Oakland Raiders Training Camp: Still Room for Improvement

August 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

These aren't the same old Oakland Raiders.
Although it's true the Raiders have made some drastic improvements over the offseason, there are still some areas that could cause this team to struggle in the regular season.
Not as many as there were in recent years, but more than most fans should be comfortable with.
The first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys highlighted both the improvements and the weaknesses of the 2010 Raiders. The defensive line looks a lot better, the run defense appears to be solid, but I noticed some other things I'd like to bring to your attention.
My first concern is with the offensive line—especially the center and right guard positions.
Samson Satele and Chris Morris did not have good days at center. Satele looked completely out-matched by Cowboys' nose tackle Jay Ratliff. Granted, Ratliff makes a lot of centers look out-matched, but Satele was totally overwhelmed.
Ratliff got off the ball before Satele could even get...

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