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Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Marshawn Lynch Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Marshawn Lynch

   Discussion: Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Marshawn Lynch
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to see more of the ball when the running back goes up against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.Lynch only had 31 yards rushing on nine carries in last Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and Gruden is looking for bigger numbers at Wembley Stadium in London when the former Seahawk gets his first chance to play his old team.Problem is http://www.chargersfootballauthentics.com/melvin-gordon-jersey-authentic , Lynch isn't the only offensive threat on the 1-4 Raiders who is looking for more touches."We've got a lot of guys who need to see the ball more," Gruden said after arriving in the British capital following a nearly 11-hour flight. "We've done some good things offensively. But good is not good enough. We need to start playing great offensively. To do that we need to see more of Lynch. And we need to see a bit more of the ball going across the goal line, that's the big thing."Quarterback Derek Carr also said he "definitely" wants to hand off more often to Lynch. He had 20 carries for 130 yards the previous week in the Raiders' only win against the Cleveland Browns."We want to be 100 percent balanced every time," Carr said. "That kind of balance is good for our football team. It's good me, it's good for him (Lynch), it's good for our offensive line."That balance also includes figuring out how to spread the ball around more evenly between Carr's top receivers, who have taken turns putting up big numbers in different games.Wide receiver Amari Cooper has been the most inconsistent, with two 100-yard outings mixed with a total of four catches for 36 yards in the other three games combined. Against the Chargers, he finished with one catch for 10 yards and was only targeted once.However, quarterback Derek Carr insisted that stat was a bit misleading."When I look at targets Womens Darius Philon Jersey , I don't look at it as I only looked his way one time," Carr said. "There was definitely multiple times I was looking his way. But they just didn't end up working out."Cooper is only the team's third leading receiver this season, behind tight end Jared Cook and former Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson.The two-time Pro Bowler said he's happy sharing the load, but also wants to see all of the team's top threats putting it together at the same time."We have a lot of guys with ability. A lot of guys who can go off and kind of take over a game, and that's a good thing," Cooper said. "We'd like to do it a bit more collectively, as a group. That would be better, and give us our best shot of winning."Lynch, who spent six seasons with Seattle (2-3) and helped the team win the Super Bowl in the 2013 season, was not among the five players who spoke to media at their hotel next to Wembley on Friday. But there's no doubt he'll be the main focus when the game kicks off on Sunday."He's had a lot to do with the Super Bowl ring that the Seahawks wear Womens Russell Okung Jersey ," Gruden said. "He was the heart and soul of that team. In a lot of ways he's the heart and soul of the Raiders right now. He's still running with that incredible physicality. He's been durable, he's practiced every day."Behind the scenes, he's one of our leaders. He's a bit misunderstood by a lot of people. But believe me, if you were coaching a football team, I think he'd be one of the first guys you'd want on your team." A.J. Green had surgery on his injured toe. Tight end Tyler Eifert is recovering from a broken ankle. Andy Dalton is gone, too, sidelined by a torn thumb ligament in his passing hand.What's left of the Bengals' offense? Running back Joe Mixon, who's settling into the role Cincinnati envisioned for him during last year's draft.Mixon carried a career-high 26 times for 111 yards and had a team-high five catches during a 26-21 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, Cincinnati's fifth in a row.With Jeff Driskel starting for Dalton and Green gone, Mixon is getting a chance to show the versatility that led Cincinnati to draft him in the second round despite the public pushback.Mixon either ran the ball or was the intended receiver on 10 of the Bengals' first 13 plays in Los Angeles in a game plan built around the running back."Some guys have to step up to even another level than they're used to playing at http://www.chargersfootballauthentics.com/philip-rivers-jersey-authentic ," Mixon said Wednesday. "I'm going to embrace it."The Bengals (5-8) will make him the centerpiece again Sunday in their final home game against the Oakland Raiders (3-10) , who are coming off a 24-21 win over Pittsburgh .Mixon has been one of the few bright spots in an offense that's unraveled as players got hurt, one of the few constants during a stretch of seven losses in the past eight games."He's a high-energy guy," Driskel said. "He's somebody that brings it day-in and day-out. He's definitely somebody who we can all lean on."The Bengals were castigated for making him the 48th overall pick last year. Mixon punched a woman in the face and was suspended for a season at Oklahoma, prompting other teams to pass on him early in the draft.Mixon played a limited role as a rookie, when he was slotted behind Jeremy Hill. Mixon had one 100-yard rushing game as Cincinnati finished 7-9.He ascended to the top spot this season, but missed two games because of knee surgery to remove torn cartilage. He ran for a career-high 123 yards against Tampa Bay and 111 against the Chargers.With a historically bad defense, the Bengals have had to play catch-up, limiting Mixon's chances to run. He's averaging 4.8 yards per carry, which ranks fourth in the AFC among backs with at least 100 carries.The biggest improvement in Mixon has been his discipline to follow the designed path of plays rather than improvising. He's running behind a better offensive line Youth Caleb Sturgis Jersey , and he's been more determined to take advantage of it."It's like a domino effect," he said.If he stays healthy, Mixon will top 1,000 yards after running for only 625 鈥?and a 3.5-yard average 鈥?last season. He's had five games with 100 yards rushing and receiving combined, the most since Hill did it five times in 2014. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had six such games in 2012.He'll get plenty of chances. Green had surgery on his injured toe Tuesday and won't return, leaving Mixon as their best option in December."We've got three more weeks," Mixon said.BURFICT STILL OUTLinebacker Vontaze Burfict remained in concussion protocol on Wednesday after missing the Chargers game. Defensive end Michael Johnson also is sidelined with a concussion. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was held out of practice with an ankle injury that sidelined him in Los Angeles. Left tackle Cordy Glenn had a limited practice Wednesday, an improvement after missing the past three games with a back injury.McRAE PRACTICINGCornerback Tony McRae was back at practice Wednesday on a limited basis. He suffered a concussion during a loss to Cleveland and was taken off the field on a back board as a precaution. He was in protocol the past two weeks. cheap football jerseys 

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