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MMQB: Raiders second worst team in NFL, cites concerns about Derek Carr finger injury

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Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

In Peter King's latest Monday Morning Quarterback for Sports Illustrated, he put out his 2015 NFL offseason power rankings. In those rankings, he doesn't think too highly of the Raiders, ranking them 31 out of 32 teams, with only the Titans ranked lower. Here was his reasoning for such a low ranking:

31. Oakland (3-13). It's not that I don't trust Derek Carr. It's that I don't trust Derek Carr's health after what I've read about the problems with a finger on his throwing hand. That plus the fact that the Raiders have a boatload of existing holes that Jack Del Rio has to address this summer.

This is the first time I've seen any serious concern about the injury to Derek Carr's finger. Carr's agent has said the injury is minor, as have most reports. The one exception being from Chris Mortensen who said it may require surgery.

Carr took snaps in the team's second OTA session last week, though he did not participate in throwing drills.

The injury concern aside, it would seem King is not sold on the efforts the Raiders have made thus far in filling their need positions through free agency and the draft. He says there is a "boatload" of holes to fill, which sounds as if he doesn't think the Raiders filled many (any?) of them this offseason.

A few notable additions this offseason include C Rodney Hudson, DT  Dan Williams, S Nate Allen, RB  Roy Helu Jr, TE  Lee Smith, LB  Malcolm Smith, WR  Amari Cooper (D1), DE  Mario Edwards Jr (D2), and TE  Clive Walford (D3).