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From running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones to receivers like Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Raiders have an abundance of speed on offense. They even have a former college wide receiver playing fullback in Marcel Reece, giving Oakland speed throughout the offense to take advantage of favorable matchups.

“Depending on people’s defensive structure, we can put players like that who are a matchup advantage for us in positions to take advantage of maybe inferior one-on-one coverage defenders,” Saunders said. “The whole precept of this organization in the past has been draft speed. Get guys that can run fast. Now what we have to do as coaches is make sure they’re in the right places to run fast by people that they can run by.”

The Raiders didn’t show much of that in the preseason, losing all four of their games and scoring only three touchdowns. But McFadden didn’t play a single snap, Ford played only briefly in the fourth game and Oakland used what Jackson described as a “vanilla ice cream” offense.

The full offense should be on display for the opener Monday night in Denver.

Notes: The Raiders held their first night-time practice Wednesday to prepare for the opener, bringing in two banks of lights. … WR Louis Murphy, S Mike Mitchell and TE Kevin Boss sat out with injuries. … WR Chaz Schilens said he is good to go for the opener after missing the final three exhibition games with a knee injury.