The Raiders dealt with several injuries in 2019 and it certainly took a toll.
According to the Football Outsiders’ formula released on Tuesday, the Raiders’ were the seventh most injured teams in the NFL last season.
There is no doubt injuries took a toll on the Raiders down the stretch. They went from 6-4 and being in great shape for a playoff push to finishing 7-9 after going 1-5 down the stretch.
There were many reasons why the Raiders faded, but the list of injuries certainly played a role. Players were dropping every week.
The Raiders’ injury bug started early as first-round pick, safety Johnathan Abram was lost for the season in Week 1 with a shoulder injury. Among the other players who went on the injured reserve included pass rush Arden Key. Several players including receiver Tyrell Williams, tackle Trent Brown, star rookie running back Josh Jacobs and guard Gabe Jackson missed games to injuries.
With the 2020 NFL draft just eight days away, here are some other links for Raiders news:
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the roof on the Raiders’ new Las Vegas stadium, Allegiant Stadium is completed. The stadium is on pace to open on time this summer.
This NBC Bay Area post looks at Mike Mayock’s ability to score big in the draft.
Bleacher Report redrafted the 2019 draft and the Raiders ended up getting Jacobs again, but much higher.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a medical expert, said football could be played without fans in stadiums this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the Mayor of Los Angeles is telling people in his camp there might not be any sporting events in the city until next year. The Raiders are scheduled to play the Chargers at SoFi Stadium in L.A. this season.
The NFL Network reports the Raiders may have competition from Atlanta if they want to take Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson early.