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Author: Jon Kuzma
The NFL off-season is moving along and the Oakland Raiders are one team to keep an eye on. The silver and black are the favorite to land Antonio Brown and that will give Jon Gruden’s offense an exceptional receiver out wide. Brown would fit in perfectly with the system they run in Oakland and Gruden is a good enough coach to reel in the outlandish pass catcher. The Raiders aren’t content with just landing A.B either they also plan on signing Le’Veon Bell in free agency. Adding both of those former Steelers would provide a huge spark to a franchise that struggled quite a bit in 2018.
When you have an opportunity to bolster both phases of the offense (run and pass) it ends up putting defenders on their heels. All of a sudden this franchise has so many different ways to attack you and we all know Brown and Bell are the real deal. What is making this whole thing even more fascinating is Gruden then wants to draft Kyler Murray to be the ring leader of this whole show. From a philosophy perspective it makes sense because the overall athleticism of the roster would increase tenfold. Murray can extend plays with his feet and make some pretty nice throws on the run. Then you have Le’Veon Bell catching balls out of the backfield and stretching the gridiron horizontally. While Brown will do damage by getting behind the secondary and creating those big plays down the field. By adding those three elite talents alone it would get Oakland just over the .500 mark. From there it’s about using the other cap space and draft picks to turn this franchise into a contender. With how well Gruden has this team sitting right now it’s very possible that happens. All it took was one down year but now the Raiders are on the rise.
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The Raiders are hoping they can land Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Kyler Murray this off-season.