After a spring that saw the Oakland Raiders sign free agents to fill holes, many questions remain. Signing large numbers of free agents, regardless o contract can adversely affect your franchise. Finding good fits for chemistry separate good teams from sad cases of frustration, look at the Knicks. FPC Raiders writers Pete Camarillo and Ray Aspuria break down the one off-season signing that will struggle with the Raiders.
Lamarcus Joyner already showed cracks in his game as he didn’t always live up to his franchise tag in his last season with the Rams. Joyner finished the year with one interception despite having three the season before.
The Raiders made him a huge offer even though their roster teems with undersized safeties and nickel corners. You don’t need to get into the redundancy of Karl Joseph or Johnathan Abram.
They also brought in Nevin Lawson, who made a living in the slot in Detroit. Curtis Riley broke onto the scene with four picks as a safety for the Giants last year. Daryl Worley and Nick Nelson should also come into play as incumbents with another year in the scheme.
The point is, the Raiders signed Joyner to a huge contract without really having a plan for him. He is a versatile defensive back who can play multiple spots but he’s going to run into stiff competition across the board. Oakland’s secondary contains a combination of youth and experience that might tap into Joyner’s role.
I immediately thought of wide receiver JJ Nelson, a pure burner with suspect hands and concentration . However, knowing how grueling it is to be a quarterback on a Jon Gruden-led team, I’m going with Mike Glennon.
Granted, in a perfect world, Glennon doesn’t see any time on the field (as does Nathan Peterman). Yet, we’ve seen starter Derek Carr go down and have grimaced at his backups’ performances.
Glennon features the height and adequate arm to make a go of things. Conversely, the intricacies of Gruden’s schemes stumps even the best of gunslingers. Glennon is the most experienced backup on the roster. Yet, if we see either him or Peterman under center and it’s not garbage time, something went terribly awry.