Raiders News: PFF suggests more Patriots could come to Las Vegas
This is by no means groundbreaking news, as several people have suggested that the Las Vegas Raiders might bring in a few oldies. New England Patriots this offseason after the Raiders hired Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler as head coach and general manager.
The ‘patriotic method’ or system has always been integral to New England’s success, so bringing in players who understand and know the playbook and mentality wouldn’t be a bad idea for McDaniels and Ziegler, who were coming both of the said organization. .
But what might make these rumors more concrete is Focus on professional football’ Doug Kyed, who covered the Patriots from 2011-2021, was recently asked about how the Raiders might attack this offseason and had this to say:
The Raiders hired head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler from the New England Patriots and also brought in offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, quarterback coach Bo Hardegree and coach of the New England offensive line Carmen Bricillo. Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and senior defensive assistant Rob Ryan also spent time in New England. They all join Raiders assistant director of player personnel DuJuan Daniels, who also spent years as a scout with the Patriots.
So how are they going to attack free will? The most likely answer is that they will try to bring on board guys they know well.
The top Patriots free agents are:
S Devin McCourty
T Trent Brown
LB Dont’a Hightower
LB Jamie Collins
CB JC Jackson
G/C Ted Karras
ST Matthew Slater
RB James White
RB Brandon Bolden
QB Brian Hoyer
McCourty and Jackson are the two defensive backs on the list above that stand out for me, however, the former turns 35 in August and the latter could end up outside the Las Vegas price range.
While a lot of Raider fans won’t like to hear it, the Raiders could use a right tackle and Trent Brown is a good tackle, when motivated. The end of that sentence is the problem, but who knows, maybe Brown has a strong relationship with McDaniels and that’s enough to keep him going. Ted Karras would also be a quality option on guard for the Silver and Black, so New England might have a few castaways in the trenches who could migrate to the desert.
Kyed later goes on to talk about the draft, stating:
“I believe the Raiders will also look at similar prospects to the Patriots. Wide receiver, cornerback, defensive tackle and linebacker are the Raiders main needs. Although the Patriots didn’t draft well at wide receiver, McDaniels and Ziegler were able to select Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in 2010. That’s a promising sign as the Raiders look to add weapons to quarterback Derek Carr.
Finding a wide like Thomas or Decker would be a huge win for the Raiders, and Zeigler and Co. got a second-round gem in defensive tackle Christian Barmore last year. In other words, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the new diet.
In other Raiders links:
- McDaniels sits down with The 33rd team: the new Raiders head coach made one of his first interviews as manager of the Silver and Black and talked about all the changes he’s been through.
- DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M prospecting report: a defensive tackle Las Vegas should consider with its second-round draft pick.
- Raiders sign offensive lineman: Jordan Meredith joins the Silver and Black after a stint in training camp with the Rams, per Las Vegas Review – Journal’s Vinny Bonsignore.
- Key versatility for the Raiders defense in 2022: There are quality pieces in place for new Las Vegas defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, Ray Aspuria pens.