November 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore (55) defends during the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Coliseum. The Titans defeated the Raiders 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: 4 Players Who Will Have Monster Seasons in 2014

For the first time in ages it feels like the Oakland Raiders have a core of young talent who can contribute.  Which names are poised for potential breakouts?

Latavius Murray – RB

Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the euphoria of free agency, but it’s important to let the dust settle and take stock realistically.  What is realistic about the running back position is it’s for the young.  So the addition of Maurice Jones-Drew and retention of Darren McFadden can’t be counted on to ensure success on the ground.  At the same time they have second-year youngster Latavius Murray waiting in the wings.  A 6’2″ back with sub-4.4 speed, he showed at UCF he can both run and catch.  The only problem is he hasn’t played much.  Still, at age 24 he has all the boxes checked from youth to size to speed and versatility.  It may be him, and not the bigger names, that totes the rock in Oakland.

Rod Streater – WR

This might sound like a slight stretch since Rod Streater led the Oakland Raiders in receiving last year, but the breakout idea comes from the fact he could have the best quarterback he’s had yet as a pro in Matt Schaub.  Streater is developing nicely, and Schaub is experienced at how to use taller receivers.  With James Jones drawing coverage away, Streater may make his third season the charm by cracking the 1,000-yard plateau.  Much of that success will depend on whether Schaub gets protection from a rebuilt offensive line.

Sio Moore – OLB

On the defensive side things are looking even brighter for the Silver and Black.  Part of that optimism comes from their massive free agent influx but also the quiet rise of young linebacker Sio Moore.  As a rookie he had a very solid season, collecting 50 tackles and 4.5 sacks.  His prowess as a pass rusher is only beginning to surface since he didn’t do much of it at UConn.  As experience catches up to his impressive athletic ability, Moore could become a surprise contender for double digit sacks in 2014.  That is especially true after the Raiders added Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Khalil Mack.

D.J. Hayden – CB

A solid pass rush wouldn’t just help Moore either.  It could also assist the Oakland Raiders secondary too, particularly 2013 first round pick D.J. Hayden.  The young corner from Houston has loads of athletic potential but has progressed slowly due to injury problems.  An improved pass rush would grant him more opportunities to get his hands on the football.  Nothing boosts the confidence of a young player more than making plays.  Hayden has it in him, it’s just a question of time and health.

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  • KloverJane

    They will all kick ass! The autumn wind cometh!

  • Raider Grant

    I’ve been his biggest critic, but I truly hope Dennis Allen & Staff have a breakout year! Go Raiders

  • chucka1122

    I would say I agree with this article, but Hayden has to be on the field to be of any value. Raider’s fans can say what they want, but that guy has done nothing to prove to me that he can stay healthy. I like the kid, and what he went through was unbelievable, but how do the Raiders select this guy with the 12th pick of the draft with that type of medical history. The guy has to be on the field to produce, so far he cannot stay healthy. The Raiders were in no position to take that kind of risk with that pick. They needed a player that can be on the field and produce. Hayden has a lot to prove to Raider’s fans!!!

    • merlinconyers


    • Raider Grant

      I second that statement! No matter what anyone say, Hayden would of been there at 4th or possibly 5th rounds. First 3-4 draft picks should be SOLID with little to no risk involved! Go Raiders

      • RediaR

        No. He would have been gone by pick 16.

        • Raider Grant

          Highly doubt that in my opinion, unless the team that drafted him could afford the gamble. Hope the best for him but that picked sucked from the momnent it was made! Go Raiders

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    ROD S.: DA isn’t going to start Carr for timid azz MS isn’t the answer, Once DA is fired by the Bye week, Carr will do decent but this will stymie Streater as well.
    MURRAY: DA loves MJD & will not bench him despite a 2.5 ypc and DMC will be limping around so LM won’t be a factor until zgruden arrives in 2015.
    DJ: MAY PLSY 5 games, lacks confidence & poor ball skills on deep passes, stays injured as much as DMC.
    Sio: he is going thru what TP went through last yr save the prejudice. Sio isn’t even going to start for DA is going to START HIS GUY MILES BURRIS which is a joke.