The Raiders are continuing to attempt to climb upward.
They made some strides in 2019, going 7-9. Now, it’s time for another step up. Still, plenty of work is needed.
Let’s look at the top five immediate needs for the Raiders:
Linebacker: The Raiders may actually need three new starters here. Yes, they might need a complete overhaul of starting linebackers. For sure, they need, at least, two new starters.
Receiver: The Raiders need a No. 1 receiver and another depth piece. If they can get the right No. 1, Tyrell Williams can stay healthy, and Hunter Renfrow builds on a strong rookie season, the Raiders should have a pretty dang solid offensive attack along with tight end Darren Waller and running back Josh Jacobs.
Impact at defensive line: I don’t care if it’s at defensive end or at tackle. The Raiders need another stud on the front four.
Safety: Erik Harris is a gamer. But I think the Raiders need a talent upgrade alongside a healthy Johnathan Abram to patrol the back end.
Guard: I think a good No. 3 guard is necessary as health insurance for Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson. It was an issue last season.
Conclusion: This exercise shows the Raiders aren’t that far away. All they need is 4-5 impact pieces, good health from their current core and growth from the young players on the roster.
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