Heading into this offseason, many expected that the Raiders’ prime focus would be to upgrade their pass rush through the draft, free agency, or even both.
While they may not have done so with any big names, their pass rush should be improved for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, that improvement should come as a result of some significant upgrades in the secondary. The extra time provided in coverage, if even just one second, is crucial in allowing the pass-rushers to get to the quarterback.
Up front, there are a number of players capable of taking advantage of that pass-rush opportunity.
Heading into this season healthy should put Andre Carter in a much better spot than last year, and Lamarr Houston continues to develop his game as a pass-rusher as well.
Third-round draft pick Sio Moore will see the majority of his snaps at linebacker, but he also has the ability to put his hand in the ground as a nickel defensive end and get after the quarterback.
Another name to keep an eye on is seventh-round draft pick David Bass. Bass was an extremely productive pass-rusher at Missouri Western, with the speed and quickness to achieve edge-rush success in the NFL quite quickly.