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Key Free-Agent and Trade Arrivals: QB Matt Schaub, CB Tarell Brown, OT Austin Howard, WR James Jones, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, CB Carlos Rogers, DE Antonio Smith, DE Justin Tuck, LB LaMarr Woodley
Key Departures: DE Lamarr Houston, CB Mike Jenkins, RB Rashad Jennings, CB Tracy Porter, OT Jared Veldheer, QB Terrelle Pryor
Key Rookies: LB Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr, OG Gabe Jackson, CB Keith McGill
2013 Record: 4-12
Biggest Hole: QB
In an attempt to salvage a job that appeared to be doomed from the beginning, Reggie McKenzie opted to put his team in the hands of a veteran quarterback with a knack for not making critical errors—that is, until last season.
Matt Schaub was run out of Houston last year after throwing 14 interceptions in 10 games and having a passer rating of 73.
Head coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie seemed convinced that 2013 was an anomaly for the QB.
When the Raiders were on the clock with pick No. 5 of the draft, some speculated they’d take a QB. They upgraded their defense instead, but then did take Fresno State QB Derek Carr in the second round. Carr is set to start the season as the third-strong QB, though.
The Raiders have some talent at nearly every position. That said, quarterback will not only make or break this season for the Raiders, it will also make or break the jobs of two key decision-makers.