Raiders mailbag: Talking QB, free agent needs, Latavius Murray and the media

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The Oakland Raiders have had a busy offseason already which means there are a ton of questions to be answered. So let’s get right to it.

My ideal situation is drafting a mid round pick to sit behind a veteran stop gap option. Who exactly? Well for me, David Fales out of San Jose State is a great option. He will be available in mid rounds so the Raiders can use their first couple of picks finding defensive starters. He had a great college career and did so with lackluster talent surrounding him unlike many other quarterbacks in the draft (don’t forget he beat Derek Carr and his fancy wide receivers). As for the veteran, I would like to see the Raiders sign either Matt Schaub or Josh Freeman. Schaub has the most experience as a starter of any veteran quarterback available and would easily beat out Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin to be the day one starter. Freeman on the other hand, is more of a risk but with much more upside. He may not be able to win the starting job, but if he does and can return to form, he is young enough to still have a good career with the Raiders.

OH look! We have a follow up question:

@Cover32_OAK I was really high on @Raiders picking up Schaub if he was released. Texans want a trade now, so I say go after Vick. Thoughts? — ☆Music City Raider★ (@TSUGoldie) March 19, 2014

I would much rather not trade for Schaub since I am not convinced he is necessarily a great option. If it is a late round pick I would not be upset, but my bigger concern is his contract, he would need to take a big time pay cut in my opinion. Vick is definitely not a terrible option. He can come in and start right away and play well. Plus, if the Raiders defy expectations and give Terrelle Pryor a shot in the future, Vick isn’t a bad guy to model his game after.

Quarterback. The Raiders need to get a veteran quarterback to add to the mix in Oakland. No, they cannot and likely will not find the answer to the QB situation, but it is important to add a veteran to the mix. A vet will up the level of competition and also has a good chance to win the starting job. Plus, a veteran will be valuable in helping a young quarterback develop should the Raiders draft one.

In my opinion both Juron Criner and Brice Butler are ifs to make the roster. They were bubble guys last season and will have an even harder time making the team this year. Denarius Moore on the other hand is likely safe. He is still on a cheap contract and has the speed to cause problems for defenses. He is very inconsistent but not being a starter will minimize that defect.

I do not like drafting any quarterback in the first round. Not sure I have said this enough even though I say it constantly on my Twitter account. There is not a single quarterback in this draft that is worth taking with the number five pick. That is not necessarily a bash on the quarterbacks but rather a nod to the quality of this draft. There are a ton of play makers in the first round and if the QB position was not so overly emphasized in the NFL I do not think any of these guys would be taken until the middle of the first round.

From everything I have heard, Murray is healthy and ready to go this year. And I for one am extremely excited to see what he can do. With a rebuilt offensive line the Raiders appear ready to run the ball heavily this season. Murray is a big back with big time speed. Raiders commentator Greg Papa once said that his mix of size and speed is reminiscent of Bo Jackson. Now that is exciting.

Because it is! The Raiders are one of the most storied franchises in history. Not only did they have an epic run of success, they also have a lot of character and back story. From Al Davis, to John Madden to Tom Flores to Amy Trask to the AFL to the vertical offense, you simply cannot write the history of the NFL without the Raiders. When they are good, the story lines for the media are better. The Raiders are good topic for discussion and great for ratings, even more so when they are good.

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  • TJA

    James : Your WR assessment is misplaced because Butler more than earned his roster spot last year. In fact, but for the Steeler game he was on his way to a more Than decent rookie year. Having said this, Ford and Criner likely will not be on the final roster. Butler, Moore and Holmes should make up the WR position with Jones and Streeter along with a possible draft choice.

  • Anonymous

    Ford is a free Agent. So TJA I will have to say that your assessment is grossly misplaced. That and the fact that Moore and Butler drop passes like TO!!!

  • Anonymous

    My assessment is my opinion !!! You are right Ford is a free agent that will likely not be retained by the Raiders. Criner was not given a chance but is an NFL receiver . Next, every WR on the Raiders last year dropped multiple passes . We all agree this should not happen . In the end , the Raider WRs are no better no worse than 85 per cent if the NFL teams!!’

  • Anonymous

    To further elucidate, my opinion is that Moore and Butler are young talented WRs. Should they drop passes? Have they ? No and Yes. Will they continue to improve and eliminate drops? Absolutely !!

  • TJA

    My assessment is my opinion !!! You are right Ford is a free agent that will likely not be retained by the Raiders. Criner was not given a chance but is an NFL receiver . Next, every WR on the Raiders last year dropped multiple passes . We all agree this should not happen . In the end , the Raider WRs are no better no worse than 85 per cent if the NFL teams!!’

  • TJA

    Don Reggie has done great so far since FA signing began this month. Few more pieces and the Raiders of the late 60’s and early 70’s and their ghosts will reemerge !!