The Las Vegas Raiders have done a nice job stacking talent for the 2021 NFL season, and here are the five most underrated moves so far.
After barely missing out on the playoffs in 2020, after another strong start to the season, the Las Vegas Raiders went into the offseason looking to put the final pieces of a possible playoff push together. They brought in some solid talent on both sides of the ball, and as we inch towards training camp, you have to think there is a better collection of players than last year.
With that said, let us look at five of the more underrated moves by the Raiders this offseason.
Las Vegas Raiders: 5 most underrated moves of the 2021 offseason
One of the stunning moves by the Raiders this offseason was the trade of Rodney Hudson, an elite center in the NFL. Since coming over to the franchise from Kansas City, Hudson had been the anchor of the Raiders offensive line, serving as a constant during a bunch of upheaval around him yearly.
With Hudson gone, the Raiders made the decision to pay Andre James a big contract, and also bring in Nick Martin via free agency. The move for Martin was a solid one, as he not only has a tremendous amount of starting experience, but he has the kind of work ethic that will rub off on James.
As of now, it is uncertain who is going to be the team’s starting center this Fall, but having both James and Martin in the fold is going to make this an interesting competition. Also, the Raiders drafted Jimmy Morrissey in the seventh round, so having a veteran like Martin in the building is going to help this team on and off the field.