The Las Vegas Raiders head into the 2021 season with several question marks due to recent roster moves. At least this appears to be the sentiment with the national media.
Most recently, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport was on Rich Eisen’s show where he shared his thoughts on the Silver and Black. Since Mike Mayock’s arrival with the Raiders, it can be said that the team has missed on several draft picks. This is especially true when you consider the level of talent that was passed over. Of course, many fans defend these decisions by stating that all NFL teams at one point or another, whiff on picks. This is true but the constant misses in such a short span are worrisome.
Eisen raises questions of what is going on with the roster but more importantly, who’s really calling the shots? As well all know, the question has been posed as to who’s on the hot seat this year. Based on Jon Gruden’s contract and his apparent control over the team, it does seem Mayock could be the odd man out. Obviously, another big concern is why a couple of third-round picks have been let go without ever seeing the field. Rapoport weighed in on Mayock’s work so far.
With all due respect…
‘With all due respect to our friend Mayock, I get a lot of questions. Two third-round picks not even seeing the field for one second. It happens. You miss on draft picks, usually, you don’t miss that much but it happens. I would say that they’re still in roster construction mode.’
Addressing the K.J. Wright and Denzel Perryman acquisitions, Rapoport did give the Raiders credit for ‘recognizing an issue and trying to solve it.’ However, he was quick to point out that Mayock’s drafts have not been good. When this happens, your team has to continuously sign and trade for players according to Rapoport.
To be fair, the NFL insider did say that if the Raiders stay healthy, they could be a playoff team. Be that as it may, both Rapoport and Mayock agree that when it comes to Las Vegas, ‘nobody knows whose fault it is.‘ If the team does falter late in the season, there will be plenty of questions once again. By the same token, winning always cures everything, if the Raiders make the playoffs, all of this second-guessing will finally disappear.
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