If it were any other team sitting at 5-4 with a clear path to the playoffs halfway through the season, they’d likely be feeling pretty good about their chances. However, the Las Vegas Raiders are different. The team started off each of the last two seasons with clear paths to the playoffs and squandered them down the stretch. It’s hard not to feel like that’s the trajectory the team is on right now. After a 5-2 start, the Raiders have had two ugly losses in a row against the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.
The trade deadline has passed and most of the best options in free agency have already been signed, but there could still be options for the team. There are a few free agents who could actually help the Raiders finish up the season.
The Raiders need wide receiver help. Hunter Renfrow seems like the only wide receiver who is capable of catching more than five passes in a game. Bryan Edwards is good for the occasional big play but he hasn’t been nearly consistent enough this season. The newly acquired DeSean Jackson is 34-years-old and lost a fumble on his first catch with the team.