The Raiders had a fascinating offseason as they added a lot of talent to the roster.
Antonio Brown, Trent Brown, Lamarcus Joyner, Tyrell Williams, Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs, Johnathan Abram and several other draft picks joined the Silver Black over the last few months.
It's for that reason that NBC Sports columnist Peter King has the Raiders at No. 19 in his initial 2019 NFL power rankings.
King explains here:
"Such an interesting team, from the front office and the addition of Mike Mayock, to the offensive attack and the addition of Antonio Brown, to the run game and the addition of Josh Jacobs, to the secondary and the addition of tone-setter Johnathan Abram. I wonder if the schedule will make it very tough to be good—and not just the quality of opposition, but the way the slate is set up, with the Raiders going 48 days between games in Oakland in Week 2 and Week 9. And the Raiders finish with two straight on the road. Hard to imagine the Grudens being great this year, but they can, at least, set the stage for a bright future by hanging around .500."
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The Raiders finished tied with the Jets and 49ers for the second-worst record in the NFL in 2018, so coming in at No. 19 is an improvement for Oakland.
Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have higher expectations than being the 19th-best team in the league, but they might have to settle for it considering the schedule they have to navigate.