Although the Oakland Raiders made the playoffs only once in the 2010s, they have no shortage of talented offensive players.
The Oakland Raiders have not had a successful decade, making the playoffs just once. With that being said, the Raiders have had some great players in that time on the offensive side of the ball, and we take a look at their All-Decade team in this piece.
The Raiders may have not won many games from 2010 to 2019, but they have had some great players that deserve to be celebrated. The team has had multiple pro bowlers, multiple all-pros, and have broken multiple records.
Of course, the best season of this decade was 2016, where the Raiders looked to be a real contender in the AFC before Derek Carr broke his leg. Since then, Carr has gone on to break multiple records wearing the Silver and Black, leading this franchise through some tough times.
With that said, let us start off with Carr, who is our selection as the decade's starting quarterback.
Derek Carr is the clear choice here. Carr has been the quarterback for the Raiders for over half of this decade, and he has taken over the franchise's record book. Carr is the all-time leader in passing yards with 22,402 yards and ranks third in touchdowns with 142, only 8 behind Raiders legend Ken Stabler.
Say what you want about Carr, but the small bit of success that this team has had in the past ten years has come from Carr. Other quarterbacks for the team in this time were Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer, and Terrell Pryor, so selecting Carr from this group was not that hard, no matter where you fall on your support for him.
While there have not been a ton of wins under Carr, there have been special moments, and in his second season in Jon Gruden's system in 2019, he had a solid statistical season. Of course, until he leads this team to the playoffs again, the fan base is going to remain divided, and it looks like he is going to get another shot to do so in 2020 in Las Vegas.
Running Back and Fullback
Although Darren McFadden did not live up to expectations, he was by far the best back for the Raiders in this decade. Injuries held McFadden back greatly, but when he was healthy in 2010 he rushed for over 1,000 yards, as well as leading the team in rushing in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Skill-wise, Josh Jacobs is the best running back this team has had in the last ten years, but one season is not enough to take the spot. Other running backs that could be considered are Latavius Murray and Marshawn Lynch. Murray was a big part in the success of the Raiders in their 2016 season, but overall McFadden takes the spot with longevity.
Marcel Reese is the clear choice for this position, being the fullback for over half of the decade, as well as being one of the best fullbacks in the NFL every season. Reece made the Pro Bowl in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Reece was used heavily in the passing game with the Raiders, recording over 2,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, something that is unheard of for a fullback in the NFL today. Reece also recorded 844 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Amari Cooper played for the Raiders for three and a half seasons before being traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. In that time, Cooper had an up and down career as a Raider but was still the best receiver the team has had in the last ten years.
Cooper had back to back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015 and 2016, as well as a 680-yard season with seven touchdowns in 2017. Once things started to fall apart with Cooper in 2018, the Raiders traded him away for a first-round pick, but the work he did early in his career earned him a spot on this list.
Michael Crabtree was a touchdown machine in his three years in Oakland, recording 25 touchdowns in that time. Crabtree was the perfect complement to Amari Cooper, making big plays when needed and scoring in the red zone time and time again.
When the Raiders got in the red zone, it was clear that Derek Carr was going to throw a fade to Crabtree, but nobody could stop it. Crabtree's career was revitalized in Oakland, while at the same time, Crabtree was a big part of revitalizing the Raiders offense, as well.
Jared Cook was a part of the Raiders in 2017 and 2018 where he had two of the best seasons of his career. In Cook's first season as a Raider, he recorded nearly 700 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his work in 2018 that really earned him a spot on this list.
Cook was Derek Carr's top target in 2018, as he recorded nearly 900 yards and six touchdowns for the silver and black. In two years of struggles for the Raiders, Cook was one of the few bright spots for the team.
LT: Donald Penn
Donald Penn came to the Raiders in 2014 and was one of the biggest parts of the rebuild of the team. Penn was one of the best left tackles in football, reaching the pro bowl in 2016 and 2017. Donald Penn did a great job of protecting Carr's blindside, making him one of the least sacked QBs in the NFL.
In 2018, the Raiders drafted Kolton Miller in the first round to eventually replace Penn. Oakland tried moving Penn to right tackle, but his injuries and age made it a struggle for him. From 2014 to 2017, Donald Penn did everything he was asked and dominated edge rushers all around the league.
LG: Kelechi Osemele
Kelechi Osemele was the biggest signing the Raiders made in 2016 and was a huge piece in the playoff push that the team made. This list of linemen has one similarity, and that is protecting Derek Carr in a few years span, being the biggest reason that the Raiders were competitive.
Osemele played three years for the Raiders, making the pro bowl in 2016 and 2017, as well as being named to first-team all-pro in 2016.
C: Rodney Hudson
Rodney Hudson started his career with the Raiders in 2015 and has arguably been the best Oakland Raiders of the entire decade, as well as one of the best linemen in franchise history. Although Hudson may not get the respect around the league he deserves, there is an argument that he has been the best center in the NFL for a long time.
Hudson has been selected to the pro bowl in 2016, 2017, and 2019, as well as being named to the second-team all-pro team in 2019. Along with his accolades, Hudson is extremely reliable, only missing one game in his time with the Raiders.
RG: Gabe Jackson
Gabe Jackson was drafted by the Raiders in 2014 and has been solid for the team ever since. For a long time, Raiders players looked at Jackson as one of the most underrated players in the league, as he was outshined by his teammates that were previously mentioned.
Jackson is still with the team, and although recent injuries have impaired his performance, he is still likely to be a part of this team for years to come, and if he can get healthy, he has potential to be one of the best guards in the NFL.
RT: Trent Brown
Trent Brown has only played one season for the Raiders, but he has no doubt been the best right tackle the team has had this decade. Brown was signed by the Raiders this offseason to a big contract, and there is no question that it was worth it.
Trent Brown will be a part of the Raiders for years to come, as he is arguably the best right tackle in the NFL. Brown did a great job of protecting Carr this season, and even though he has only played for the Raiders one season, he still deserves to be on this list more than any other right tackle the team has had.