5 Offseason Additions With the Most to Offer the Oakland Raiders in 2014

5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer the Oakland Raiders in 2014

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Last season the Oakland Raiders had one of the least identifiable rosters in the NFL, which lead the team to have an active offseason. The Raiders signed a handful of proven veterans in hopes to snap an eleven year playoff drought. If the older players Oakland signed play up to their standards, the team will be much improved. Here are the five additions with the most to offer Oakland next season.

5. Maurice Jones-Drew

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5. Maurice Jones-Drew

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Three years ago Maurice Jones-Drew would be number one on this list, but his numbers took a big hit last season, including going down to 3.4 yards per carry. The hope is that the fall in numbers was partially due to his surroundings in Jacksonville. I doubt he will be able to regain his all-pro form, but I think he can get back to a respectable level.

4. Justin Tuck

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4. Justin Tuck

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Justin Tuck ended his nine-year career with the New York Giants in the offseason. New York's loss is Oakland's gain. Tuck has been a very reliable and productive player throughout his career. He had his fourth double-digit sack season a year ago when he recorded 11 sacks. He will also provide good leadership and can help mentor some of Oakland's young players, including the next guy on this list.

3. Khalil Mack

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3. Khalil Mack

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The Oakland Raiders took Khalil Mack with the fifth overall selection in the NFL draft. Players picked that high need to be able to step right in and perform. Mack was seen as one of the safest picks in the draft. He has the record for most forced fumbles and is tied for the most tackles for loss in NCAA history. Mack should be able to bring this playmaking ability to the field immediately.

2. James Jones

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2. James Jones

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Just like Maurice Jones-Drew and Justin Tuck, James Jones left the team he had spent his entire career with. He will be going into a situation much different than his time with Green Bay. For the first time in his career, he will be the number one option. It will be an adjustment, but his overall talent will definitely help Oakland's offense.

1. Matt Schaub

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1. Matt Schaub

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The fresh start tour continues with Matt Schaub. I don't think there is another player in the league that needed to switch teams more than he did. The good news is he went to a team that started Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin last season. Schaub should be able to give the Raiders some stability at the most important position. He also lets Oakland sit Derek Carr down for a year while he learns the pro game.


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