Oakland Raiders added firepower to an already-potent offense – NFL Nation – Oakland Raiders News

Oakland Raiders added firepower to an already-potent offense – NFL Nation – Oakland Raiders News

The Oakland Raiders ended their offseason program on June 15. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Offseason goals/grade: Goal No. 1? Make sure Derek Carr‘s broken right fibula was healed and no longer an issue. So by the way he was running all over the field during organized team activities and minicamp, check. Goal No. 2? To add to the Raiders’ already high-powered offense. RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Jared Cook and WR Cordarrelle Patterson more than did that. Goal No. 3? Address the middle of the Raiders’ oft-porous defense. Well, er, um … sure, the Raiders drafted MLB Marquel Lee in the fifth round, but they did little else. Cory James and Tyrell Adams were splitting reps while last year’s starter, Perry Riley Jr., remains unemployed. With defensive player of the year Khalil Mack entering his prime as an edge rusher, you’d think the Raiders would want a veteran presence in the middle of the defense. Grade: B

Move I liked: It became the worst-kept secret in the league but after crunching numbers and soothing egos the Raiders’ acquiring Marshawn Lynch from Seattle after the running back’s one-year retirement checks many boxes. For one, he is the violent, punishing, physical runner the Raiders have lacked since, well, Tyrone Wheatley last carried the ball in Oakland. And as long as Lynch is rested and not rusty, he will set up the play-action game quite nicely. Plus, intended or not, Lynch landing in his hometown is a sort of olive branch for a disillusioned fan base, which is losing its team for the second time with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas by 2020. Lynch, a favorite son in the East Bay, said his primary…

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