Originally written on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 11/18/14
In the last few days the Raiders signed a pair of cornerbacks – former first round pick Mike Jenkins formally of the Cowboys and last year’s nickel corner in Silver and Black Joselio Hanson.  The two corners join previous free agent addition Tracy Porter, who signed with Oakland last week. The Raiders have also added a couple of safeties in former Bengals FS Usama Young and former 49ers SS Reggie Smith. The team added further competition at QB in former Seahawk and Browns sometime starting QB Seneca Wallace. While it’s unlikely that Wallace wins the starting position, he can provide a veteran option. The Raiders have also signed a backup RB with some upside in former Jaguars backup Rashad Jennings.  Jennings has 9 career starts with some success.  He’s a decent receiving RB. Finally, the Raiders further addressed one of their weakest positions, defensive end, by resigning Andre Carter.  Carter came in last year mid-season and wasn’t the force the team was hoping for after suffering an injury in late 2011. Carter, who will be 34 by the time the season starts, says that he’s completely healed from his injury, now, and hopes to be much improved in 2013. The most important part of these signings is that essentially ever position the Raiders lacked a viable starter has been addressed. None of these guys are all Pros but all have upside, have short “prove it” contracts and are coming into a situation where they have the ability to start. Best player available. That is Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie’s philosophy when it comes to the draft. Of course, many teams profess this philosophy but when it comes down to making the selection most teams have to balance taking the best player available with what their team really needs. With the 2013 draft, Reggie McKenzie should be able to actually choose the best player available. That’s because the Raiders have no position that is really set coming into the draft and can therefore upgrade every single position. Conversely, the Raiders have no huge position that absolutely must be addressed early in the draft. The team has needs they need to fill – a starting TE comes to mind – and as I said, every position could still use upgrading. But, Reggie McKenzie has shown that he’s willing to be patient when trying to turn around Oakland’s fortunes and this draft will lay the groundwork for the team’s future – McKenzie will need to focus on picking the best players available in the 2013 draft so that the team can start with a solid player base in 2014.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano in 14 seconds

Dick Vitale will not call Duke-UNC rematch either

PHOTO: Auburn coaches, players wear ribbons for Mason

Dustin Penner apologizes after sending rape joke on Twitter


Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant

Report: Panthers officially parting ways with Greg Hardy

Could the Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG: Inglewood stadium would be a terrorism target

Former Knick Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Report: Blackhawks, Caps discussed Patrick Sharp trade

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

Chris Sale out three weeks with foot injury

NHL analyst calls out media over Blackhawks report

Alabama recruits aim to bring the dynasty back

WATCH: Jon Jones, Rumble Johnson prank Dana White

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Ray Rice addresses domestic violence case, his future & more

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell throws down monster alley-oop

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

WATCH: Russell Westbrook literally gets dent in his face

WATCH: Knicks' Alexey Shved tosses wild pass into stands

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Rousey beats Zingano in 14 seconds

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG plays dirty with Inglewood stadium

Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Westbrook got dent in his cheek

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.