I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the Oakland Raiders may have the worst roster in the entire NFL.
What’s that? “It’s no secret” you say? You, dear reader are part of the solution.
Oakland’s front office, however, is on the clock as they signed off on this mess. Reggie McKenzie, take heed.
It starts with the skill positions. The Raiders are a bad team that loves wasting draft picks on questionable talent. Terrelle Pryor was taken in the supplemental draft (goodbye, 3rd round pick), and they traded two draft picks for the “quarterback” formally known as Carson Palmer (1st and 2nd round picks).
Now they have two QB’s at the top of their depth chart who, combined, can’t clean Aaron Rogers’ cleats. Who knows what those picks could have brought in? A solid offensive lineman (which, by the way the Raiders don’t have and sorely need)?
You look at guys like Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece and wonder: how long before they get hurt? When healthy, this backfield, pound-for-pound, could be the best in the NFL. But they’re not, in large part, because McFadden can’t stay healthy.
When he’s not healthy, that means the Raiders have to throw the ball to the likes of Darius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore. Who… you guessed it, are bad at football.
On the defensive side of the ball, there is not a single player who poses a threat to the quarterback…wide-outs, running backs, no one. Shockingly, they finished 15th overall on defense last season but in turn gave up 28 points per game, which is good for fifth worst in the entire NFL.
There are impact players out there via free agency and if you believe the rumors, will be available via trade. Percy Harvin is openly being shopped by the Vikings. Victor Cruz may not re-sign with the Giants. Although Greg Jennings’ sister wants him to play in Miami, he would be an upgrade to the entire wide receiver core. Ed Reed will play for you if you show him the money. Look at free agent Glenn Dorsey of the KC Chiefs to clog up the middle of the defensive line.
Raiders, there are big time players out there, go and get them!