The Oakland Raiders have done some rebuilding this past offseason thanks to a great cap situation, and while still likely to struggle, Oakland is giving their fans some hope for the future.
The Raiders have question marks all over the field, but first and foremost, Oakland has a battle going on for the starting quarterback position. Right now, Matt Schaub looks to have the starting role, but if Schaub should start to struggle, look for Oakland to give the newbie, Derek Carr a shot. Schaub struggled in a big way last season in Houston, leading the talented Houston team to just two wins on the season. Oakland acquired MJD from the Jags this past spring, and along with fellow newcomer James Jones, the Raiders do have some talent offensively.
Oakland’s defense struggled big time in 2013, finishing the season ranked 26th in defensive efficiency. The Raiders really struggled in the secondary, ranking 28th in the NFL, allowing an average of 255 yards per game. While the Raiders didn’t directly help their secondary through the draft, picking up Kalil Mack where they did in the first round looked to be a great pick, in what is considered overall to be a solid draft for Oakland.
The Raiders are not in a position to challenge anyone else in the AFC West, and barring a huge surprise, or collapse from another team in the division, the Raiders will still be in a rebuilding mode in 2014.