Oakland Raiders continue to search for answers in secondary

By Josh Walfish
Steve Mitchell US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Raiders knew they needed to improve their secondary and evidently they feel there is still is work to do.

The defensive backfield has undergone a major transition since the beginning of September and four of the 11 defensive backs on the active roster were not a part of the Raiders on Aug. 31. The latest addition to the unit is Brandian Ross, who Oakland signed off of the Green Bay Packers practice squad on Wednesday. The Raiders also now have two defensive backs on the practice squad with Thursday’s addition of Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

Oakland ranked 27th in passing defense last season, giving up more than 4,000 yards through the air last season. The Raiders have moved up to eighth this season, but they have regressed in rush defense. Either way, Oakland is not satisfied with their defensive backs and was dealt a major blow when starting cornerback Ron Bartell was placed on injured reserve, designated for return on Saturday.

Losing Bartell was a big deal and now both of the starting corners played on different teams last season. It will be up to the starting safeties Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff to lead this secondary and help shut down the passing game. The Raiders are going to keep tinkering with their roster until something works, which is a good thing, but what they really need to some consistency and health from the starters to make this season a success.

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