The Las Vegas Raiders offense showed glimpses of something special for the 2019 NFL season and Darren Waller believes they could take an even bigger step.
According to Scott Blair of NBC Sports, Waller revealed what he envisions for the Raiders offense heading into his third season with Derek Carr and company.
“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 about the Raiders. “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.”
Waller is correct about their red-zone offense as they were bottom-10 in scoring percentage within the 20-yard line and were bottom-three in their last three games.
At times, Carr and the Raiders offense went stagnant and they were not able to create much movement when the field was shortened and in scoring position.
However, the Raiders do possess immense talent at each skill position now.
Last season, Josh Jacobs was undoubtedly one of the league’s best running backs, Carr put together a good season and Waller emerged as a top-three tight end.
With another NFL training offseason under Jacobs and Waller’s belts, they might be able to take the leap into the truly elite tier of their position this season.
During the 2020 NFL offseason, the Raiders also took steps in the right direction to improve their offense with the most notable addition being Henry Ruggs III.
As the No. 12 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and the first wide receiver off the board, the Raiders selected one of the best deep threats available in Ruggs for Carr.
The 5’11” rookie ran a 4.27 at the 2020 NFL combine and posted 746 yards and seven touchdowns in his third and last season at the University of Alabama.
Providing Carr with a receiver who can air out the defense will give him a weapon unlike any he has ever had and hopefully elevate the offense into the top-five.