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Old 07-01-2015, 06:54 PM
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Default Rival Report - Chokeland

Rival Report: The Oakland Raiders

Additions: Head Coach Jack Del Rio, RB Roy Helu (Redskins), RB Trent Richardson (Colts), WR Michael Crabtree (49ers), S Nate Allen (Eagles), C Rodney Hudson (Chiefs), QB Christian Ponder (Vikings), NT Dan Williams (Cardinals), LB Curtis Lofton (Saints), LB Malcolm Smith (Seahawks), DB James Dockery (Panthers), TE Lee Smith (Bills)

Losses: Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano, RB Darren McFadden (Cowboys), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Retired), S Tyvon Branch (Chiefs), DT Pat Sims (Bengals) CB Chimdi Chkewa (Patriots), LaMarr Woodley (Cardinals)

Draft Class:
First Round, Fourth Overall: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
Second Round, 35th Overall: DT Mario Edwards, JR, Florida St.
Third Round, 68th Overall: TE Clive Walford, Miami
Fourth Round, 128th Overall: OG Jon Feliciano, Miami
Fifth Round, 140th Overall: ILB Ben Heeney, Kansas
Fifth Round, 161st Overall: OLB Neiron Ball, Florida
Sixth Round, 179th Overall: OLB Max Valles, Virginia
Seventh Round, 218th Overall: OL Anthony Morris, Tennessee St.
Seventh Round, 221st Overall: WR Andre Debose, Florida
Seventh Round, 242nd Overall: CB Dexter McDonald, Kansas

Three Key Questions
Based on reports and outside opinions out of Oakland, here are three key questions the media have about the Raiders heading into the season:

Will Carr Take Off? – Although they finished with a 4-12 record, Derek Carr earned high marks for his rookie campaign. The quarterback completed 348 of 599 attempts (58.1%) for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Oakland hopes he can take that next step, giving him two new targets in first round pick Amari Cooper and free agent pickup Michael Crabtree. The leap between year one and two for an NFL QB is pivotal, so this could be a telling season for the Raiders’ signal caller.

Who Carries the Rock? – Oakland ranked dead last in rushing the football last season, averaging just 77.5 yards per game. Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are no longer around to carry the load, as the team signed Trent Richardson and Roy Helu to join Latavius Murray in the backfield. After ranking at the bottom of the NFL in 2014, Oakland knows they need to improve in order to balance their offensive attack.

What is the Del Rio Effect? – Oakland stated they wanted a culture change when they hired native son Jack Del Rio as head coach. He grew up a die-hard Raiders fan and lobbied hard for the job. Del Rio previously served as head coach of the Jaguars from 2003-11, leading Jacksonville to a 69-73 record while going 1-2 in the postseason. He spent the last three years as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator. While Oakland made a number of player moves this offseason, perhaps none matter as much as Del Rio’s impact on the overall team.

When We Meet:
Week 7 (10/25) at Qualcomm Stadium (1:05pm)
Week 16 (12/24) at Oakland (5:25pm)

All-Time Record:
Oakland leads the all-time record 59-50-1
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