2014 NFL Draft Strategy Breakdown: Oakland Raiders

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Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) is tackled by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Off-Season Losses
During this off-season the Raiders picked up a lot of players off of free agency, however at the same time, they had to dump a lot of players to make room for their new acquisitions. Among RB Rashad Jennings, the Raiders’ OT  Jared Veldheer, DE Lamar Houston, DT Vance Walker, OT Tony Pashos and WR Jacoby Ford have all pursued and gained work in cities other than Oakland. Among their biggest losses would have to be RB Rashad Jennings and DE Lamar Houston. Last season in the absence of RB Darren McFadden, Jennings played lights out, rushing for 733 yards and six touchdowns on 163 attempts for a 4.5 yards per carry average in 2013. Yet despite Jennings’ great play, Jennings ended up going to New York to play with the New York football Giants. It still to this day confuses me why the Raiders decided to go with injury-plagued McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew over Rashad. Rashad (in my estimation) proved that he was able to be a full-time starter and carry the offensive load. However, the Raiders must have though otherwise after giving McFadden a contract extension. And for DE Lamar Houston, he played also very tough football last season for the Raiders with 69 total tackles and 6.0 sacks (lead the team). Although those losses in personnel were pretty big, the Raiders were more than able to accommodate those losses with new and better players.

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