Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on radio row at the Super Bowl XLVIII media center at the Sheraton Times Square New York. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Penn: Oakland Raiders will run 'until the defense stops us'

The Oakland Raiders have plenty of new faces on both sides of the ball, and they brought in several players to start at key positions on the offensive side of the ball. Matt Schaub will start next season, Maurice Jones-Drew will form a tandem with Darren McFadden at RB, James Jones could be the team’s top receiver, and Austin Howard and Donald Penn were two significant signings on the offensive line.

Penn recently spoke to SiriusXM NFL Radio, and he stated that the Raiders plan on being a run-first team, “We’re gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us.”

The Raiders seem confident in Jones-Drew’s ability to bounce back after two disappointing seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they will hope that a change of scenery and better blocking will help revitalize the former elite RB’s career. McFadden is also coming off of a couple of down seasons, so his key will be health and consistency. Rashad Jennings did a good job last year before signing with the New York Giants, and Dennis Allen will have to count on MJD if he wants his plan to run the ball heavily to work.

Schaub needs the support of a strong ground game after falling apart last season, and he certainly had a great running game while with the Houston Texans thanks to Arian Foster and Ben Tate. MJD and McFadden aren’t at that level, but they have enough raw talent to form a strong running game if they can bounce back and stay healthy.

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  • trinity

    I think the more they take it out of Matt schaub’s hands, the better. But at the same time, I’m not confident in the backfield either. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    OK, Joe Soriano, I do not now how u feel that MJD, or DMC is not talented as Foster and Tate. hen they been on far worst teams with less QB play. We also have a weapon you not know Murray. Also Reece. I must say I am getting excited that Manning or Rivers or Smith can’t be on the field cause of the mixture of the offense. We have 7 receivers, 4 TE, and 2 fb and 3/4 rb’s. If not practice squad. 1 great QB,1 future QB and a good 3rd stringer. We will be set for a good while. Hopefully we can keep drafting well Now if we can get the and find players with heart and pride.. Now in order to get a new stadium, make it a team that packs the house every home game. Like Seattle did.

  • B Christopher

    The Raiders WILL rush the ball very very good this season. It’s inevitable! Look what they’ve done the last two years. Jennings rushed for 4.5 yards per carry and 6 TDs. Marcel Reece is a 2x Pro-Bowler that is a VERY dangerous weapon. Add to that a healthy, for the time being, Run DMC. They did this last year and the year before behind an offensive line that was sometimes starting players that were at home in the couch the week before, watching the games, and then, next Sunday, they were starting at guard or tackle for the Raiders. The Raiders now have lots and lots of depth at both O-Line AND running back. They are stacked. Competition is fierce for the first time in a decade. They have a CFL league leading rusher that won’t even make the team, and also a guy that was spectacular for Notre Dame last year, and these guys are gonna end up not even making the final roster. I know everyone likes to bag on the Raiders, and they’ve deserved it the last decade, but, I can honestly say that this is the year that they have finally built a REAL FOOTBALL TEAM. A defense first kind if team that is going to run the ball. That is THEE winning combination in the NFL. No team ever leads the league in team defense without having a strong running game, and nobody leads the league in rushing unless they have a superb defense. Those two go hand in hand, and they compliment each other. The more you run, the faster the clock turns and the higher your possession time is, the higher the possession time, the better your defense is. We’re brought in some PROVEN winners. When you add that to a young hungry team full of TEAM FIRST players, and it’s a recipe for success. So, haters, you’re all gonna have to listen to me talk shit this year, cuz, we’re gonna stop you, we’re gonna run the ball down your throat, and we’re gonna hit that A-hole with a low number on his back everytime he steps back to pass on 3rd & long!!!!
    JUST WATCH!!! It takes 3 years to build a winner. This is really year #1 for the new regime as the last two years have been spent trying to get out from a negative $25M cap situation. We have a winner!