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Worst Position: Quarterback
The Raiders signed Matt Schaub this offseason most likely as a placeholder in case they couldn't grab a top QB in the draft. Schaub is coming off an abysmal 2013 where he threw for just 2,310 yards and 14 interceptions.
Luckily for Oakland fans, their team was able to grab Derek Carr in the second round of the draft. Schaub and Carr will battle it out in camp to see whether the offense will be led by a talented rookie or seasoned veteran.
Either way, both are new to the Black Hole and will need time to settle in. It's possible that time runs over into the regular season. There is also no guarantee that Carr lives up to his draft hype or Schaub puts his 2013 struggles behind him.
Because of all the unknowns at a vital position, quarterback is the one in need of most work in Oakland.
Best Position: Running Back
Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew are getting older and have been plagued by their fair share of injuries. The Raiders are obviously hoping that those struggles don't surface this season. And if they don't, the tandem of McFadden and Jones-Drew could turn out to be a dynamic one.
Both are similar types of backs, but that's not exactly a bad thing. That allows the Raiders to approach each offensive snap essentially the same each time, regardless of who is in the backfield.
Both are out to prove that their issues are behind them and live up to the talent they possess. There are a few red flags here, but overall, the Raiders have the ability to run a fine two-back system if they wish.
At the very least, the split time will keep each back healthier over the long haul of the season.