Missing Pieces: Adding Quality Depth Makes the Raiders Dangerous
If the Raiders truly want to compete for the NFL’s biggest prize, competition will drive it. The “fight for your roster spot” mantra is a staple. Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie must gather as much talent as possible. meaning, regardless of position, capable backups are needed. The Raiders own serious depth issues. For this reason, the draft and June 1 free agency requires freakish attention.
Also, the following dilemma for McKenzie: There’s a lack of talent even among group that have numbers. For instance, the offensive line ranks among the league best. But, we recall injuries to Osemele, Penn and Hudson. McKenzie thinking about who to cut speaks to quality depth.
On quick glance, the position groups that have adequate depth are: Quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, right tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle and cornerback. Provided McKenzie can land a talented contributor regardless of position in the draft, it would be a sound investment.
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Want an example? Landing another talented receiver in the draft can do one of two things: 1. Push No. 3 wideout Seth Roberts to do better. 2. Said draft pick takes the position outright. Imagine Baylor receiver KD Cannon taking Roberts’ spot.
Here’s another: Oakland does land Marshawn Lynch. He’d be the power component to dynamos Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. But that shouldn’t preclude the Raiders from nabbing Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine or Pittsburgh’s James Conner.
Adding quality depth also helps ensure there won’t be a steep drop-off from starter to backup. Preparation for the worst case scenario is a must. Especially after the disastrous end to the Raiders’ campaign last season.
Legitimate competition will also aid those considered franchise types. Quarterback Derek Carr, end Khalil Mack and wideout Amari Cooper each exhibit self-motivation . They are types that don’t need a push to get excel. But even an extra push, no matter how small has the potential to propel Oakland to whole new level.
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