Oakland Raiders Free Agent Acquisitions By the Numbers
Dec 28, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) carries the ball as Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) tackles in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 44-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
If you’ve ever read any of my columns you’ve probably noticed I like numbers. Not just the stat line, but the numbers that show how productive, efficient, and supportive a player is. I like digging into stats, finding the ups and downs of players, and seeing how they stack up against the rest of the league. Obviously, there are intangibles that need to be taken into account when it comes to properly assessing a player’s overall worth to a team.
For example, in the 2014 season, Charles Woodson was ranked below Brandian Ross among all NFL safeties based on numbers alone, but any one who watched the Raiders last season could tell that Woodson was one of the most important parts of the defense because of the intangible qualities he brings to the table.
For this article, I’m not focusing so much on intangibles and going mostly by the numbers. I want to see how the newly acquired Raiders stack up against the players they are replacing, and/or the rest of the NFL.
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