Las Vegas Raiders new-look defense will get an early test against Carolina
Panthers three-headed monster at wide receiver
The Panthers not only brought in a new quarterback this offseason, but they also added another deep threat to the wideout group, signing former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson. Anderson is a guy who has deep play ability, and against the Raiders last season, he hauled in four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
He joins a group that includes Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore, two early-round picks who are both coming off the best seasons of their young careers. In Moore’s case, he established himself as one of the better young wideouts in the league last season, finishing with 87 catches for over 1,100 yards.
In the secondary, the Raiders will have a brand new look as well, as, while Trayvon Mullen returns as the team’s CB1, the rest of the starters will look a lot different. Johnathan Abram started only one game before being injured last season, and he leads a safety group that includes Damarious Randall, Jeff Heath, and Erik Harris.
Opposite Mullen in the starting lineup will be either veteran Prince Amukamara or rookie Damon Arnette, two guys who will be making their Raiders debut in 2020. Lamarcus Joyner returns as the nickel corner, but he had his issues tackling last season, and is currently being chased down by rookie Amik Robertson.
Of course, for as many weapons as the Panthers have, the Raiders have also made significant improvements to their defense from a year ago, so this will be a nice test for them early on. Training camp has been mostly positive for the defense this summer, and guys are really stepping up and into their roles, and a big win against a talented offensive team like Carolina will go a long way towards their confidence heading into their home opener.