The Raiders made several moves the offseason with a focus on the offensive side of the ball, drafting Henry Ruggs III to be their speed threat and signing veterans like Nelson Agholor and Jason Witten (it’s going to be weird to see Witten in a Raiders’ jersey) to provide depth. The additional pieces should help the team reach higher heights in 2020, though the offense is not a blank canvas.
The team moved the ball well but struggled to score points. The Raiders ranked 11th in the league in yards but only ranked 24th in the league in points with 313. Despite the red zone woes, the club ranked ninth in DVOA.
Darren Waller, who had a breakout 90-catch, 1,145-yard season last year, believes the offense is going to further improve.
“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 (via PFT).
“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. We have that much talent. 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 only scored three touchdowns in 2019 but it sounds like he and the Raiders expect that total to rise. Waller is going in the top-40 of early fantasy drafts, sandwiches between Calvin Ridley and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He’s going fifth among tight ends with Travis Kelse, George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Zach Ertz as the only men at the position being selected higher.