The Raiders Could Have a Big Year!

Nicholas PopioContributor IMay 24, 2009

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Justin Fargas #25 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

On paper, the Raiders are looking better for the upcoming 2009 season.

Jamarcus Russell is getting pushed by Jeff Garcia and will bring out the best in Jamarcus Russell by earning his starting role at quarterback.

The Raiders have one of the best running games in the league.

Our receivers are getting better and, with the additions of Darius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy, the receivers can only get more competitive.

Our offensive line should also be better with the addition of one of the best young centers in the league, Samson Satele, two solid tackles in Khalif Barnes and Erik Pears, and Marcus Johnson as another decent backup.

The defense really needs to gel, especially in the run game with Tommy Kelly, Gerard Warren, and Terdell Sands.

The line-backing core will be very good again as long as Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard play to the level of which they are capable. I personally believe they will because they are two of the best young linebackers in the game.

Need I say anything about the best cornerback in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha?

Chris Johnson is an up-and-coming defensive back and the signing of Keith Davis could pay off for the Raiders in the long run.

Finally, our special teams is just that with Johnnie Lee Higgins, a great returner, Shane Lechler, the best punter in the league, and Sebastian Janikowski, a very solid kicker.

The time is now, so let's put it together and get back to the Super Bowl!

Go Raiders!