A number of prominent names are flirting with the bench for the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Which ones have the hottest seats?
He entered the NFL with so much promise in 2008. Darren McFadden was considered one of the next big running backs like an Adrian Peterson or LeSean McCoy. At times he has certainly looked the part, but now the 26-year old is on borrowed time. He has never played a full 16 games in a given season topped 1,000 yards just once. This is his last chance to do something.
The potential oozing from the body of Denarius Moore is palpable. Yet like McFadden injury issues have hampered his development. That and maddening inconsistency issues. The question for the Raiders to answer is whether those problems come from the quarterback plays or his own lack of maturity. Hopes are high that upgrades of the former will finally unlock Moore’s value. Otherwise he may be out of job.
GM Reggie McKenzie took a big risk for the Oakland Raiders when he made cornerback D.J. Hayden their 1st round pick in 2013 given his injury history. Missing eight games last season and possibly sitting out until training camp hasn’t helped. The young corner still has time to get his career on track. Things are improving around him and he has great leadership to guide the way. In spite of that, he needs to start showing something.
Optimism reigns at the quarterback position for Oakland. Coaches believe veteran trade acquisition Matt Schaub is what the team needs to get the offense on track. The two-time Pro Bowler has vowed to erase the memories of his ugly 2013 campaign and he’ll have a solid supporting cast to do it. The problem is assessing how long his leash is. The Raiders do have promising rookie Derek Carr in reserve. Schaub will have to play not only well but efficient in order to maintain his hold on the starting job.