The Oakland Raiders are really a tough team to evaluate. I think more than even the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, the Raiders have seen the most roster turnover in the NFL. Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are putting their imprint on the roster in Oakland, and they are getting rid of ALL of the bad blood.
Here is a quick list of some players you will no longer see in silver and black, just off the top of my head:
– Rolando McClain
– Carson Palmer
– Michael Huff
– Mike Mitchell
– Richard Seymour
– Tommy Kelly
– Brandon Myers
It’s an impressive list, to say the least. Those are the prominent players for the Raiders over the last couple of years, and they are all gone. It was actually pretty funny, I have a good friend who is a Raiders fan (bless his soul), and I was going to try and find him a new jersey to wear for this season. I honestly don’t know who to get him on the current roster that might even be around in 2014 or be considered a star player.
To say the Raiders are in a state of transition would be a vast understatement. They are going to need breakout seasons from a lot more than three players in order to contend for anything other than the number one overall pick, but here are three guys that I think could stand out among the rest for Oakland. We’ll take a look at one player in particular from each of the last three rookie classes.
Third Year — Denarius Moore, WR
Inconsistency has plagued Moore thus far in his NFL career, which has consisted of 28 games to this point, but I think he is ready to take the next step in 2013, bad quarterback situation and all. He hauled in 51 passes for 741 yards and seven touchdowns last season, but his yards per catch average went down by nearly four yards from what it was as a rookie, and I know he has much more explosive ability than he showed even last season.
Coming out of Tennessee, pretty much no one knew who Denarius Moore was seemingly except the Raiders, but they picked him up in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and he showed some impressive skills at offseason camps.
As a rookie, Moore showed off his skills as a big playmaker, catching only 33 passes but racking up 618 yards and five receiving touchdowns with three 100 yard games that year. I think in 2013, he will be the focal point of the Oakland passing attack, especially with Brandon Myers in New York this season. Moore could be primed for a 1,000 yard campaign in 2013.