October 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raider fans celebrate after the Raiders scored a touchdown in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Raider Nation Tweets Their Concerns

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Wayne Mabry aka Violator reacts against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Every Raider fan has their share of concerns with their team. Some are worried about our offense, some the defense, and all of Raider Nation are deeply troubled with the result of the 2012 season and how Oakland can improve upon it. So I took to JBB’s Twitter account (follow us @JustBlogBaby) to ask the nation what has them up at night.

Of course since the Raiders have the greatest fans in the world, the feedback was amazing. So, I’ll do my best to answer all of your questions on where the franchise stands.


Conner Vernon is truly an interesting UFA. I always take special interest in players who were able to start as true freshman. That takes tremendous skill, courage, and self-confidence. This kid managed to become the number two freshman in the nation in receptions (55), all after missing three games with a foot injury. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his great routes and sticky hands put him in position to see consistent playing time. However, I don’t see him being the huge game breaker that Welker is. Rather a Rod Streater or Eric Decker.

On a sidenote, I see Brice Butler as another Juron Criner, or in other words not making any impact. Sam McGuffie on the other hand is a wild card. He could be utilized occasionally in the slot or maybe in a wildcat with Pryor. Chances are McGuffie is just a body to add depth to the thin receiving unit. I wouldn’t count on him living up to his famous highlight reel.


Brandon Lloyd, Joshua Cribbs, Karlos Dansby, Dwight Freeney, Victor Cruz, Daryl Smith, Casey Hampton, Nick Barnett, Chris Gamble, and more. But in the words of Adam Sandler, “The price is wrong B****.”


According to NFLPA the Raiders have about 6.3 million, enough to sign rookies and maybe a couple of low price free agents.


Yes! Great question Chris! With the defensive line being thinner than Paris Hilton after a trip to the bathroom, Oakland needs to rely on their newly acquired linebacking unit. With five linebackers who are capable of starting, I see Dennis Allen using multiple fronts. Remember Allen is known as being a defensive guru. Expect to see rookie Sio Moore and maybe Miles Burris lining up at end on occasion. Using three down lineman like Andre Carter, Pat Sims, and Lamarr Houston would work greatly to the Raider’s benefit.


Oakland could use help at receiver, defensive tackle, and guard. If he waits until after teams make cuts it will be for the purpose of filling in depth. I would expect him to act sooner before camp begins. In fact, McKenzie has made Joshua Cribbs an offer according to Ian Rapapport.

Oct 21, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs (16) runs for yardage on a punt return against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Cleveland 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Keep tweeting and commenting your concerns Raider Nation!


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