As we did for the defense earlier today, we are looking at three changes the Raiders should made on offense as they begin Chucky 2.0:
- Top receiver: The key to this 2018 season as Jon Gruden takes over the Raiders is quarterback Derek Carr. Gruden must get Carr right after he was in a funk in 2017. What’s the best way to spark a quarterback — yes, give him a gift in the form of a top receiver. The Raiders can really use one. Michael Crabtree will be 31 and he declined last season. Amari Cooper you say? Well, he has potential, but he has been terribly inconsistent and he looked like an average No. 2 receiver last season. If he turns it around, great, but the Raiders have to have a plan if Cooper continues to be inconsistent. I’ve been all over Oakland going after Jarvis Landry, Sammy Watkins or Allen Robinson in free agency.
- Starting tailback: It’s too early to know if the Raiders are going to let Marshawn Lynch walk. I would. He’s going to be 32 and the Raiders need to find a new tailback. The start of the Chucky era is as good of time as ever. A stud running back would make Carr’s life easier, too. I say Oakland should draft a running back in the second or third round. It’s another good tailback year.
- Third receiver: See a theme here? The Raiders were anemic at times on offense. They need more firepower. Seth Roberts is too unreliable to be a standout No. 3. Oakland needs to draft a playmaker or add a No. 3 receiver in free agency. If Gruden gets upgrades at all three of these posts, Carr will be much better for it. Talk about a problem solver.