Few teams made more additions to their roster than the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Which ones will contribute the most?
#5 – Justin Tuck
Not only did he have 11.5 sacks in 2013, but Justin Tuck brings something with him from New York that the Oakland Raiders need more of. That is championship experience. With two rings to his credit, Tuck can bring more winning leadership to a developing defense and hopefully invigorate their pass rush at the same time.
#4 – James Jones
Given the uncertainty around Denarius Moore and Juron Criner, it’s imperative the Raiders find somebody to help Rod Streater at wide receiver. That is why they signed James Jones in free agency. He was very productive in Green Bay and has the capacity to become a go-to receiver. Provided he stays healthy there is no reason to think Jones won’t make some plays.
#3 – Tarell Brown
Perhaps one of the quiest free agent signings of the entire 2014 off-season. Veteran corner Tarell Brown ended a productive career in San Francisco on bad terms despite coming off his third-straight season with double digit pass deflections. This despite missing three games. He is a very good cover man when healthy.
#2 – Matt Schaub
No position means more on a football field than the quarterback and the Oakland Raiders haven’t had a good one in over a decade. Hopes are high that two-time Pro Bowler Matt Schaub can reverse the trend provided his ugly 2013 season was just an anomaly. He has been productive in the past but will need pass protection and to absorb the offense quickly.
#1 – Khalil Mack
This may come as a slight surprise. Not only is Khalil Mack not a quarterback, he’s not even an offensive player AND he’s a rookie. Yet in spite of it all the 1st round pick is a man of many talents. One thing the Raiders really could use on defense is versatility and Mack has that in spades. He can rush the passer, track down running backs, and play good coverage at any point of a game. His production at Buffalo proves it. If Oakland puts him in a position to use that talent, the rest should take care of itself.