Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Why the Raiders Have the Worst Roster in the NFL

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!

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  • Jared Myers

    Downright stupid article. Of course, the Raiders roster is pretty bad, but this article never addresses the reason WHY. Al Davis finally died (no disrespect, but he was the main cog holding back the franchise) and left the Raiders in an extremely bad situation, financially and talent-wise. I have full faith and confidence in Reggie McKenzie to clean the place up — but he’ll need AT LEAST one more offseason to do it. That’s why the Raiders can’t “go and get them” when it comes to big-time FA’s.

  • sten swarty

    To be honest I think our roster is terrible. D line is aweful and irritating to watch them look like children against other O lines, Our O line did give Palmer quite a bit of time in the back field but our run game just didn’t get going this year, and DHB is somewhat of a bust. I hope DHB and D Moore show up next year if they’re still in Oakland. Raiders will be explosive on the run game if Run DMC can finally have 1 full season of play with the power run game coming back. We have to agree with this article though because seriously who are we better than? 1 thing the Raiders do have a number 1 in is fans. We are die hard and love the Silver & Black till death. I’ve been to many games in Oakland, and ever single time I eat the best pre game BBQ and have the best time of my life in the parking lot with all the fans. Then in game you’ll never experience anything greater than chillin with Raider fans having a great time. Especially when they win. Sadly I haven’t been for a couple years (economy related), but the last time I went we got blown out by SD on the monday night opener. I’ll always remember this one fan standing up on his chair in row 15 right next to me field level. Drunk as a skunk chanting “yea we’re getting our a** kicked, but hey it’s MONDAY NIGHT IN OAKLAND” ” MONDAY NIGHT IN OAKLAND.” Ahhhh the best people and I love them.

    • Ricky Bobby

      Moore will, Bey will not.

  • chucka1122

    This team has a lot of work to do to improve. It will start with trading down in the draft and getting more picks. They need to see if they can get anything for DMcFadden and McClain. They need to cut many of these players and start to rebuild. They need to give T. Pryor a serious look at QB. They need to get C. Palmer to restructure his deal or cut him. It is going to take time, but as a Raider fan, I am running out of patience.

  • THEeyepatch

    What a dreary article. It’s really not that fair to talk about Aaron Rodgers, most if not all backup QB’s in the league aren’t good enough to clean his cleats. Not just on the Raiders. This team will get turned around and I expect the Raiders to finish second in the AFC West this season. Just got to keep the faith.

  • Baily Deeter

    Good argument: as a Bronco fan, I know that this team sucks. They have a good player in McFadden, but he’s always hurt. Nothing else.

  • Ricky Bobby

    DHB sucks, he will be cut. Palmer, Kelly, Briesel, among others will be released. A few others will take a payout or be cut.