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LA Chargers 2020 opponent preview: Las Vegas Raiders

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sidelines in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Chargersat Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sidelines in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Chargersat Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Las Vegas Raiders’ key additions and subtractions:

Additions:

The Las Vegas Raiders made really smart additions to the linebacker group. The team signed standout Pro Bowl linebacker Cory Littleton from the Los Angeles Rams as well as solid inside linebacker from the Chicago Bears, Nick Kwiatkoski.

The Raiders made some other decent defensive additions that won’t revolutionize the team but do provide solid depth. Carl Nassib, Jeff Heath, Maliek Collins, Damarius Randall and Prince Amukamara are all decent defensive additions.

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The team also brought in Marcus Mariota as a security option if Derek Carr struggles or gets injured and veteran tight end Jason Witten to be a red zone and short-yardage target.

Subtractions:

The Raiders lost some players to free agency this offseason, but quite frankly, anyone they lost to free agency they replaced with someone similar. For the most part, the Raiders moved laterally with all of the players that left the team.

The team lost defensive end Benson Mayowa, cornerback Daryl Worley, linebacker Tahir Whitehead and safety Karl Joseph. Nassib replaces Mayowa, Amukamara replaces Worley, Littleton replaces Whitehead and Randall replaces Joseph.

Whether or not the team gets worse or better talent-wise in 2020 is going to depend on the draft picks. Otherwise, the team moved laterally in terms of talent.

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