Jamize Olawale Clears the Tracks for Tay Train
After putting together two poor performances on the ground in Weeks 12 and 13, Raiders lead back Latavius Murray finally got back on track against Buffalo on Sunday.
His fullback Jamize Olawale paved the way.
Olawale was credited with the third-highest offensive grade (78.4) behind Carr and left tackle Donald Penn.
Olawale, a former undrafted free agent out of North Texas, essentially pushed former Raiders Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece out of Oakland after signing a three-year contract extension in Dec. 2015. He hasn’t looked back since.
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Against Buffalo, Murray followed Olawale en route to his 102 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Olawale has carried the ball 17 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns and brought in nine receptions for 197 yards and a touchdown in 12 games this season.
Because he often adds an added element to Oakland’s offense with the football in his hands, Olawale’s ability as a blocker is often overlooked.
When Murray has his next sensational performance, look no further than the man in front of him, No. 49.