I don’t want to be the guy calling the season over before its even started. That’s not what I’m about. In this modern NFL it ain’t over until it’s over…unless you’re the Browns. That being said the fact that the Raiders roster seems to change by the hour with more and more players coming in that didn’t even participate in one day of camp yet are still expected to contribute in the season opener is somewhat alarming.
The last two days it’s been the cornerback position that has undergone a makeover mere days after being settled during the final cut down. Now it’s the wide receiver position that is garnering some serious concerns.
With Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford already looking unlikely to play on Monday there is another wrinkle of rookie Juron Criner possibly being out of action or severely limited. That’s why veteran receiver Jabar Gaffney is reported to be in Oakland today as the Raiders begin to explore emergency options.
Gaffney is coming off of a season in which he was the leading receiver for the Washington Redskins. He’s also fresh off the cutting room floor as the Pats parted ways with him coming out of camp.
Of course what might really affect his possible job options is the fact that if Gaffney is on an active roster for the first week of the season then his salary is guaranteed. So unless Reggie McKenzie is eager to spend some cash I’m guessing he’s just doing some research for now.
While the wide receiver situation differs from what has happened with the cornerbacks it does illustrate how much work the Raiders roster needs even as the regular season is upon us. However at least with the receivers it’s an injury issue and has nothing to do with skill. Which is why there is yet another nugget of panic pertaining to another problematic position.
Oakland is also reported to have worked out a tight end Fendi Onobun. This would be another case of skill being a concern as tight end production was pretty much invisible during the preseason.