I have got to say that I am thrilled and am very positive about the direction our beloved Raiders are heading. However, there are a few guys who could help out and really push our team over the top. There really aren't too many glaring weaknesses that I can see. The few that I do see are as follows: better quality starters at C and RG, better No. 2 CB to play opposite Aso, and a veteran wide out to mentor our young wide receivers.
Please allow my reasoning behind these three areas that need improvement in my eyes. Samson Satele is too small and is not nearly strong enough to go up against 3-4 NTs. Current starting RG Cooper Carlisle is getting older and has lost a step. I am sure you all saw the sack Satele gave to Junior Saivii in the Dallas game, where Satele looked like a revolving door.
Even if he had held up against Saivii's rush, Carlisle would've given up a sack on that play because his guy straight bull-rushed him. I am very high on both Campbell and Veldheer, but I think they need a year or so before they can learn the respective positions and be consistent on gameday.
This offseason, I have not been impressed at all really with the play of No.2 CB Chris Johnson. Face it, I gave up on Stanford Routt a long time ago, except on Madden, his speed is nice. I do like the play from our fifth round guy, Walter McFadden.
Right now, I think he is more suited to play nickelback until he can get a better handle on the speed of the pro level.
I think our young wideouts can be excellent. They are all size and speed specimens. I just think they could use the help of a veteran to help them grow and mature.
Here are some guys that I would love to see in the Silver and Black who could help tremendously.