In their first season in Las Vegas, the Raiders took another step forward under the leadership of John Gruden and Mike Mayok, but failed to reach the season for the fourth consecutive year, stumbling, losing five of their last seven games and finishing 8 -8. .
As the product improved on the field, Mayok said he would like to see more of his rookie class.
“I was disappointed with the performance of our rookies, I will be the first person to admit this,” the Raiders general manager said on the team̵
“(Damon) Arnett was the other champion. He played really well in training camp before the injury. We were really excited about Damon Arnett. He’s instinctive, tough and fast, but shocked, broken arm, KOVID – he’s got to take care of business out of season. Nutrition, strength training, consistency of the daily program. “
The Raiders had seven drafts in 2020: wide-seeded Henry Rugs III, cornerback Damon Arnett, running Lynn Bowden, WR Brian Edwards, linebacker Tanner Muse, guard John Simpson and CB Amick Robertson.
Vegas saved Bowden quickly by trading him with Miami before the start of the season. Muse suffered a leg injury and did not play a moment. Simpson played as well as you would expect an offensive midfielder for a rookie on the spot. Robertson appeared in eight games, winning four games and having no protected passes. Edwards played in 12 games with three starts, catching just 11 assists for 193 yards and one touchdown. Arnett appeared in only nine games (seven starts), winning 25 games and two assists. And Rugs won 26 catches for 452 yards and two results in 12 games.
Obviously, injuries played a role, but none of the 2020 class had a big impact on the season. The seizure at the end of the season, when rookies either become difference makers or hit a wall, can be a direct result of younger players not coming to the fore deep in the season.
Mayock knows that 2021 must be reached for Vegas to take the next step. Achieving improvements in year 2 by recruits in 2020 would also be a great benefit.
GM is specifically looking to improve defense this season, in its first year with new coordinator Gus Bradley.
“Well, you have to start in defense,” Make said in a separate interview with The Athletic. “And, to be honest with you, these are all three levels. We need to hurry better with the quarterback; we need to play better in the backback position and our young defenders need to be more cohesive and play better. You can justify what I don’t want to do We have a really young defensive background It was a year of COVID I think we had a bunch of injuries John Abram didn’t train much all year Our first -Rround pick, Arnette, had a few concussions and COVID. We just never understood it from behind. Some of these guys were highly prepared and need to play better. “
Mayock’s message is clear: The Raiders need more of their young players in 2021, or they will be excluded from the postseason again.