Raider Ramble Roundtable for Week 10

Welcome to the Week 10 edition of the Raider Ramble Roundtable where some of the Ramble’s finest contributors and guests will bring you their thoughts on all the rumblings, rumors, stats, and even fake news.

Without further ado let’s get into it as the Ramble welcomes Brad Weiss of Just Blog Baby this week as our guest panelist.

How has your perception of Derek Carr changed?

Ryan Hawks

Initially, I started to lose faith in Carr this season for the first time. Critics knock Carr as being Captain Checkdown – but that’s exactly what Gruden wants. And this season with a better squad around, Carr is again showcasing his other trademark – Captain Clutch. Through nine games, Carr has three-game winning drives, flipping the switch when the team needs him most.

Ray Aspuria

Entering the season I didn’t think Carr was Chucky’s QB. Jon Gruden has to believe “this is the QB that can play efficiently and win me some ball games.” I didn’t believe that to be the case all last year and at times this season. However, after Gruden noting Carr is “like having a coach on the field”, I have no reservations believing DC is JG’s dude at QB.

Brad Weiss

To be honest, my perception of Derek Carr has remained the same throughout his career. Over the course of his five-plus years as a starter, he has been put in some terrible situations, and we saw what he could do with some stability back in 2016. All the narrative of him being on his way out with the franchise I believed was bogus, as he seems to have a special relationship with Gruden, and can play at a high level.

Chris Simmons

I’ve always thought he’s pretty good and would be very hard to move on from. Considering that the chances of finding his replacement would be incredibly low, I haven’t seriously believed that Gruden would be trying to replace him before Year 1 or 2 of Vegas. He’s efficient and decisive when protected but still a little panicky when things break down. The most important thing to me though, is that he’s still getting better.

Which defender has the highest ceiling?

Ray Aspuria

Maxx Crosby was a developmental prospect out of Eastern Michigan, now the fourth-round pick is quickly generating buzz among the most respected analysts that cover the NFL. His wing span is ridiculous and his motor is off the charts. If he gets his pass rush tool box refined, he’s going to be a must-account-for rusher. While I do like what I’m seeing from Trayvon Mullen and the glimpses of Johnathan Abram, Crosby can become a complete defensive end: Both a run stopper and pass rusher.

Brad Weiss

I still like Johnathan Abram to take that mantle, as I feel he can be an All-Pro at this level. Sure, we have seen only one game in terms of a sample size, but he is special, and would solidify a position on this defense that has been a liability for quite some time. Meanwhile, Erik Harris is playing out of his mind, and Lamarcus Joyner is slowly coming along in recent weeks, the safety position with the Raiders will be a strong one moving forward.

Chris Simmons

I don’t really have a concrete answer, mostly because I think it’s too early to close the book on Clelin Ferrell and Abram got injured right away. Crosby certainly deserves some recognition but he has some discipline issues in terms of offsides. I think I’m saving my excitement for whomever the Raiders end up taking with their highest first rounder next April.

Ryan Hawks

We all got a good look at who has the highest ceiling finally week 9 against the Los Angeles Chargers. It is Clelin Ferrell. After many fans were already (ridiculously) ready to call him a bust, Ferrell came out swinging against the flailing Chargers. He couldn’t be stopped, piling up five solo tackles and two and a half sacks. Ferrell was seen as a reach, because he wasn’t as explosive a pass rusher as guys like Josh Allen. However, what Mike Mayock sees in him is a guy with a ton of potential in the long term.

Expectations for the rest of the season?

Brad Weiss

Not being a homer at all here, but there is only one game left on this schedule that really scares me. The Raiders should be 7-4 going into that crucial game on the road against Kansas City. Even if the Raiders do lose to the Chiefs, pretty much ending their chance at an AFC West title, they have easier schedule after that game as well. This is a team that is built to beat the likes of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, and the Denver Broncos are just not there in terms of talent this season. When all is said and done, this will be a 10-win team, and earn a spot as a Wild Card in the AFC.

Chris Simmons

While I don’t want to count too many wins for a team with serious defensive injury and talent issues, the Raiders could certainly nail down a winning season. The next two games are very winnable but we are not at the stage where any win is a given. Personally a 7-9 season would have been a win entering the season, that it is now the floor makes this season a win.

Ray Aspuria

I’m taking the rest of the schedule one game at a time. My 7-9 preseason prediction looked like it was going to happen — still could. But with an emotional win over their AFC West foe Chargers Thursday night, the Raiders have grander expectations and that’s playoffs and beyond. Can the Raiders get there? Sure. But they can easily miss it all the same. The Raiders have a golden opportunity to win the next two games and head into another division tilt (with the Chiefs) in three weeks at 7-4. So, while 10-6 is possible, 7-9 is too.

Ryan Hawks

Playoffs? Of course, that would be a dream come true at this point in the season. The team has honestly exceeded many people’s expectations, sitting at 5-4 after one of the most brutal stretches of road games in recent history. With sub par teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets on the horizon, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think the team could go 9-7, or God forbid, 10-6 and sneak into the playoffs as a wild card. Gruden’s offense has been clicking with a run-first philosophy. However, if many more guys go down, it could spell trouble, even against lower-tiered teams.

Best non-Josh Jacobs rookie?

Chris Simmons

For my money it has to be Foster Moreau. This guy wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a Lee Smith clone but he has completely changed the narrative. Now he is a legitimate sure-handed red zone threat for Carr and Gruden on top of being a blocking menace. I almost went with Ingold for similar blocking reasons but Moreau has proven to be much more dynamic than anybody could have anticipated.

Ray Aspuria

I wanted to roll with Alec Ingold, a prospect I was pounding the table for even before the 2018 college season ended. I was also very close to selecting tight end Foster Moreau. The transition from college to pro tight end is one of the most difficult. For this, I’m rolling with Hunter Renfrow. Notice how often Derek Carr is looking for the fifth-round wide receiver lately? Like late-great tight end Todd Christensen before him, Renfrow has a lot of friends on third down.

Brad Weiss

In terms of production this season, I have to go with Mad Maxx Crosby here. This is a guy who came into the league as a fourth round pick, broke his hand in the preseason, and has come on to be one of the more dominant edge rushers on this Raiders defense. Crosby is the kind of defensive player that Raiders fans love, as he plays with incredible passion, and loves being a member of the team.

Ryan Hawks

Maxx Crosby. No question. Honestly with the way he is playing I was tempted to put him in the highest ceiling section. But he fit in here nicely, and I had to give Ferrell some respect after his last game. But Crosby has been much better than advertised and forms a nice “salt and pepper” duo with Ferrell. He seems to be in on almost every play, whether it’s putting pressure on quarterbacks, or tackling runners. His stats don’t jump off the paper, but the game tape speaks for itself.

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63brutus
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63brutus

Crosby has far exceeded what I expected from him this season. Imagine the potential after he has a full offseason with NFL-caliber nutrition and strength training programs to add more mass and strength to his frame.

Jorge
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Jorge

PJ Hall is developing Nicely, he is always winning his matchups and has the most positively graded plays on the defense. He allows the edge guys to get 1 on ‘s. Hankins given his age, can also be around for a While. Hurst took some steps back, but seems to have found his groove last 2 weeks.
Incognito should get extended,

Jorge
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Jorge

I might be the only person that had Crosby graded as a first and thought he should go at top of Rd 2…..same time, I had Bosa not graded so high….so prob why I don’t professionally scout lol