It’s that time of year again. Here are three burning questions for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Is Las Vegas ready for some football?
After years of trying to lure an NFL franchise to Sin City, it is finally coming to fruition.
Relocating to Las Vegas, the Raiders, with their rich franchise history and an abundant national fan base, were one of a handful of teams that could make this location a viable home for NFL action.
Once and for all: is Carr the right guy for Gruden?
Ever since Jon Gruden came out of the Monday Night Football booth to return to coaching, he has composed a list of “his guys” on the roster. Derek Carr has long been one of the players still on the team who many have speculated isn’t Gruden’s top pick under center. Even after receiving a large contract extension last season, the question still remains.
Almost immediately when the free agency period began, the Raiders signed former Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was on the losing end of a quarterback controversy and a transition that is credited with the Titans’ turnaround last season.
Fast forward to this season and the former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall pick could very well be involved in yet another quarterback controversy—only this time, he could be on the winning end.
Gruden always had high praise for Mariota on Monday Night Football. The rumblings will get louder if Carr struggles early in the season.
If the change happens and he turns the season around, he may very well be the Comeback Player of the Year just one season after his replacement took home the same award.
Can Josh Jacobs avoid a sophomore slump?
In his rookie campaign, the No. 24 pick out of Alabama wowed even the optimists.
Jacobs rushed for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns. His yards per carry average was just under five (4.8). Those totals were through 13 games, as he missed the last three weeks of the season with an injury. Had he been healthy, this team could have snuck into the playoffs.
While some players—especially running backs—tend to hit a sophomore slump, Jacobs’s running style should allow him to have a better season statistically than last season.