How Have Oakland Raiders Addressed Biggest Weaknesses from 2014?

The Oakland Raiders' new regime has created an air of optimism after addressing the weaknesses of a roster that turned in a third consecutive sub-.500 record in 2014.

There are conflicting opinions on whether the Raiders are ready to turn the corner in the upcoming season.

Peter King of MMQB released his early power rankings. He slotted Oakland in the 31st spot with a disturbing suspicion about quarterback Derek Carr:

"It’s not that I don’t trust Derek Carr. It’s that I don’t trust Derek Carr’s health after what I’ve read about the problems with a finger on his throwing hand. That plus the fact that the Raiders have a boatload of existing holes that Jack Del Rio has to address this summer." 

It should be noted that King’s skepticism on Carr’s finger comes after Tim Younger, Carr’s agent, dispelled rumors about a possible surgery, per San Francisco Chronicle reporter Lev Facher.

Subsequently, there was an active Carr sighting during organized team activities this week, per Oakland Tribune writer Jerry McDonald, who tweeted:

Just saw Derek Carr roll right and throw a short pass. And all is right with the world.

— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) June 2, 2015  Neglected to mention the pass was nearly end over end and now Carr is watching ...

— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) June 2, 2015 Take what you want from these reports, but all eyes will be on Carr during training camp in July. One small wince or shake of the hand could be a cause of concern for the leader of this offense.

On the other hand, there are glimmering reports about the Raiders finally becoming a formidable and exciting team to watch in 2015, per NFL Network’s Charley Casserly.

The hype surrounding the Raiders' draft picks gives the offense much hope.

Has general manager Reggie McKenzie done enou...

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