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Raiders | Still Focusing on RBs

The Oakland Tribune reports that although recently signed RB Rashaan Salaam may not be the final answer for the Raiders at RB and that even though the potential addition of RB Lawrence Phillips may not be the answer as well, at least the team is looking hard to fix one of their highest off-season needs- improve the running game. In fact, upgrading and diversifying the backfield may be the most significant off-season challenge for coach Jon Gruden and his staff. According to the Tribune, finding complimentary players to RB Napoleon Kaufman and not replacing him is what the Raiders are attempting to do. They need someone to get the tough inside yards, particularly in short yardage situatons. If Salaam can return to his earlier form, where he was a 1,000 yard rusher, he could be the inside force the Raiders need. The Raiders reportedly have not ruled out signing Phillips but the article specualtes that signing him would fly in the face of everything that coach Gruden has done in terms of collective character-building. Maybe Phillips has made an effort to clean up his act. Then again, every team would like to see a lot more to be convinced. We'll have to see how this plays out in the future.

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