With the resignation of head coach Jon Gruden, a new era has begun for the Las Vegas Raiders. He was responsible for all the changes in the roster and now the team has to figure things out. With the NFL season in full swing, there is only so much the team can do to play around with the roster.
However, the raiders apparently want to shake up at least a little. On Tuesday the team brought 10 players for training and visits.
Here is a list of the players the Raiders carved out:
As of now, the Raiders haven’t officially signed any of these players, but it’s clear they want to keep an eye on a lot of guys.
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With big problems on the offensive throughout the season, Dan Skipper and Earl Watford should be names to watch out for. Skipper has been in the NFL since 2017 but has only played 12 career games, including nine with the Detroit Lions. Watford could be an interesting option for the guard. He has played in 71 career games, including 25 starts.
Austin Mack is another interesting name. The 24-year-old wide receiver from the state of Ohio played eleven games for the New York Giants last season, catching seven passes for 91 yards. The Raiders also have injury problems with the cornerback. Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette were recently placed in the injured reserve. Maybe that opens up a place for Tony Brown, Ken Webster or Bradley McDougald. All three players have been in the NFL for several years.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Gruden scandal occurred at the beginning of the season. There are 12 other regular season games that you can play. If the team wasn’t good they could just quit and call for the rest of the season. The Raiders, however, are 3-2 and in the mix for a playoff spot.
Asking this team to win enough games to get into the playoffs with their head coach is a big job, but it’s not impossible. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia is respected throughout the team and should be able to rally the troops. The greatest concern will be the offense. Gruden led the offensive and it was done in his image. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is in control of the defensive and not much will change. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson didn’t mention any games under Gruden, but he did in the past. Fortunately, the Raiders in Derek Carr have a very smart quarterback who should be able to keep the offensive afloat. It’s been a tough time for Las Vegas right now, but the season is far from over.
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