Oakland Raiders 2017 Season Preview

They had perhaps the NFL’s most exciting passing attack last season with two thousand-yard receivers, but a broken leg suffered by franchise quarterback Derek Carr harpooned any hopes they had for an extended postseason run, and they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. This year, with a fresh-out-of-retirement Marshawn Lynch and a defense-heavy draft class the Raiders are looking to bring a title to Oakland before they move to their new home in Las Vegas.

2016 Record: 12-4

Subtractions: RB Latavius Murray, LBs Malcolm Smith and Perry Riley, RT Menelik Watson, DTs Dan Williams and Stacy McGee

Additions: RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Jared Cook, KR Cordarelle Patterson

Notable Rookies: CB Gareon Conley, S Obi Melifonwu, DT Eddie Vanderdoes

Analysis:

After inking a five-year, $125-million contract this offseason, Derek Carr is the Raiders’ franchise cornerstone and he’ll be looking to replicate or improve upon last year’s 28-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio, with a little help from wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. It’s a real pick-your-poison situation for defenses, as double teaming one of these dynamic receivers runs the risk of leaving the other one open. After spending a season in Green Bay veteran tight end Jared Cook is coming to Oakland to help bolster the passing game. Reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack returns for his fourth season. He’ll be joined by a draft class in which six of the Raiders nine picks were spent on defensive players. On special teams Cordarelle Patterson was signed to return kicks and kicker Sebastian Janikowski returns for his 1000th 18th NFL season.