The Raiders added depth to an already sturdy tight end group by signing Luke Willson on Friday afternoon, adding fire to what should be a competitive position group throughout the offseason and training camp.
Willson isn’t guaranteed one of the three (or four, maximum) available spots on September’s 53-man roster, but he’ll challenge for one if he finds previous form following a down year. He was an effective low-volume target with the Seattle Seahawks, but didn’t pan out with the Detroit Lions in 2018.
Standing 6-foot-5, 251 pounds, Willson can be an effective blocker and will surely be in the mix on special teams.
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Willson joins a position group that already includes Lee Smith, Derek Carrier, Darren Waller and Paul Butler. Jared Cook signed with the New Orleans Saints earlier this week, and Waller will be given a crack at his receiving role. Don’t rule out the Raiders selecting a tight end early, or at some point in this year’s NFL draft.
With up to four roster spots available, the established Willson could pay dividends, or push Carrier to be more impactful on offense.
As a side note, Willson is from Windsor, Canada. The Raiders are in talks to play an exhibition game north of the border against the Green Bay Packers.
The good news is the Raiders are going up against the worst run defense in the league. The even better news is Oakland has Josh Jacobs.
The Bengals head to the Coliseum on Sunday to face a Raiders team that is favored to win. Cincinnati has the worst record in the league, so that shouldn't come as a surprise.
Quarterback Derek Carr hasn't thrown an interception in nearly a month and is looking like his old successful self.
This is guaranteed to be a fun game for the Raiders and their fans.
Here's how to watch the Raiders-Bengals Week 11 game live online and on TV:
Start time: 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS (KPIX)
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The Raiders head into their Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals with a leg up. The team will be going up against the worst run defense in the league.
The Bengals give up 173.0 yards per game and have yet to win a matchup this season. This win is pretty much in the cards for the Silver and Black. Plus, this is a huge opportunity for Josh Jacobs (and his fantasy owners) to capitalize on his running game.
On the other side, Bengals RB Joe Mixon is 14th in the NFL with 131 carries this seasons.
If you're a betting person, the Raiders are favored in the upcoming matchup according to Sportsline.
Caesars: OAK -750
Consensus: OAK -711
Westgate: OAK -700
Wynn: OAK -700
Here are how NFL writers around the country see the Raiders-Bengals game shaking out:
Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Raiders 31, Bengals 16
Ben Baby, ESPN: Raiders 30, Bengals 13
Michael David Smith, PFT: Raiders 21, Bengals 7
Michael Florio, PFT: Raiders 41, Bengals 20