5 Las Vegas Raiders that need to be great in 2020
By Kenny King
Jon Gruden, Head Coach
When Jon Gruden came back to the Raiders in his second stint as head coach, he started out by setting the roster on fire. Gruden traded All-Pro defender Khalil Mack for a pair of first round picks, traded former first round pick Amari Cooper for another first round pick, and traded and released a number of other players.
In the past two years under Gruden, while there has been a virtual revolving door at the wide receiver position, and an insurmountable group of stop gap players, it looks that there truly was a method to all of Gruden’s madness. In what will be Gruden’s third season, he looks forward to opening the season with no veteran player distractions, that’s right, no contract hold outs, no frostbitten feet, and no player disputes.
Gruden enters the 2020 season with what should be a top-10 offense and a vastly improved defense. With offensive playmakers Darren Waller, Josh Jacobs, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Jalen Richard returning healthy, there is a nice holdover from last year.
The additions of veterans Jason Witten and Nelson Agholor to go along with rookies Henry Ruggs III, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Bryan Edwards, round out an offense that is the best since Derek Carr took over as the starting quarterback. Gruden should have all the fire power he needs to open up the full playbook and coach the Raiders to a winning season.