The Raiders will look to add pieces in the draft after a roller coaster of a season
Heading into this season, the Las Vegas Raiders had seemingly a solid enough roster. Derek Carr is a solid QB, they had a few weapons on the offensive side, and brought in some extra defensive pieces through the draft and free agency. But when the season started, that all quickly collapsed.
For starters, there was the whole Jon Gruden debacle. If you somehow didn’t hear what happened, Gruden had a number of leaked emails with many of them being very problematic, and at the end of it all, he resigned. Regardless of what you think of in terms of Gruden as a coach, losing your coach in the middle of the season when you weren’t expecting it is not easy for any team to handle.
While losing your head coach is bad enough, that was just the tip of the iceberg for Vegas.
On November 2, 2021, former Raiders’` first-round draft pick Henry Ruggs was charged with four felonies in a deadly car accident.
Unsurprisingly, Ruggs would be cut from the Raiders and is now going through the justice system. Sadly, Ruggs wasn’t the only Raiders player to be charged with a DUI as a few months later, cornerback Nate Hobbs would also be charged with a DUI.
Vegas and their roster have dealt with more off-field issues than any other team in recent memory, but somehow, someway, the Raiders beat out teams in close game after close game and somehow managed to sneak into the playoffs. Vegas would ultimately fall to the Bengals 26-19 after a goal-line interception by Germaine Pratt.
While the Raiders did end up losing, they have nothing to be upset about. Vegas had to deal with a ridiculous amount of issues, but despite the issues, they battled their way into the playoffs. Now that their season is over, Vegas will look to add some pieces in the draft.