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NFL Report Card: Oakland Raiders

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Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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The Raiders were an average team all season, and it shows with their 7-9 record. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper showed that they had a lot of upside and could develop into an explosive tandem, but the key word there is “could.” They have loads of talent, but the lack of maturity will need to fade away with more playing experience first. Dropped passes and turnovers were a reoccurring theme for Oakland this year. They often would occur at costly times, causing the Raiders to come up short.

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This defense was also about average. Khalil Mack is a force on the defensive side of the ball. It doesn’t matter where he lines up, he will make an impact. There were other solid players with potential, but unfortunately no other impact players outside of Mack. This was not the farewell tour Charles Woodson exactly wanted, and definitely not the one he deserved. It will remain to be seen if his sharing of wisdom with the younger players will translate to team success on the field.

Final Grade: C

 

Biggest Off-Season Needs?

The Raiders have been one of the most active team during free agency so far. On the offensive side of the ball they signed WR Andre Holmes, OL Kelechi Osemele, and re-signed OT Donald Penn. Their biggest acquisitions were on the defense: LB Bruce Irvin, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson, and they re-signed LB Aldon Smith. This has the potential to be an extremely dangerous defense under coach Jack Del Rio. I see them now looking for a pocket-collapsing defensive tackle that could take some pressure off of Khalil Mack or Aldon Smith when they get after the quarterback. They also could use a better, more reliable option at tight end in the passing game.

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