Brice Butler is just one of many subjects headlining the Oakland Raiders edition of bold predictions in 2014.
Butler has more receiving yards than James Jones
James Jones was the big get for the Raiders in free agency and is expected to become a vital part of their passing game. That’s not saying he won’t, but so far he has been largely quiet in preseason. Meanwhile, second-year man Brice Butler has put on a show, displaying his big frame and good athleticism in lead the team in receiving. It may take him a little time to crack the starting lineup, but when he does (yes he will) expect the youngster to put a stamp on it by posting better yardage than the veteran Jones.
Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, and Matt McGloin all start at least one game
Oakland, for the first time it what feels like ages seems to have respectable depth on their roster at quarterback. Matt Schaub is the most experienced and starter, Derek Carr is their talented 2nd round pick and Matt McGloin started for them last year and has played better than any during the preseason. In theory the Raiders could start any of them and still have a chance to win games. In fact, that is what will happen in 2014. At some point all three of those players will start a game under center. Maybe it will come via a benching or injury but by December, regardless of record, Oakland will have seen their entire QB depth chart take a snap during the regular season.
Three Raiders defenders have at least ten sacks
The secondary is a concern. It’s impossible to ignore and will continue to be a problem until they start playing better. That being said, one thing the Raiders shouldn’t have to worry about is their pass rush. Thanks to some solid spending and draft work, the team has assembled a pretty solid unit of veteran and young talent such as Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Khalil Mack and Sio Moore. Safe to say that Oakland will have a variety of ways to get after the quarterback and provided everybody stays healthy expect to see three names in that front seven notch double digit sacks.