These are Jon Gruden’s Raiders
There are many questions about this team, but one thing not in question is the marks Gruden have left on this team.
Sitting at 6-4, the Raiders are currently 2nd in the AFC West division and hoping to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. Who would have thought that so soon? Especially after Gruden traded Khalil Mack for first-round picks and then going all-in on Antonio Brown in this past offseason, only to have Brown get frustrated with almost everything and leave the team. No one thought the Raiders would be in this position right now and here
With all of their first-round draft picks, the Raiders picked up some of the best rookies we have ever seen, at least statistically, and that says something. Josh Jacobs is arguably the most consistent of the rookies this season, and Gruden is already using him as a bell cow. Let’s give Derek Carr credit though because he’s playing some excellent football with who is weapons are. Two rookie pass catchers
On the defensive side of I’m sure we were all excited to see Johnathan Abram hit stick some guys out on the field but sadly Raiders had to put him on injured reserve. Outside of Abram, rookie defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby are standing out for the Raiders defense racking up sacks every week. A huge change from last year when ex raider Khalil Mack all season had more turnovers, sacks, and defensive touchdowns than the entire Raiders team.
Seeing this now young team succeed is exciting. We could be seeing the Raiders as a top team for years to come after this, as long as the pieces keep falling together like they have. Mr Spider 2 Y Banana himself could just possibly get another ring, and boy that’ wild man.