The Las Vegas Raiders have had a great start to their 2022 season. It makes it feel even better when you win your first preseason game by a mile, and it was never really a contest.

Some players played amazing in the Hall of Fame game. Some players definitely did not. One of the guys who did was rookie running back Zamir White.

White was the star of the show last Thursday, and he put some people on notice. He is a guy that media and fans will need to watch in 2022, as he could do some sneaky things this season as the second-string running back.

Raiders’ White could be rookie of the year

According to Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus, Zamir White is the one rookie on the Raiders that everyone needs to watch.

Here is what Renner said about White:

“White was one of the most explosive running backs in the 2022 draft class. At 6-foot and 214 pounds, he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He’s a no-nonsense, downhill runner – perfect for the run scheme new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels employed in New England.”

Just by looking at the past and how McDaniels coached in New England, you can make a very educated guess that White will get a lot of run in his first year in the league. McDaniels loves using more than one running back. Rex Burkhead, James White, and the list could keep on going. Even last year with Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris.

White will get his chance to showcase his skills during the regular season. So much so, that we could possibly see him up for the offensive rookie of the year award. Sharing the workload with Josh Jacobs will be tough, but we have every reason to believe that White will get plenty of chances to show he belongs.

This offense will be lethal. Adding a guy like White only helps that. We know that if Jacobs were to miss a game or two, as he did last season, White will be able to replicate that workload. I’m not saying that White is better or will be better than Jacobs. All I’m saying is that he is a rookie on the team that you need to watch for.

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