The Las Vegas Raiders made a few splashes this NFL offseason that should help continue pushing the organization toward contending for a Super Bowl. They revamped the regime, bringing in Dave Ziegler as general manager and Josh McDaniels as head coach, both from the New England Patriots.
If you are going to poach front office and coaching personnel from an organization, the Patriots are a good one to choose from. Ziegler and McDaniels will be tasked with helping a team that snuck into the playoffs last year become a contender.
Blockbuster acquisitions were made on both sides of the ball, as Derek Carr will be reunited with his college teammate from Fresno State in Davante Adams. Las Vegas acquired him from the Green Bay Packers for two draft picks. Defensively, star EDGE defender Chandler Jones was signed to bookend Maxx Crosby.
The moves were necessary as the AFC West is going to be a bloodbath this season. Every team can build an argument as to why they should be the favorites to win the division and be considered Super Bowl contenders.
For the Raiders to cement their case, they should continue bolstering their secondary. Over at ESPN, they believe that cornerback Kevin King would be a great fit for them. It’s just another name being floated in NFL rumors connected to the Raiders.
“The Raiders will be much more multiple from a coverage perspective this year under new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. A mix of single-high and split-safety shells would allow King to pedal and play off the ball — or roll up and challenge from press. The Raiders did trade for corner Rock Ya-Sin this offseason, but with a new staff in place and a loaded group of opposing quarterbacks to defend in the AFC West, you can never have enough guys who can cover. King is only 27 years old.”
Also mentioned by Matt Bowen is that King has the traits to be an excellent cover guy even if it didn’t consistently show with the Green Bay Packers. Playing opposite of Jaire Alexander, you will get tested a lot as quarterbacks to not want to throw at him.
When you are scheduled to see Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson six times per season, you need to add as much talent to your secondary as possible. Even when you believe you have enough, as the Raiders may since they acquired Rock Ya-Sin, you should add a little more.
Bowen is correct when he said you can never have enough guys that can cover, especially when going up against the aerial offenses that Las Vegas will be tasked with slowing down. Expect to see the Raiders continue to be mentioned in quite a few NFL rumors.