It has been 5 long seasons since the last time the Raiders have made the playoffs and fans are hoping to see something special happen this year for the organization… or at least a winning record.
The obvious leader of the Raiders offense going into 2021 is Derek Carr. The team is looking for the Pro Bowl quarterback to return to his 2016 self and carry the team into the playoffs. Carr has multiple weapons on offense including the young speedster Henry Ruggs at wideout and of course Darren Waller who should for sure have another 1,000 yard receiving season. There will of course be some growing pains but the offense should be fun to watch and it starts with their quarterback to make things happen.
Defensively the Raiders have struggled in the secondary and need some of their younger corners to take the next step and make an impact. Newly signed veteran corner Casey Hayward will be the leader of this group and hopefully he can be a good mentor for some of the other inexperienced corners on the roster. Las Vegas has a very tough 2021 schedule but if all goes well and some young players step up the Raiders have a chance to sneak into the playoffs and surprise some of the haters.