Raiders News: Las Vegas in Top 5 Most Improved Teams
The Las Vegas Raiders will be very different in 2022 than they were in 2021. Between coaches on the sidelines, players between the painted white lines and even people in the front office, the Raiders have seen quite a bit of turnover.
Only time will tell if all of these changes were the right ones for the organization, but right now the future is looking pretty bright in Las Vegas, and Launderer’s report Alex Ballentina ranked the Silver and Black as the fifth most improved team in the NFL this offseason.
Notable additions: WR Davante Adams, Edge Chandler Jones, DL Bilal Nichols, CB Anthony Averett, CB Rock Ya-Sin, WR Demarcus Robinson, IOL Dylan Parham, HC Josh McDaniels
The Raiders almost missed this list, as it’s hard to believe they’ll reach their potential without a major offensive line upgrade. The unit finished 28th in the final PFF standings, and they haven’t really done much to bring in top talent outside of drafting Dylan Parham and signing Alex Bars.
However, there is a new coaching staff and enough young players to believe they will improve through development and training.
Everywhere else, however, the Raiders have improved. They’ve locked Derek Carr into a new contract, guaranteeing they’ll have top-notch quarterback play. Even though Carr isn’t a top caller, he’s still well above average and a better option than wading into the unknown with someone else.
Negotiating for Davante Adams gives Carr all the weapons he needs to succeed. It’s hard to top Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller as the big three.
The Raiders’ best work has come on defense. They turned defensive end Yannick Ngakoue into Rock Ya-Sin via trade and signed Chandler Jones. The former Cardinals passing thrower will know new head coach Josh McDaniels from their time together in New England.
McDaniels has all the tools he will need to succeed quickly. He will have every opportunity to demonstrate that he has improved since his unfortunate time as head coach of Denver Broncos during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
While it’s nice to be listed in the Top 5 in the entire league, the Raiders’ improvements have also been ranked third-best in the AFC West. Ballentine has the Los Angeles Chargers as No. 2 and the Denver Broncos as the top dog.
Then again, it’s much more difficult to improve when the bar is set higher, as the Raiders were the only playoff entrant in that threesome last season.