Raiders focused on developing roster, not scoreboard watching, in Week 17

AP

The Raiders need a lot of things to break their way in Week 17 in order for the team to land a Wild Card spot in the AFC, so head coach Jon Gruden said they won’t spend a lot of time thinking about those possibilities next Sunday.

Gruden said that the team “can’t control what’s going on” with the Titans, Steelers and Colts, so they might as well keep their eyes on themselves and let the chips fall where they may.

“We’re going to try to use this as an opportunity to . . . hopefully continue to develop our roster and our team and try and win games,” Gruden said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “If we get some help, that’d be great. That would be awesome.”

Running back Josh Jacobs, left guard Richie Incognito, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner are all dealing with injuries. Gruden said that all of them have a chance to play and that the outside shot of making the playoffs won’t be part of the decision.

“We’re going to play the best players that we have available and try to win the game,” Gruden said. “We don’t have enough bodies to rest players. We’re going to try to win the game in spite of the circumstances.”

Finishing with a win over the Broncos probably won’t mean a trip to the playoffs, but an 8-8 record would be a clear improvement over last year’s 4-12 mark with five picks in the first two days of the draft to use toward pushing things even further in their first season in Las Vegas.

20 responses to “Raiders focused on developing roster, not scoreboard watching, in Week 17

  1. Five picks in the first two rounds? I thought we got the Bears first but we gave them our second. So (1st, 1st, and then what?)

  2. The Raiders have already significantly overachieved this season. They’re playing with the house’s money now.

  3. If Mayock does half as well in the coming draft as he did last year this team will be a powderkeg for years to come.

    One nation, Raider Nation.

  4. holocene23 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    Five picks in the first two rounds? I thought we got the Bears first but we gave them our second. So (1st, 1st, and then what?

    I believe we have 3 3rd’s

  5. holocene23 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    Five picks in the first two rounds? I thought we got the Bears first but we gave them our second. So (1st, 1st, and then what?)

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    It’s 5 picks in the first two days. Two firsts and 3 thirds.

  6. Johnathan Abram is like an extra first round pick for next year also. Hopefully he can stay healthy.
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    Or…… he’s like a first round draft pick that got injured in the first game and will be coming back for his 2nd year next year.

  7. The only thing the Broncos will beat is an egg. If the Ravens don’t half-ass it, they can beat the Steelers. Then, we just need Houston to do their part. Go Raiders!

  8. If Mayock does half as well in the coming draft as he did last year this team will be a powderkeg for years to come.

    One nation, Raider Nation.
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    And right on cue comes the annual Raider Nation off-season crazy talk predicting great things for next year and beyond………sigh. Query, when was the last time the Raiders won their division, won a playoff game, or did anything of note? Exactly. The Oakland/LA/Vegas Raiders…….Paper Champions once again. Wow.

  9. Wait till next year when we win the division the trolls and haters gonna be even more sad we only gonna get better while Chicago and Dallas with no heart Cooper see their windows closing. RN4L….

  10. I’m sure Al is licking his chops,His son getting a deal he tried for yrs to get, The Jon and Mike show starting to rub the trolls the wrong way. Merry Christmas RAIDER NATION

  11. How can it be a nation when you can’t even sellout a game?

    …..

    It’s a very small nation, the Lichtenstein Rai_ers…lol

  12. Look at teams like the Bears, Cowboys, and the Rams. They thought they were close enough to mortgage their future for a win right now. They’ve traded away a lot of first round draft picks in hopes of putting the finishing touches on their “dynasties”. Jon Gruden was smarter than that. He was realistic and didn’t think a team with 1 winning season in the previous 15 years was just a player or two away, so he’s building a brand new foundation. One that will be strong for years to come. A real dynasty. And he’s also been able to unload a couple high price guys that didn’t show up every Sunday, thereby saving his team from salary cap hell. Now look. The teams that gave Gruden first round picks for those high priced guys are struggling, and those players aren’t doing anything to change the win/loss record (just like when they were in Oakland). Gruden could have come in and spent some money and put up a coupe 10-6 seasons, but that would have been about as far as he’d get. Kind of like what the Bears and Cowboys have done. But this TV guy was smarter than that. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone! Raider Nation is solidly behind Gruden. They remember that the last time the Raiders were playing championship ball was the last time Gruden was coaching the team under Al Davis. Everyone else sees this too, and that’s why all the fear and jealousy from non-Raiders people. They’re scared. Merry Christmas Raider Nation!!! And Merry Christmas to Bears and Cowboys. You’ve given the greatest gifts to the Raiders.

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