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.
@justblogbaby Connor Vernon -more Wes Welker or more Tom Waddle?Do you see Vernon, McGuffie, and Butler making team?Who’s odd man out?
— NaughtyBearTed (@DominoDent) May 8, 2013
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.
@justblogbaby I want to know if Reggie is going to bring in players under 30 only? I see some good FA out there that can help the O.
— Galen Crocker (@G_moneyraiders) May 8, 2013
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****.”
@justblogbabyCurrent cap situation?
— Cody Knudtson (@calioso67) May 8, 2013
According to NFLPA the Raiders have about 6.3 million, enough to sign rookies and maybe a couple of low price free agents.
@justblogbaby should the raiders go into a 3-4 defensive scheme with linebacker depth?
— Christopher Mendoza (@Big_Daddy_Ceee) May 8, 2013
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.
@justblogbaby What positions do you think Reggie Mac will look at once other teams make some cuts. Any specific players they may target?
— William Sigerseth (@wsiger) May 8, 2013
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.
Keep tweeting and commenting your concerns Raider Nation!