Amidst the uncertainty of the 2020 NFL season happening due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, life for the NFL and its franchises continues. For the time being, the Las Vegas Raiders are still scheduled to make their debut in Allegiant Stadium and have been steadily assembling a roster that looks like it will warrant attention come the fall.
The Raiders were one of the most proactive teams in free agency, agreeing to terms with several players like Cory Littleton, Carl Nassib and Damarious Randall. The defensive unit for Las Vegas was dreadful during the 2019 NFL season, and it was clear that general manager Mike Mayock and the rest of the front office made that an issue to address in the offseason.
Las Vegas also was able to bolster its offense as they agreed to bring in longtime Dallas Cowboy tight end Jason Witten. The veteran brings a wealth of experience and an insurance policy in the event that fellow Raider tight end Foster Moreau is unable to go next year after suffering a torn ACL.
However, it appears that Moreau is doing well in his rehab as Mayock provided an update during his predraft conference call, via Raiders.com:
Our medical people are allowed to talk to them, which they do. Foster [Moreau] is doing really well. He’s been in Baton Rouge, obviously he’s an LSU guy. He’s been rehabbing there at LSU. He’s ahead of schedule. If you know the kind of kid that Foster Moreau is, you know he’s working his tail off. If anybody can come back and be ready for training camp coming off that ACL, it’s going to be Foster. He’s done great.
This is great news for the Raiders as Moreau was a bright spot for Jon Gruden in his first professional season, making an impact both as a blocker and a receiver. The LSU product made good on his limited opportunities, reeling in 21 receptions on 25 targets and coming down with five touchdowns.
Although Moreau may be returning sooner rather than later, the tight end room is crowded in Las Vegas after the team signed Witten and Nick O’Leary in free agency. Incumbent starter Darren Waller will also be a focal point, so it is unclear where the new additions will fit in.
With tight end squared away, the Silver and Black will almost definitely address their question mark at wideout through the 2020 NFL Draft.