Here's a closer look at the Oakland Raiders, who open training camp in Napa, CA July 29:
Players added – CB Ray Buchanan, CB Ike Charleton, LB Danny Clark, WR/KR Chris Cole, QB Kerry Collins, RB Troy Hambrick, DE Bobby Hamilton, LB Dwayne Rudd, DT Warren Sapp, G Ron Stone, S David Terrell, CB Denard Walker, DT Ted Washington, TE Roland Williams, RB Amos Zereoue. Players lost: DE Trace Armstrong, LB Eric Barton, DE Lorenzo Bromell, DT Rod Coleman, S Anthony Dorsett, RB Charlie Garner, LB Eric Johnson, OT Lincoln Kennedy, QB Rick Mirer, C Barret Robbins, LB Bill Romanowski, TE O.J. Santiago, CB Terrance Shaw, OT Matt Stinchcomb, DT Dana Stubblefield.
EARLY PROGNOSIS: The Raiders never sleep in the offseason and have never used the term "rebuild" in their vocabulary. There has been a significant makeover throughout the roster and coaching staff. The Raiders will be a much better ballclub than the team that went 4-12 last year but a lot has to go right for them to make a Super Bowl run. The team has a new coaching staff, several new players, and new schemes across the board and still some aging players. Safely, winning seven or eight games is realistic and with a few breaks 10 or 11 are possible. Keep in mind the AFC West still contains Denver and Kansas City. Both are superior to Oakland on paper. Despite the fact that the Chiefs won the division with a 13-3 record, the Raiders match up better with them than Denver.