It’s no secret the Raiders had an abysmal 2017 after making the playoffs in 2016. There were plenty of Raiders whose performances dropped off or were simply nonexistent due to various circumstances. There are other players who simply need to live up to the expectations the current coaching staff has for them if the Raiders look to return to the playoffs this season. Here are just a few.
Donald Penn
Penn is coming off an injury and hasn’t been involved in offseason team activities, but if there’s any player who needs to return to dominant form, it’s him. Left tackle is an important position to any team, but especially to the Raiders whose quarterback, Derek Carr, tends to get flustered under pressure.
Penn has a pair of rookie tackles nipping at his heels and he knows his days in Silver and Black are numbered.


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