Overview

 

  1. Head Coach: Jack Del Rio
  2. Defensive Coordinator: Ken Norton Jr
  3. Defensive Back Coach: Marcus Robertson
  4. Base Defense Scheme: 4-3
  5. Transactions: Signed Nate Allen
  6. Draft Picks: CB Dexter McDonald

Projected Starters

 

CornerBack # 1: Travis Carrie
CornerBack # 2: D.J. Hayden
Strong Safety :  Charles Woodson
Free Safety : Nate Allen

 

Backups/ Potential Starters: Neiko Thorpe, Keith Mcgill,Keenan Lambert, Dexter McDonald

The Numbers

 

Total Fantasy Points Allowed to WR: 413.76

Average Fantasy Points Per game against to WR: 25.86

Total Receiving Touchdowns Allowed: 20

Total Receiving Yards Allowed:2,736

Average Receiving yards per game against: 171

 

Strengths

 

The Raiders secondary struggled immensely in 2014. They surrendered 29 passing touchdowns which was tied for sixth most in the NFL, 247.9 receiving yards per game, and 17.7 fantasy points per game to opposing WR’s. This was a secondary that was ranked 27th by ProFootballFocus. The only major bright spot in this secondary is Charles Woodson. He’s been a very good safety for many years but he is already injured with a dislocated shoulder and no timetable to return at this time. The hope for this unit is that the Khalil Mack superstar talk comes into fruition. If he can wreck havoc on the opposing teams O-line and Quarterback then this unit can mask some of the deficiencies that they currently exhibit.

 

Weaknesses

 

The Raiders signed Nate Allen out of Philadelphia and he will start at free safety. He got burned often by both receivers and tight ends in 2014 and could be a liability to in this defense as well. The Raiders also have two second year corners, Travis Carrie and D.J. Hayden starting. This doesn’t appear to be a unit that made any improvements this offseason and should be a defense that you want to get wide receivers in against. They should continue to struggle and be one of the worst in the league once again.

 

Overall Outlook

 

Things change quickly in the NFL but targeting the Raiders secondary looks to be a strong trend that will continue in 2015. Especially with how banged up they are after week 1 it is definitely worth taking a closer look at the Flacco and his Ravens receivers for week 2.