former Husky on this list.

Honorable Mentions

Quarterback: Rich Gannon

In regards to quarterback, there are only two options for this list: Carr and Gannon. The decision between these two is a tough one because if you’re going by accolades, Gannon being a former MVP would get the nod. However, Carr is superior statistically. In my opinion, I don’t think there is a wrong answer between the two.

Running back: Tyrone Wheatley

The majority of his career was in the 2000’s and Wheatley ranks fifth in career rushing touchdowns and eighth in rushing yards for the Raiders. The running back was also an integral piece of the 2002/2003 Super Bowl team.

Be sure to comment below with any players you feel should be included!

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