The Morning Stake | 2018.03.16

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NFL Free Agency. Not a ton of time here to get to everything, but Michael Crabtree was released by the Raiders yesterday, but Cody Davis ended up signing a free agent deal with Jacksonville yesterday after spending the entirety of his career with the Rams.

Running Back Carousel. A-J Media’s Don Williams spoke with head coach Kliff Kingsbury about the running back competition (I think we’ve heard these quotes before before the break, so I don’t think they are new) and Kingsbury wants to get the running backs more involved in the passing game:

If the Red Raiders achieve what Kingsbury wants, not only will Ward’s and King’s rushing numbers go up, but so will their receiving stats. In Ward’s one year to play, he caught 18 passes for 131 yards and no touchdowns. In King’s first year as a Red Raider, he had 17 catches for 104 yards and no TDs.

“I really want to get those guys going in the pass game more, Tre and Da’Leon,” Kingsbury said. “I didn’t think the last few years we’ve done a good job of finding our backs at quarterback — checking it down, doing things like that.

“That’s really on me as a coach to get them more involved in the passing game.”

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