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3 hours ago, SimonGruber said:

Raiders picked on him first hand. I’m a little meh on the signing but we will see 

He still only allowed a 49.4 comp % in 2020. Seems his issue was keeping track with deep routes, probably because he's even slower now than he was coming out. This video is talking about it.

As mentioned in it, a move to the inside could help with that. We'll see if that's the plan.

Anyway, at that price and to provide a much needed vet presence in the secondary, i'm good with the signing.

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8. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

The Raiders went out this offseason and signed Kenyan Drake to a two-year, $11 million contract to fill the “joker” role for Jon Gruden’s offense. He joins 2019 first-round pick Josh Jacobs and pass-catching specialist Jalen Richard to give Las Vegas a backfield that has been heavily invested in.

Jacobs has been one of the league’s most elusive runners over the past two seasons, forcing 120 forced missed tackles on the ground, the third-most in the league. However, the passing game was an area for more usage and growth. Jacobs recorded receiving grades of at least 70.0 in each of his three seasons at Alabama, but the addition of Drake lessens the likelihood of that growth occurring in 2021.

Should be higher imo.

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1 hour ago, RaidersAreOne said:

 

I agree with the second point. A lot of us have pointed out how apparent it was the differences in how defenses played us with Ruggs out there and when he wasn't and how our offense ran with him out there as opposed to when he wasn't. And there was a good amount of time even when he was out there he was a little banged up and not 100% himself. 

With all that said, for the first WR off the board and a top 11 selection, being a "decoy" or someone that opens up the field for everyone else isn't going to cut it long term. At least not exclusively obviously. That aspect will change, but if he can't show some more and become more involved teams will adjust and his speed and occasional huge play will only go so far. He also needs to show that he can hold up physically to the demands of being one of the primary pass catchers for a good NFL offense over the course of an entire season. 

I'm not blaming it all on Ruggs last year, I think the staff could have done a better job of getting him involved in non vertical passing plays, and injuries happen to everyone from time to time. I can see the logic in an off season like last year, especially for a rookie in just letting them fill the role they are most gifted at, so I'm hoping that was a part of it. 

This year however, Ruggs needs to take a step. I have a decent amount of faith he will and look closer to Agahlor last year for us. But I also want to see the staff in year two with a full camp, get him more involved in numerous ways. I also look forward to seeing him on the field and seeing if he looks a little bigger and stronger. Ruggs is one of my anticipated players for us this year. I have high hopes for him and I'm eager to see how he preforms this season. 

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18 hours ago, oakdb36 said:

He still only allowed a 49.4 comp % in 2020. Seems his issue was keeping track with deep routes, probably because he's even slower now than he was coming out. This video is talking about it.

As mentioned in it, a move to the inside could help with that. We'll see if that's the plan.

Anyway, at that price and to provide a much needed vet presence in the secondary, i'm good with the signing.

He could play either as long as he's not on speedsters.

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26. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Raiders wide receivers finished 26th with a 70.4 receiving grade, and leading receiver Nelson Agholor moves on to New England. Agholor ranked sixth in the league with 444 yards on deep passes, emerging as one of the league’s best downfield threats, a role the Raiders are hoping 2020 first-rounder Henry Ruggs III will fill in 2021. Ruggs showed his explosiveness at times, finishing with 452 yards and 17.4 yards per reception, but three drops and ball security issues led to just a 55.6 receiving grade.

Las Vegas made a shrewd investment in John Brown in free agency, a strong deep and intermediate threat in his own right. Brown had a 74.2 receiving grade and over 1,000 receiving yards in 2019, but last year he battled injuries and graded at just 66.2 as a receiver. When healthy, he’s a fine complementary option in a good passing attack. Hunter Renfrow will man the slot — he had the highest receiving grade on the team last year at 75.0, his second straight year grading in that range. Renfrow works the underneath route tree effectively.

Willie Snead IV joins the mix, though he hasn’t graded above 70.0 since 2016. Bryan Edwards, a 2020 third-rounder, will also compete for snaps after grading at a solid 69.5 last year as a rookie.

The Raiders have one of the few mismatch tight ends in the league in Darren Waller, who gained 1,196 yards and posted a 90.9 receiving grade last season, both good for second among tight ends. Backup Foster Moreau has been extremely productive in his two seasons, catching 28 of his 33 targets for 314 yards and seven touchdowns.

Las Vegas has one of the league’s best at tight end, but they need better production from their top two receiving options if they’re going to jump into the top half of the league’s pass-catchers.

 

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11 hours ago, MrOaktown_56 said:
On 6/2/2021 at 9:01 AM, oakdb36 said:

He still only allowed a 49.4 comp % in 2020. Seems his issue was keeping track with deep routes, probably because he's even slower now than he was coming out. This video is talking about it.

As mentioned in it, a move to the inside could help with that. We'll see if that's the plan.

Anyway, at that price and to provide a much needed vet presence in the secondary, i'm good with the signing.

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He could play either as long as he's not on speedsters.

He should have some adequate over the top help too this year with a genuine rangy safety so although it's not ideal, he may not be a liability there. I imagine the FO will want to persevere with Arnette outside initially before moving him inside as the optics would obviously not be great.

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54 minutes ago, Darbsk said:

He should have some adequate over the top help too this year with a genuine rangy safety so although it's not ideal, he may not be a liability there. I imagine the FO will want to persevere with Arnette outside initially before moving him inside as the optics would obviously not be great.

We're probably looking at Mullen/Arnette/Hayward together on the field a majority of the snaps in the nickel with the main question being who's playing inside between Hayward and Arnette. But it's possible the one playing inside in the nickel is also starting in the base.

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On 6/1/2021 at 9:01 PM, SimonGruber said:

Raiders picked on him first hand. I’m a little meh on the signing but we will see 

Ideally Arnette will step up on the outside and Hayward can play primarily in the slot. 

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25. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

The Raiders finished just 24th in our final 2020 offensive line rankings, but that was due in large part to injuries to two starters.

Left tackle Kolton Miller has made great strides after a rough rookie season in 2018, grading out at 72.9 overall in 2020 — good for 36th among tackles. Miller still has work to do in the run game, where his 55.4 grade ranked just 70th out of 84 qualifiers, but he finished with an impressive 81.3 pass-blocking grade (16th).

Las Vegas' new right tackle is first-rounder Alex Leatherwood, a surprise selection at No. 17 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Leatherwood is a toolsy tackle prospect who made some of the most impressive run blocks of anyone in the draft class, but he was just OK in pass protection, with grades of 82.0 and 73.4 in his last two years at Alabama.

At left guard, Richie Incognito returns after playing just 74 snaps a year ago. He hasn’t graded below 71.0 since 2007, proving to be the model of consistency at guard. A healthy Incognito is a huge boost to the run game but an even bigger help in pass protection. The right guard spot will be manned by Denzelle Good, who is coming off a career-high 958 snaps en route to a 56.7 grade, good for 59th out of 84 qualifiers.

With center Rodney Hudson being traded, center will be a battle between Andre James and Nick Martin. James has struggled to a 23.4 overall grade on 117 career snaps, while Martin has been a solid pass protector and a below-average run blocker in his four years as a starter with the Texans. Even with Hudson declining in recent years, it will be tough to match his performance.

The Raiders moved on from three solid starters this offseason, so the pressure is on their young players to develop and the veterans to improve in order to match where this unit was just two years ago prior to last season’s injuries.

 

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The Raiders have struggled to generate any kind of pass rush for years now. The addition of Yannick Ngakoue and his 80th-percentile pass-rushing grade since 2017 should help in that department. Ngakoue, Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby at least give Las Vegas an intriguing mix of young edge rushers. But the Raiders are thin on the interior. Johnathan Hankins, Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas as the top three options on the defensive tackle depth chart form one of the weaker interior groups in the league following Maurice Hurst‘s release

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16. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

The Raiders' linebacker group was supposed to be vastly improved in 2020 with the addition of Cory Littleton, who had PFF coverage grades of at least 80.0 in back-to-back years with the Rams before signing as a big-money free agent. Littleton’s first season in Las Vegas ended with a coverage grade of 49.7, though, leading to questions about what went so wrong. Nick Kwiatkoski was the better of the two new additions, but the Raiders need Littleton to rediscover his best play going forward.

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29. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Las Vegas’ secondary projects to be one of the youngest units in the league. 2019 draft selections Trayvon Mullen and Johnathan Abram are the “experienced” members of a projected starting lineup that also includes 2020 first-round pick Damon Arnette at cornerback and 2021 second-round pick Trevon Moehrig at free safety. The Raiders need to see improvement out of each of Mullen, Abram and Arnette in 2021. That holds especially true for Abram (PFF’s lowest-graded safety last season) and Arnette (sixth-lowest graded cornerback last season). Casey Hayward Jr. — the lone veteran with an opportunity to start — is coming off a career-low 59.5 overall grade in 2020. 

 

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On 6/2/2021 at 4:07 PM, Mr Raider said:

I'm not blaming it all on Ruggs last year, I think the staff could have done a better job of getting him involved in non vertical passing plays, and injuries happen to everyone from time to time. I can see the logic in an off season like last year, especially for a rookie in just letting them fill the role they are most gifted at, so I'm hoping that was a part of it. 

 

Yes we wanted more but we have to keep in mind he had a leg injury before taking a snap helping his friend move. Then we used him a lot to start a game and he got hurt, then became a 'decoy' for most of the season. Probably because he was never 100% and he helps more as a decoy than so injured he hits IR. I think that's why he was used sparingly. He bulked up more and probably can handle the season better now and with an NFL off-season program I expect we will se a lot more of what we expected. Still won't be #1 because Waller has Carr's trust but Ruggs and Edwards bring extra flavors to the offense and Carr can spread it around. Also got some vets in there pushing for playing time so I expect the competition to make everyone better but stat wise the ball will go all over. Gotta feed the FB some love too. Let alone Josh and Drake. 

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