Coming off a 4-12 season and very little cap space to work with, the expectations for the Oakland Raiders in 2013 can't be that high. That may be, but the truth is that General Manager Reggie McKenzie, has signed very underrated and solid players that could make a lot of impact on the football field, believe it or not.
Here are some of the projections for some of the Oakland Raiders players:
MLB Nick Roach
MLB Kaluka Maiava
Maiava is an athletic and hard-hitting player from USC, but he is very inexperienced.
CB Mike Jenkins
Jenkins had a career-year in 2009 with 45 tackles and 5 interceptions and was also a Pro Bowler but he has slipped since, losing his starting job due to multiple injuries.
CB Tracy Porter
Porter is best known for the game-sealing interception that was return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl in 2009. Like Jenkins, he had his best year in 2009 but has slipped since due to injuries.
WR Denarius Moore
Moore is a very speedy receiver that was selected in the draft by late Al Davis. Moore had a solid season last season with 741 yards and 7 TDs catches but next season, he will be the no. 1 receiver and will have to step his game up.
FS Usama Young
Young had played under Dennis Allen in New Orleans and has had solid years in both New Orleans and Cleveland but he was never a full-time starter on either one of those teams.
QB Matt Flynn
Flynn is best known for his record-setting game against the Lions as a Packer with 480 yards and 6 TD passes, which was only his second start. Flynn later went on to Seattle hoping to be a full-time starter on a team for the first time, but was then out-competed by rookie QB Russell Wilson, who was more athletic.
This may not be an All-Pro team like the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles, but this is a very solid team and really puts Reggie McKenzie in a better position in the 2013 NFL Draft to get the best player.
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