I continue my look back on the Oakland Raiders season with a closer look at the good, the bad and the solution for the offense. The unit was dysfunctional for most of the season and most of the potential stars were ineffective. Players like Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore were average to good, but not the playmakers the Raiders needed. Carson Palmer was a serviceable option at quarterback, but not the leader Oakland needed under center.
So that leaves us with this year’s offensive MVP- tight end Brandon Myers. He had career highs in 79 catches, 105 targets, 806 yards and the first four touchdown catches in his career. If that’s not enough, Myers caught 41 passes for first down, a major help for a struggling offense. When the Raiders needed a play it was normally Myers made it for the Oakland offense.
The highlight of Myers’ season came in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns. He caught 14 passes on 15 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown. He was the sole reason the Raiders were in that game in the first place given the fact Oakland had no running game what to brag about and Palmer had to throw the ball 54 times. Myers became a go-to target in the game because of his sure hands and ability to make a catch in traffic.
The Oakland offense was a disaster this season, but luckily they had a player like Myers. The tight end was clearly the best offensive threat the Raiders had this season, so clearly he was the Raiders’ offensive MVP.