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After the drama that lasted a few months, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is finally on the practice field wearing a Raiders uniform.
The move to sign Lynch was not just a move for public relations, but also to win football games.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, a person in Oakland’s organization believes Lynch will bring a “nastiness and venom” to the backfield in addition to improving the production from the running back position overall.
There seems to be a lot of optimism surrounding a player who hasn’t been on the field in over a year and the last time he was, he didn’t look so good, tapping out without finish half of the season.
Presumably mended and reinvigorated, Lynch’s most valuable asset might be the mindset and experience he brings to the young players on the Raiders.
Rookie Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu has already commented on how he felt Beast Mode would help his game, and it’s true that every football team could benefit from a player like Lynch should he play as hungry and be as fit as he has appeared early on with Oakland.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.