Oakland Raiders 2019 Superlatives: Who won this year’s awards?
Biggest Disappointment: Lamarcus Joyner
Last offseason, the Raiders gave Lamarcus Joyner a lucrative contract of four-years, $42 million to join the Oakland defense with the hope that he could be the piece to help turn around the secondary. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Joyner didn’t help their cause as he was part of the issue of not being able to stop the opposing team’s passing game.
Joyner played slot corner for the majority of the season, which he hasn’t played since 2016. Whether it was the transition back to the slot or unfamiliarity within Paul Guenther’s defensive scheme, Joyner did no favors to the Oakland defense.
When Joyner was targeted this season, he allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete passes at a rate of 69.4%. With Joyner allowing seven completions for every 10 attempts, he also allowed an average of 10.8 yards per reception. With much anticipation entering the year, Joyner was among the team’s most disappointing player in 2019.