If the Oakland Raiders want to change their fortune in 2019, a handful of unexpected players will need to elevate their level of play.
Every year there are breakout performers that help aid a team in going from bad to competitive or even sometimes great. For the Oakland Raiders, they are hoping they can be the 2019 Cinderella that shocks most of the football world. Much like the Indianapolis Colts or Chicago Bears did in 2018, going from below average all the way to the playoffs. For those teams, several players stepped up their game so Oakland will need similar production from their roster.
However, who are the guys we might not see coming in 2019 that could blossom into great contributors or even pro bowlers?
Jon Gruden is probably asking himself this same question as he continues to evaluate what is a very different team than the one he inherited. So let’s help give him some possible answers.
Here are three candidates that have a good chance to elevate their play to the next level in 2019.