By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on June 10, 2014
The Oakland Raiders should be an improved team from the disappointing 2013 squad, but that isn't saying much considering the team's 4-12 finish. Oakland still has some weak spots to strengthen before they can make a serious push for the playoffs. Some of their better players may not have their best seasons in 2014 either. Here are five Raiders who will have a tough time in the upcoming season.
Janikowski is entering his 15th season in the league, and his age is starting to show. Last season, the 36-year-old hit just 21-of-30 field goal attempts, good for his worst ratio since his rookie season.
Jones is coming into a new system in which he'll have to build chemistry with a new quarterback who is not nearly as good as Aaron Rodgers.
McFadden isn't going to struggle to move the football when he's on the field. The talented back is going to struggle to stay healthy enough to make it to the field -- the way he has in all six of his professional seasons.
There is a lot of pressure on Schaub to get the job done immediately with Derek Carr in the mix. Fans are going to start calling Carr's name if Schaub doesn't win fast, which will be tough with a new and weaker supporting cast than he's used to.
Woodson's return to the Raiders last season was a great story, and his performance was admirable. The 37-year-old will turn 38 during the 2014 season. He's had an incredible run, but age has to catch up with future Hall of Famer at some point.
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