How does the Las Vegas Raiders offense become elite in 2021?
By CJ Errickson
Raiders have to get Bryan Edwards and Foster Moreau involved
Finally, the Las Vegas Raiders possess young talented players at the skill positions they sporadically utilized last season. Not just in general, but in the red-zone as well. One of those players is wide receiver, Bryan Edwards.
Edwards was one of the Raiders’ three third-round selections in 2020’s NFL draft. The former South Carolina Gamecock missed some time last season due to injury and was sparingly involved in the offense’s gameplan when active, but when the team gave him a chance in the season finale, he shined.
As a 6’3″ and approximately 210 lbs. target, Edwards is a player that can win one on one matchups on the outside of the hash marks consistently. However, he must receive more than 15 targets next season; that is the amount he received in 12 games played in 2020.
Simply put, he is a physical specimen that can elevate the Las Vegas offense no matter who is throwing him the football.
Another underutilized player on offense was a second-year tight end, Foster Moreau. Moreau saw a backseat in snaps (never played over 43% of snaps last season) due to veteran tight end Jason Witten, however, he will not have to worry about that in 2021. Witten recently retired, and if the Silver and Black were hesitant to use him after his season-ending ACL injury in 2019, they need not worry anymore.
Foster is a player that proved he can be a mismatch for opposing defense’s last season, and he should be afforded more opportunities to do so next season as Darren Waller’s backup. Above all, the playcalling in the red zone (and in general) has to be better, and that falls directly on Jon Gruden’s shoulders.
The $100 million head coach must dig into his complex playbook if the Las Vegas offense wants to become elite in 2021. But first, they need to ensure that they have the proper personnel to maximize the offense’s potency next season.