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Darren Waller believes Raiders could have a 'top-five offense'

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Darren Waller went from a tight end who caught just 18 passes in three seasons and struggled to stay on the field due to suspensions to one of the most unexpected weapons in the NFL in 2019.

He believes his Las Vegas Raiders can make a similar leap from obscurity to earned notoriety in 2020.

"If you look at things across the board, starting with the offensive line and the quarterback, with improvement at the receiver positions and the tight ends trying to be consistent, I think our offense has a chance to do a lot of great things and put up a lot of great numbers," Waller said Tuesday in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, per NBC Sports Bay Area. "The big thing for us is finishing in the red zone this year. I know that we're doing everything in our power to improve upon that. I don't feel like having a top-five offense is out of the picture."

The Raiders weren't exactly horrible on offense last season. Las Vegas ranked 11th in yards per game (363.7) with a well-balanced attack that saw it break 115 yards per game on the ground. But the Raiders also tied for 23rd in the league in scoring and finished 22nd in red-zone percentage, meaning they could move the ball, but they just couldn't finish off drives.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock lamented this issue during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, and he pointed to his team's lack of weapons in the receiving corps. He then went out and drafted Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs with the 12th-overall pick, added versatile running back Lynn Bowden Jr. and finished his accumulation of weapons by snagging South Carolina playmaker Bryan Edwards in the third round.

Add that offensive talent to a group that includes two effective tight ends in Waller -- my choice at the position for the Next Gen Stats All-Pro Team -- and Foster Moreau, and a running back room led by Offensive Rookie of the Year snub Josh Jacobs, and you've got yourself some toys with which Derek Carr can play.

"We have that much talent," Waller said. "We have guys who are buying in. We have a balanced system. I have high expectations, and I think everyone on the offense would say the same thing."

Waller won't find himself as the lone big-play threat in the passing game this year if all things go according to plan. Even if they don't, the Raiders now have a little room for error. That should help them produce some fireworks in their new home this fall.

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4 minutes ago, Barry McCockinner said:

Wouldn't be totally shocked if Gruden pulled it off. I thought the Ruggs pick was ridiculous though.

His offense is prehistoric by todays standards. And even if he spruces it up, you can only get so much out of derek carr

Who the hell drafts Ruggs over Jeudy/Lamb?

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It’s hard to take a Raiders hype article seriously without someone constantly calling attention to the players’ heights, weights, and 40 times.  

I think we’ve just gotten accustomed to a higher standard of Raiders hype.

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2 hours ago, Barry McCockinner said:

Wouldn't be totally shocked if Gruden pulled it off. I thought the Ruggs pick was ridiculous though.

Carr is a checkdown guy why would they draft Ruggs

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2 hours ago, predator_05 said:

His offense is prehistoric by todays standards. And even if he spruces it up, you can only get so much out of derek carr

Who the hell drafts Ruggs over Jeudy/Lamb?

Gruden won a chapmionship with Brad Johnson at QB. You could do a lot worse than Carr at QB.

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1 hour ago, Barry McCockinner said:

Gruden won a chapmionship with Brad Johnson at QB. You could do a lot worse than Carr at QB.

They certainly are struggling to find a better QB at the moment, at the least. 

So many people thought Gruden was going to either trade or demote Carr immediately upon his arrival.  Yet here we are in Year 3 of the Gruden regime and Carr is going to be the Week 1 starter once again.

FO had Carr ranked the # 22 QB in 2018 and the # 8 QB last year.  You certainly can win with him.  Though of course they'll only be able to hope to get Wild Card berths for the forseeable future because of Mahomes (even after he gets paid).  That's got to be a sad thought for fans of the Raiders, Chargers and Broncos.  

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4 hours ago, predator_05 said:

His offense is prehistoric by todays standards. And even if he spruces it up, you can only get so much out of derek carr

Who the hell drafts Ruggs over Jeudy/Lamb?

I would’ve. 

That was an unconventional move, and I applaud them for it. Ruggs was the fastest, most athletic of the three, and he has those huge hands, too, man. It’s a swing for the fences type thing -not unlike Becton over Wirfs- and I really appreciate that kinda move. Ruggs could be a superstar. 

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4 hours ago, predator_05 said:

His offense is prehistoric by todays standards. And even if he spruces it up, you can only get so much out of derek carr

Who the hell drafts Ruggs over Jeudy/Lamb?

certainly its bold...

we'll see EVENTUALLY

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Just now, slats said:

I would’ve. 

That was an unconventional move, and I applaud them for it. Ruggs was the fastest, most athletic of the three, and he has those huge hands, too, man. It’s a swing for the fences type thing -not unlike Becton over Wirfs- and I really appreciate that kinda move. Ruggs could be a superstar. 

posted almost the same thing at the same time....  hope all's well, dude

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4 hours ago, predator_05 said:

His offense is prehistoric by todays standards. And even if he spruces it up, you can only get so much out of derek carr

Who the hell drafts Ruggs over Jeudy/Lamb?

Taking a trip down memory lane in the NFL Draft of “sure thing” WR’s.  Peter Warrick (#4 overall to the Bengals!), Mike Williams, and Charles Rodgers. Just to name three. All were hyped like Jeudy and Lamb. All were colossal failures. 
 

My point is, we don’t know yet regarding Ruggs v Jeudy/Lamb. 

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26 minutes ago, Losmeister said:

posted almost the same thing at the same time....  hope all's well, dude

If they weren’t jack-hammering a swimming pool out of limestone next door, it’d be damn near perfect! :D 

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1 hour ago, Prez33 said:

Taking a trip down memory lane in the NFL Draft of “sure thing” WR’s.  Peter Warrick (#4 overall to the Bengals!), Mike Williams, and Charles Rodgers. Just to name three. All were hyped like Jeudy and Lamb. All were colossal failures. 
 

My point is, we don’t know yet regarding Ruggs v Jeudy/Lamb. 

Raiders took Ruggs for two reasons over Jeudy .   One his pure speed - Raiders see what Tyrek Hill did for the Chiefs offense( makes everyone of there weapons better) , and two Ruggs has no question about his character. ( Jeudy was hanging around Antonio Brown all predraft- big red flags right there.    Lamb the Raiders have Wr similar to what he offers, and he didn’t play against the quality of cbs both Ruggs, and Jeudy faced.

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6 hours ago, Barry McCockinner said:

Wouldn't be totally shocked if Gruden pulled it off. I thought the Ruggs pick was ridiculous though.

Only one person can stop this Raider offense from being right up with the top offenses in the NFl .  It’s J Gruden and his ultraconservative.   All the weapons he has at his finger tips now , and there is no excuses .     He needs to show he can be Andy Reid , and come up with a way to fully utilize all there weapons.

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10 minutes ago, Raideraholic said:

Only one person can stop this Raider offense from being right up with the top offenses in the NFl .  It’s J Gruden and his ultraconservative.   All the weapons he has at his finger tips now , and there is no excuses .     He needs to show he can be Andy Reid , and come up with a way to fully utilize all there weapons.

We'll then.  Spider 2 Y Banana there.  Good buddy!

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59 minutes ago, Raideraholic said:

Only one person can stop this Raider offense from being right up with the top offenses in the NFl .  It’s J Gruden and his ultraconservative.   All the weapons he has at his finger tips now , and there is no excuses .     He needs to show he can be Andy Reid , and come up with a way to fully utilize all there weapons.

You think Mariota has any chance of bumping Carr? 

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1 hour ago, Raideraholic said:

Only one person can stop this Raider offense from being right up with the top offenses in the NFl .  It’s J Gruden and his ultraconservative.   All the weapons he has at his finger tips now , and there is no excuses .     He needs to show he can be Andy Reid , and come up with a way to fully utilize all there weapons.

I have no problem with the Raiders taking Ruggs there. His stock was rising on quite a few draft boards according to reports. The Jets apparently liked him a lot, too. Someone else said it, but Ruggs was a lot like Becton. Maybe not quite as safe of picks like Jerry Jeudy and Andrew Thomas, but they had higher ceilings. If Ruggs is the next Tyreek Hill (minus the character), and Becton is the next Jonathan Ogden, it’ll be major scores for both teams. 

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4 hours ago, Barry McCockinner said:

Gruden won a chapmionship with Brad Johnson at QB. You could do a lot worse than Carr at QB.

With a defensive team that he inherited

How many Qbs has he developed over the years?  Used to laugh at his QB academy as if he was a a guru 

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25 minutes ago, slats said:

You think Mariota has any chance of bumping Carr? 

No chance .  Where Mariota could bump Carr is near the goal line.  Could see Mariota at Qb Bowden at Rb , Waller at Te,    H Ruggs in the slot-  Jett Sweep( defense have to respect his speed q ( Tyrell Williams and B Edwards outside ( Jump balls.) 

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39 minutes ago, Jet Nut said:

With a defensive team that he inherited

How many Qbs has he developed over the years?  Used to laugh at his QB academy as if he was a a guru 

What you say is pretty accurate, but Gruden doesn’t need to develop any young QBs .  He has his Qb’s, and just needs to grow some balls , and open up the offense.    Everything can’t be horizontal .  Carr throws one of the better deep passes .( just isn’t Gruden offense). 

 

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4 hours ago, Raideraholic said:

Raiders took Ruggs for two reasons over Jeudy .   One his pure speed - Raiders see what Tyrek Hill did for the Chiefs offense( makes everyone of there weapons better) , and two Ruggs has no question about his character. ( Jeudy was hanging around Antonio Brown all predraft- big red flags right there.    Lamb the Raiders have Wr similar to what he offers, and he didn’t play against the quality of cbs both Ruggs, and Jeudy faced.

Or because they have no clue how to pick players.  

And bit isn't Hill who makes that KC offense, its Mahomes 

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1 hour ago, Raideraholic said:

What you say is pretty accurate, but Gruden doesn’t need to develop any young QBs .  He has his Qb’s, and just needs to grow some balls , and open up the offense.    Everything can’t be horizontal .  Carr throws one of the better deep passes .( just isn’t Gruden offense). 

 

If Carr can bounce back and play like he did before the leg injury the Raiders could be fun to watch. Not sure drafting Ruggs turns you guys into Kansas City but there is enough talent on that offense to be pretty good.

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9 hours ago, slats said:

I would’ve. 

That was an unconventional move, and I applaud them for it. Ruggs was the fastest, most athletic of the three, and he has those huge hands, too, man. It’s a swing for the fences type thing -not unlike Becton over Wirfs- and I really appreciate that kinda move. Ruggs could be a superstar. 

Fair enough. Ruggs is also a very good route runner. Hopefully they have a plan for him. Lamb/Jeudy are plug-and-play in any offensive scheme.

I actually liked their next 2 picks: Bryan edwards and lynn bowden. Those 2 will be very useful at the NFL level (health permitting).

 

9 hours ago, Prez33 said:

Taking a trip down memory lane in the NFL Draft of “sure thing” WR’s.  Peter Warrick (#4 overall to the Bengals!), Mike Williams, and Charles Rodgers. Just to name three. All were hyped like Jeudy and Lamb. All were colossal failures. 
 

My point is, we don’t know yet regarding Ruggs v Jeudy/Lamb. 

My mind went back to other 'speedy' WRs drafted early first round ahead of the more 'sure things' - like Ted Ginn, heyward-bey, philip dorsett, john ross...

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