The Las Vegas Raiders are heading into the new season full of questions. Their star player, Josh Jacobs, is missing due to contract disagreements, and they’re being very careful with their often-injured leader, Jimmy Garoppolo.
Competing in a tough group with champions like the Kansas City Chiefs makes things harder. With only six wins last season, the pressure is on the team’s coach, Josh McDaniels.
While McDaniels is known for his strategic thinking in the game, he’s had more success planning moves than leading teams. Without their regular leader Derek Carr and the ongoing absence of Jacobs, the team’s performance might be affected.
The situation with Jacobs needs a solution soon, especially with the season’s start just around the corner. Teams are finalizing their player lists, and this is the last chance for the Raiders to make any changes before their game against the Denver Broncos in September.
Without Jacobs, the Raiders are relying mostly on the young player, Zamir White. If Jacobs doesn’t come back soon, White will likely be the main player in the first week. White had limited game time last year. Other experienced players on the team didn’t have much action last season either.
Everyone is hoping Jacobs will be back soon, but even if he returns, he might need time to get back into his usual form. For the Raiders to have a good season, they need a consistent player who can both run and catch the ball.
That’s where Michael Carter could come in. He’s been with the New York Jets, sharing the main role and has shown he’s good, especially at catching. However, with the Jets bringing in new talent, Carter’s chances might be reduced. The Jets haven’t hinted at letting Carter go, but their recent choices make one wonder.
The Raiders could benefit from someone like Carter. He’s a motivated player, keen to show his worth, and has a couple of years left in his initial contract. He might not be a big star, but he could be the reliable player the Raiders need, especially if Jacobs is not around.