Miami Dolphins 2017 season preview: Week 9 vs. Oakland Raiders – Miami Dolphins News

Miami Dolphins 2017 season preview: Week 9 vs. Oakland Raiders – Miami Dolphins News

After a Thursday Night Football contest against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8, the Miami Dolphins continue their three-week prime-time streak with a Sunday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. The Raiders looked like a contender in the AFC last year before quarterback Derek Carr was injured and missed the end of the season and the team’s Wildcard game against the Houston Texans.

Will the Raiders return to the 12-3 team they were before Carr’s injury, or will they be the team that was outscored 51-20 in Week 17 and the Wildcard contest? Will the addition of running back Marshawn Lynch be enough to push Oakland deeper into the playoffs?

We continue our look at the Dolphins’ 2017 opponents with a closer look at the Raiders with the help of Silver and Black Pride.

Notable free agent additions

TE Jared Cook, WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson, OT Marshall Newhouse, LB Jelani Jenkins, QB EJ Manuel

Notable free agent departures

OT Menelik Watson, LB Malcolm Smith, DT Stacy McGee, RB Latavius Murray, CB DJ Hayden, TE Mychal Rivera, DT Dan Williams (cut), WR Andre Holmes, QB Matt McGloin, LB Daren Bates, S Brynden Trawick, S Nate Allen

Trades

Acquired Marshawn Lynch from Seahawks

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies

1st round pick Gareon Conley as slot corner, 2nd round pick Obi Melifonwu as hybrid LB/S, 3rd round pick Eddie Vanderdoes in rotation at DT/DE spot, 5th round pick Marquel Lee at inside linebacker, 7th round pick Shalom Luani on special teams.

Biggest offseason addition

Marshawn Lynch. As far as free agents are concerned, it’s Jared Cook. He and Lynch are the only who will for…

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