It is kind of a given every coach will say they want to get better. Mostly they are talking about getting the players on the roster to improve and become a better team. Dennis Allen is not afraid to go out on the market for free agents to accomplish the goal.
In the last 48 hours, the Oakland Raiders have made six roster moves, three signings and three releases. Five of the six players involved were defensive players, showing where Oakland is looking to improve. The defense has been a weakness of the Raiders’ every week, in Weeks 1 and 3 it was the pass defense and in Week 2 the run defense.
The biggest sigining was Andre Carter, who will give Oakland immediate depth on the defensive line and could challenge Lamarr Houston for the starting job. The 12-year veteran was the seventh pick overall in the 2001 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl last season with the New England Patriots. His 10 sacks in 2011 shows he still has the ability to make a difference in the NFL. He has had 10 or more sacks in a season four times in his career and his 76 career sacks rank eighth-most of all active players.
Oakland has struggled to put pressure on the quarterback and is tied for 31st in the NFL with just three sacks this season. Carter automatically gives the Raiders an upgraded pass rush and will make a difference on the defensive line. Carter was given a tryout during training camp, but was not signed by the team although he did have a second workout. He is coming off a quadriceps injury which sidelined him for the final two games of the regular season last year.
To make room on the active roster, the Raiders cut offensive tackle Joe Barksdale, who was the third-string at both tackle spots.