I have the Raiders passing on a quarterback for the second time. Unless they are completely sold on Herbert as a future All-Pro, there are better options available.
I believe the Raiders’ best course of action would be to offer a sizable contract to New Orleans Saints’ backup Teddy Bridgewater. The former Pro Bowler is still just 27-years-old. He has also proven that he has fully recovered from his devastating knee injury.
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While Bridgewater is in a good position as the heir apparent to Drew Brees, a good contract and a chance to immediately start may be enough to pry him to Las Vegas. He would also be safer and more affordable than a player like Jameis Winston.
Regardless of whether Carr, Bridgewater, Winston, or any other player lines up under center, it will be imperative that the team builds a proficient offense around them. Imagine a core that boasts Waller, Lamb, Tee Higgins, Tyrell Williams, and Hunter Renfrow!
Higgins has good size for his position at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. He is also known for his excellent route running and ability to attack the ball at its highest point. His skills as an athlete will make him especially dangerous in the red zone.
Scouts have noted that Higgins is a poor blocker for a player of his size. His focus and consistency have also been cited as potential issues.
While these issues are noteworthy, they are far from deal-breakers. A coach with Jon Gruden’s intensity and experience would be of great benefit in helping Higgins improve in these areas as he ascends into stardom.