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NFL Preseason Preview Capsules: AFC

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AFC West: Oakland Raiders

OPEN CAMP: July 25, Napa, California.

LAST YEAR: Raiders posted second straight four-win season under coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie as team lacked playmakers and depth. Defense allowed second-most points per game (28.3) in franchise history. Offense was plagued by porous line and inconsistent play at quarterback from Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Matt Flynn. Added up to 11th straight season without winning record or playoff berth.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: QBs Matt Schaub and Derek Carr; LB Khalil Mack; DEs Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley; DT Antonio Smith; WR James Jones; RB Maurice Jones-Drew; CBs Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers; OLs Donald Penn and Austin Howard.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: OT Jared Veldheer; DE Lamarr Houston; QB Terrelle Pryor; RB Rashad Jennings; CBs Tracy Porter and CB Mike Jenkins; DT Vance Walker.

CAMP NEEDS: Raiders are hoping Schaub can solidify quarterback after being run out of Houston following rough 2013. If he struggles at all, second-round pick Carr could push for playing time. Offensive line needs to mesh with only C Stefen Wisniewski expected to return to spot he played last season. Defense must integrate at least six new starters led by No. 5 overall pick Mack.

EXPECTATIONS: With McKenzie finally having money to spend, he made significant upgrades to weak roster. While many newcomers such as Tuck, Woodley and Jones come with Super Bowl pedigrees, most of them are also at least 29 years old, likely on downside of careers. Oakland also has difficult schedule - five games against last season's conference title participants, four more against playoff teams. But owner Mark Davis is getting impatient. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)



The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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