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3 Raiders Players Who Have a Make-or-Break 2020 Season Ahead

David Kaestle
Derek Carr's future with the Raiders is in question going into 2020.
Derek Carr's future with the Raiders is in question going into 2020. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
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The Las Vegas Raiders are continuing their massive rebuild heading into 2020 after Jon Gruden took the reigns two years ago. With a completely revamped defense, much of which has been built through this free agency, the Raiders are poised for a significant improvement on their 7-9 record form 2019.

However, that's not to say there aren't players on the team that still might be on the way out by the end of the upcoming season. Let's examine three players that have a make-or-break year coming up in 2020, which could result in them changing roles or leaving Las Vegas altogether.

1. Derek Carr, Quarterback

Derek Carr throws a pass against the Denver Broncos.
Derek Carr throws a pass against the Denver Broncos. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Derek Carr remains the Raiders' starting quarterback for now, but the team hasn't exactly had much confidence in that recently. With rumors swirling of a potential trade all offseason, coupled with the signing of Marcus Mariota and the potential of the Raiders even selecting a QB in the NFL Draft, Carr clearly still has something to prove in Las Vegas. If he can't show he is the franchise quarterback the Raiders are seeking in their first season in Las Vegas, he could be on the move.

2. Darren Waller, Tight End

Darren Waller was a surprising breakout star in 2019.
Darren Waller was a surprising breakout star in 2019. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Darren Waller burst on to the scene in 2019 out of nowhere, following three pedestrian years in the league prior to that. The athletic tight end hauled in 90 catches for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns – all career-high marks. In fact, he was far and away the Raiders' top target, wide receivers included. While that breakout season was nice, the young tight end will have to prove he was more than a one-hit wonder in 2020. With Tyrell Williams, Nelson Agholor and the possibility of a formidable rookie wide receiver joining the team in 2020, Waller's target share seems like it will inevitably dip a little bit. Despite that, if he fails to put up numbers close to his 2019 campaign, Waller might be viewed as nothing more than a flash in the pan.

3. Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver

Nelson Agholor will need to sure up his hands in 2020.
Nelson Agholor will need to sure up his hands in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Speaking of Nelson Agholor, he too is at a career crossroads. The former Eagles' wide receiver has struggled immensely with drops throughout his career. He's had below a 57 percent catch rate three of his five NFL seasons. If a change of scenery doesn't help the once highly-touted draft pick out of USC, unfortunately, we may be looking at bust status for the 26-year-old receiver.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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