At least we can watch the 2012 Oakland Raiders without any concerns of high expectations. The writing was on the wall in the preseason and two games into the regular season it’s looking like a lock to be back in the top 10 come draft day.
Reggie McKenzie never dared call this a rebuilding process but the truth can no longer be hidden. This roster is being rebuilt from the ground up which means until McKenzie gets his group in Silver and Black we’re all stuck watching scab football.
It feels like everyday there is a new injury and a new player being claimed off the scrap heap. From backup long snappers to starting cornerbacks every open spot is being filled by some cast off that likely wouldn’t even have been in the NFL this season.
No thanks to injuries to Shawntae Spencer and Khalif Barnes the Raiders will once again be back to digging through the free agency discount bin.
Both Spencer and Barnes sustained injuries in the embarrassing loss to Miami that will keep them out for “significant time”.
The cornerback situation is absolutely dire. Both Ron Bartell and now Spencer look likely to be gone for most of it not the entire balance of the regular season. That’s horrible news considering how thin the Raiders were to begin with. Now it looks like Michael Huff will indeed have to make the move to corner as was promised by Hue Jackson prior to his departure.
As for Barnes at the O-line, already Dennis Allen has installed the recently signed Willie Smith to play right tackle. In case you’re not knowing Smith was cut loose in Redskins camp.
All of this and we’re not even one month deep into the regular season. The injuries are piling up. The lack of depth already tested like this was a final and now the prospects of salvaging anything from this season are completely bleak.
Good thing McKenzie didn’t go out and trade away or cut guys at positions of need like Louis Murphy, DeMarcus Van Dyke or Bruce Campbell. Oh wait…