The Oakland Raiders are currently in an unprecedented early season rut as they have dropped their last three games. Their most recent loss came against the Baltimore Ravens, a team that had been struggling to move the chains before visiting the Raiders at the Coliseum.
The offense under backup quarterback EJ Manuel performed as well as expected, but it was discouraging to see Oakland’s defense once again give up points to a toothless Baltimore offense. While reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack is able to disrupt offensive lines, the Raiders’ secondary is still prone to giving up big plays and making life harder on the offense to make up deficits.
In order to address their cornerback depth, the Raiders announced they have signed free agent Demetrius McCray:
We have signed CB Demetrius McCray.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 10, 2017
McCray most recently played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and will now be counted on to shore up what is quickly becoming a depleted secondary. Gareon Conley and David Amerson have both struggled to stay on the field during the 2017 NFL season, so this is a wise move for an Oakland franchise desperate for someone to come in and make plays on the defensive side of the ball.
The Raiders will need to get back on track quickly before completely falling out of the playoff race. Their Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers may be the game that either makes or breaks this team.