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SCOUT'S HONOR: Scouting the Raiders

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Offense

has so many options in the passing game and executes the scheme flawlessly. WR will continue to evolve into a matchup nightmare for opponents, and they'll make effective use of their two athletes at tight end - and . Oakland has a lot of options in the backfield, but RB will continue as the primary threat for another year. The biggest worry is clearly the offensive line. is playing with bad knees and they have inconsistency from the guard positions. also struggles at times against the elite speed rushers.

Defense

They have questions along the front four in terms of inexperience, but rookie and have been flashing a lot of skills. Rookie will force his way into a pass rush role if he gets healthy early enough in the season. and has progressed into young impact players at linebacker. They must have more consistency from the secondary. If puts everything together, he'll create a lot of turnovers.

Special Teams

Expect more production and scoring opportunities in the return game. and can score anytime the ball is in his hands. The hope for more efficiency from his coverage units.

Coaching

Bill Callahan did a solid job in his first season as head coach. The players respect him and he has good organizational skills. But he'll need to add some twists to the offense that Jon Gruden doesn't know about.

The Bottom Line

There are two directions the could go this season. The Super Bowl loss still must linger in their heads, but this is such a hungry group of veterans. They could be determined enough to get back there again due to the blend of young talent around them. But they could also age quickly and succumb to injuries.
Tagged: Raiders, Buccaneers, Eric Barton, Barry Sims, Charlie Garner, Phillip Buchanon, Doug Jolley, Kenyon Coleman, Napoleon Harris, Sam Williams, Tyler Brayton

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