Welcome to the Week 16 edition of the Raider Ramble Roundtable, where some of the Ramble’s finest contributors and guests will bring you their thoughts on all the Raiders rumblings, rumors, stats, and even fake news.
This week we have Ray Aspuria, CJ, and Phil Robinson of the “Unphiltered Truth” show.
How do you feel about these last two games as far as draft position? Lose em to get a shot at a potential game changing player or win out as a matter of pride?
I’ve got this very peculiar feeling the Raiders muster up the fortitude to win the last two games of the year, still miss the playoffs and hurt their draft position all in the same process. Wouldn’t that just be the Raider thing to do? Imagine the horror if the Los Angeles Chargers are able to add Isaiah Simmons or Derrick Brown to that defense? Ditto for the Denver Broncos.
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Without Trent Brown and with Josh Jacobs ailing, the Raiders are without two integral pieces on offense and that’ll put a damper on an already struggling offense.
Does Carr need to win these two games to remain starter next year or his job safe?
Personally, I believe Carr remains on the team regardless of wins or losses in the next two weeks. There is no doubt in my mind that the Raider front office brings a QB in via free agency/draft. His job is by no means safe with his poor performances and large contract.
Not only does Carr need to win these two games, he’s going to have to do the things his coach has asked him to do. He’s also going to need to do it well enough to convince Gruden it’s more than a mirage. Carr has simply stopped throwing the football to his wide receivers in anything but a few basic pass routes. He’s leading receivers into defenders, while ignoring the left side of the field, in the short to intermediate area. Raider Nation is calling for his head and there may be some uncertainty.
Carr’s contract makes his status as Raiders QB pretty solid, in my opinion. Let’s say the Raiders are willing to deal No. 4, are there teams willing to take on his $18.9 base salary in 2020? That’s a pretty penny for an average quarterback, no? But then, that’s the going rate. Smart money is Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock hanging onto Carr and drafting a quarterback or signing one to legitimately compete with Carr. For too long, the Raiders haven’t had a serious contender to challenge their incumbent QB and that needs to change.
Which player are you looking forward to seeing these last two games?
I’m hoping DeShone Kizer sees some playing time. He’s been put in terrible situations on other teams and didn’t have any success. It’d be good to know if he’s made any improvements, especially in Gruden’s offense.
I’d like to see Rico Gafford as the primary kick and punt returner. No one else on the team has the 4.22 wheels the undrafted kid out of Wyoming has. Why not exploit his wheels in the return game and at wide receiver on jet sweeps and end arounds? Gruden often says the team lacks speed and Gafford has it in spades. Time to see if he’s worthy of the 53-man roster in Las Vegas by giving him ample opportunities in the final two games.
Everybody’s favorite player is the backup QB. Glennon has been demoted to third string, nearly the entire offensive line is being shut down, Jacobs will be out, and Carr will most likely be more concerned with the rush than his progressions. Enter DeShone Kizer, Mayock loved him coming out of Notre Dame and he has more of the new prototypical skills of the modern NFL QB.
My prediction is the Raiders lose to the Chargers. The pass rush is going to me too much for the compromised line and I just think something is going on behind the scenes because Carr looks different. He sounds different. He is acting different and with no weapons I don’t expect much 24-13 Chargers.
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2 thoughts on “Dilemma For Raiders: Win Out Or Draft Position?”
I agree with you Phil Robinson. Carr looks different and sounds different. Something is going on behind the scenes. For whatever reason, possibly the past bad leg injury, Carr is not wont to test the waters when it comes to extending plays. I also think he is pissed at the receiving corps, and rightly so. Especially Williams. Carrs personality is not a good fit for Gruden, or the position the team is currently in. I’m not a Carr hater at all, but for several reasons, he at least needs to be pushed. I think Kizer should be played. I more or less agree with what Matthew Lombardi’s take on the Gruden Carr relationship/situation is. Play to win, but with as many young upside players as possible. The training needs to start now, and the more realistic the better. To me, the most concerning situation is the bare LB Corps that we’ve been playing with more or less for the last 10-15 years. Priority one before Receiver shopping, another CB and another Tackle as well. Raiders, for whatever reason (I don’t know) have been low on moxie for several years at least. It needs to change. Moxie, or call it what you will, is a Raiders hallmark. That, as much as anything won games. RN4L
I’m going to the game Sunday,,,ready to boo!