The Oakland Raiders certainly haven’t been on top of their game in over a decade and certainly shows when the team endured back-to-back 4-12 runs-and silent from the playoffs in over decade since their last Super Bowl run back in 2002 against where they took a bad lost to the Bucs coached by their former coach at the time Jon Gruden.
Now what remains a mystery in Oakland is if the Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie progressed and closer to reconstructing the team this offseason back to their winning ways. Or did he move them further back creating a deep hole already in the ditch.
Not saying the Raiders’ roster in the 2014 season will be much more recognized and full of flavor on the field. McKenzie signed on defensive side of the ball veterans like LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith to the front line and the team add from the other side of the bay ex-49ers Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown to their secondary.
While adding to the offensive attack veteran stars like Maurice Jones-Drew and James Jones. Jones is arguably the most significant of all the additions, Jones adds the most need dimension of the attack he is a legitimate top-two receiver added to a depth chart painfully bereft of such talent.
Not to mention the Raiders did add players for the future from the draft especially from the first three rounds by adding linebacker Kahil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and offensive tackle Gabe Jackson all to play tremendous roles in the coming seasons for Oakland.
For all the work to bring in players, McKenzie’s mark on this offseason eventually may be dictated by what he failed to do: namely, re-sign either Jared Veldheer or Lamarr Houston. The strong effort in free agency that followed, plus a strong draft, may help Raiders fans forget those equally puzzling decisions.
"We’ve got things going in the right direction. Everything we’ve done is offseason is about getting the Raiders back to where they need to be, back to the glory days of this team." Dennis Allen
The Raiders of 2014 have added gifted talent than their recent predecessors and, as such, should be more competitive. What will that mean in terms of Oakland’s record and its future?
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