This should come as a surprise to no one, but the Oakland Raiders’ offense is going to be better this season. They spent big in the offseason and if OTAs are telling us anything, that money was well spent.
Reports out of OTAs are that receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams can’t be stopped.
No longer is an aging Jordy Nelson Derek Carr’s top wideout. With Brown and Williams to throw to, the possibilities will be endless. Granted, OTAs are non-contact practices so it’ll be hard to get a better idea on how the offense is doing until we get to training camp, but these are good signs so far. There was some worry that Brown might be a distraction. That hasn’t been the case so far and Brown seems to be happy with his new team.
The defense did get one notable stop on Brown though:
Coming off a down year, expectations are high for Derek Carr and his new offense. If OTAs are any indication for what’s to come, the Raiders are going to be a fun team to watch. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have given Carr the tools to succeed and to get back in MVP talks. This will be his final chance to prove that he’s the quarterback that Gruden wants to move forward with into the future.
Also, don’t sleep on tight end Darren Waller. He’s been getting consistent praise throughout OTAs and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
If Waller can become a reliable option at tight end, that will make a huge difference for a team that lost Jared Cook in free agency.
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Josh Jacobs not Disappointing
OTAs aren’t necessarily the time to shine for running backs, but Josh Jacobs has been doing his best to stand out. He has impressed with his route running out of the backfield, which was one of his strengths coming out of college.
Josh Jacobs didn’t see a lot of usage during his time in college. New Orleans Saints’ star running back Alvin Kamara is the only running back to have fewer touches coming out of college than Jacobs.
Considering Kamara is a bonafide star, that’s not bad company to be in. It’ll be hard to get a gauge on how Jacobs’ game translates to the NFL until training camp, but all signs are pointing to him being a staple of the Raiders offense for years to come.