Reggie McKenzie: Raiders looking to go 'Beast Mode' in 2018

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Sitting in the stands at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium during the NFL scouting combine last month, the Oakland Raiders general manager was spied sporting a T-shirt that read, "BEAST MODE."

“I can’t believe they caught me with that,” nfl jersey cheap McKenzie said with a laugh Monday at the NFL owners meetings. “I had a jacket on, and somebody saw that emblem.”

This much is no joking matter, however: The Raiders are excited to bring Marshawn Lynch back for the second year of his two-year contract after acquiring him from the Seattle Seahawks last spring to lure him out of a one-year retirement.

Lynch was the Raiders’ best offensive player in the second half of the season, when he rounded into shape, was used more and, well, produced.

After averaging 3.7 yards per carry in Weeks 1-7, rushing for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 attempts, Lynch served a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee. After returning, Lynch averaged 4.6 yards per carry while rushing for 625 yards and five TDs on 135 carries in eight games. His 50 missed tackles forced on the season were sixth of any running back in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.

“No. 1, it means that he really wants to be here and be a part of this,” McKenzie said. “And I think it means a lot to that locker room and the offense, mainly, that we have full intentions on being a physical offensive football team under Jon Gruden. That’s what it means, No. 1.”

Earlier in the day, Gruden told ESPN that he wanted a certain type of player.

“I just like guys who love to play,” Gruden said. “Guys that will compete. Guys that will play for nfl authentic jerseys We haven’t signed a lot of household names around the league, but we, I think, have brought in guys that are going to be consistent, everyday grinders, man. Guys that are going to compete their ass off and fight for inches and know what to do and set a tone.

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