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Raiders are giving Lynn Bowden time to develop

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Raiders training camp has not been filled with a buzz about sensational rookie Lynn Bowden Jr. Even though he’s not receiving rave reviews immediately, the organization is not concerned with his development.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock recently spoke with season ticket holders about the development of the team’s young talent. When the Raiders picked Bowden, they did not expect him to be a day one starter. They saw plenty of long-term promise in their first meeting with him at the NFL Combine.

“What can you get done in 15 minutes to learn more about a kid? Jon (Gruden) does a great job with the coaching staff, putting stuff on the board, teaching them our verbiage, going to something else, showing video,” said Mayock.

“In the last five minutes we kind of come back to what we taught em about our verbiage and our plays to see if they can replicate the conversation we had 10 minutes earlier in our verbiage. To our surprise, Bowden sat there and spat it out, just spat it all right back out at us. Jon just started laughing. Jon was going nuts. That was kinda cool. That was the beginning of us trying to peel away the layers of this Bowden-cat.”

After watching his diverse set of skills on film, they believed he could primarily play running back at the next level.

“He rushed for 1,400-1,500 yards at quarterback. Sure, a lot of it’s zone read, but he’s running quarterback counter, quarterback power, which are traditional I-formation plays for a tailback,” said Mayock.

The Raiders are asking him to become a traditional running back in a new offensive system. They believe he’s up for the challenge and they’re willing to give him time to learn and grow.

“Like I’ve said with all the rookies, let’s take a step back and try to understand what he’s trying to do. Even though he’s coming from the SEC and he’s got heavy production at two positions, we’re asking him to play a completely different position. We’re putting a lot on his plate,” Mayock said.

“He’s got running back plays. He’s got punt returns. We’re going to ask him to catch the ball, so we’re asking an awful lot of this young man. Any time you ask a college player to play a different position it’s called a projection and you’ve got to give them some time. That’s the way I feel about Lynn. Lynn has come in and done everything we’ve asked. We just have to continue to give him the time to learn to convert to a running back primarily. And he’s never been that before.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Raiders are giving Lynn Bowden time to develop

  1. ByeDon 2020
    3:11 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    I think Bowden will have a good career in Vegas…probably even better than Benny in Pitt. But both sort of have the deck stacked against them. It is a tough league for a RB, so he needs to learn to make plays catching the ball like Tomlinson did late in his career.

  2. ClutchCargo
    3:31 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    I’m afraid they are shortening his career and wasting his talents by putting him at RB. I guess we will see.

  3. Mr.Incognito
    3:54 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    He could also end up a PPR god as a running back in the right system

    • ClutchCargo
      4:20 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

      That did occur to me as well. And this is possibly the right system. Christian who? 🙂

  4. BigBluSoTru
    4:18 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    As i’ve stated he is not going to do that same crap he did in college . Special teams player Gruden just fell in love with his attitude he will be out the NFL once contract is done

  5. michaelb
    4:21 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    Bowden will find success sooner than later … there’s too much attrition involved , esp at running backposition

  6. kjd
    4:35 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    Sensational in college. Has not had any opportunity to earn the adjective sensational in the NFL. Give him time. We’ll see.

  7. UKinIN
    5:18 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    In college Bowden’s strength was his vision. He saw openings and had the ability to make defenders miss. Because he doesn’t have top end speed we’ll have to see if that translates to the NFL. I really appreciate what the kid did for UK but, like Snell, I worry that Bowden isn’t as athletic as he needs to be.

    • FloridaCat88
      11:02 am September 3, 2020 Permalink

      How could you watch what he has done the last 3 years and question his athleticism? He may have some weaknesses, but athleticism is not one of them..