Oakland Raiders 2010s All-Decade Team: Offense
By Nick Ellis
Running Back and Fullback
Although Darren McFadden did not live up to expectations, he was by far the best back for the Raiders in this decade. Injuries held McFadden back greatly, but when he was healthy in 2010 he rushed for over 1,000 yards, as well as leading the team in rushing in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Skill-wise, Josh Jacobs is the best running back this team has had in the last ten years, but one season is not enough to take the spot. Other running backs that could be considered are Latavius Murray and Marshawn Lynch. Murray was a big part in the success of the Raiders in their 2016 season, but overall McFadden takes the spot with longevity.
Marcel Reese is the clear choice for this position, being the fullback for over half of the decade, as well as being one of the best fullbacks in the NFL every season. Reece made the Pro Bowl in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Reece was used heavily in the passing game with the Raiders, recording over 2,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, something that is unheard of for a fullback in the NFL today. Reece also recorded 844 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Amari Cooper played for the Raiders for three and a half seasons before being traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. In that time, Cooper had an up and down career as a Raider but was still the best receiver the team has had in the last ten years.
Cooper had back to back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015 and 2016, as well as a 680-yard season with seven touchdowns in 2017. Once things started to fall apart with Cooper in 2018, the Raiders traded him away for a first-round pick, but the work he did early in his career earned him a spot on this list.
Michael Crabtree was a touchdown machine in his three years in Oakland, recording 25 touchdowns in that time. Crabtree was the perfect complement to Amari Cooper, making big plays when needed and scoring in the red zone time and time again.
When the Raiders got in the red zone, it was clear that Derek Carr was going to throw a fade to Crabtree, but nobody could stop it. Crabtree’s career was revitalized in Oakland, while at the same time, Crabtree was a big part of revitalizing the Raiders offense, as well.
Jared Cook was a part of the Raiders in 2017 and 2018 where he had two of the best seasons of his career. In Cook’s first season as a Raider, he recorded nearly 700 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his work in 2018 that really earned him a spot on this list.
Cook was Derek Carr’s top target in 2018, as he recorded nearly 900 yards and six touchdowns for the silver and black. In two years of struggles for the Raiders, Cook was one of the few bright spots for the team.