Las Vegas Raiders Uniforms Changing In 2020-21
The Las Vegas Raiders are making a notable change to their uniforms for the looming 2020-21 NFL season.
This will mark the first year that the Raiders play their home games in Las Vegas, Nevada. To commemorate the move from Oakland to Sin City, a new patch has been unveiled.
Quarterback Derek Carr showed off the new patch in an Instagram post on Friday.
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— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) August 21, 2020
Thus far, the reaction to the new uniform modification has been largely positive from the fans and haters alike.
— Max (@MaxSm0kes) August 21, 2020
Yoooooo I need the jersey with the patch 🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Kenny King Jr (@KennyKing_Jr) August 21, 2020
Las Vegas Raiders Uniforms Are Only Part Of The Story
While uniform adjustments are always a fun side plot, the big story heading into next season is how the Raiders will look on the field of play.
Last year, the organization dealt with a lot of distractions.
The Antonio Brown debacle, Carr’s inconsistent play, standard Jon Gruden quirkiness, and the dark cloud of leaving Oakland all loomed large for the silver and black from start to finish.
This year, there are things to get excited about.
Running back Josh Jacobs established himself as one of the best young talents in the NFL in 2019. He has a lot of promise.
Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III has arguably the most upside of any offensive prospect in this year’s draft.
The continued development of Darren Waller and Maxx Crosby, Marcus Mariota inevitably replacing Carr – the are a lot of surprisingly positive things to look forward to in 2020.
Now all the pieces just need to fit together.
Las Vegas Raiders Are Off To A Good Start
Fortunately for Las Vegas’ new football team, it looks like things are getting off to a positive start.
Earlier in the week, Gruden raved about what his new backup quarterback, Mariota, was bringing to the table.
“He’s interesting,” the Raiders coach noted.
“He took off a couple times today and it really fired me up. He’s been hurt, but looks like the ankle really turned a corner. He’s a dazzling playmaker with his feet, and that’s the key to his game.
“I saw glimpses of that today. It’s exciting. Started off slow on 7-on-7 [drills], but [he] picked it up, had a nice day. Had a real nice day.”
Gruden also likes what he has seen out of Jacobs. He just needs the second-year running back to stay healthy all season.
“We need our feature back down the stretch,” he said.
“We were in a playoff stretch last year and didn’t have him. I think he’s got to stay wire-to-wire healthy and we have to get more out of him in the passing game, more on the field on third down. He had a great year last year and we expect more of him from this year.”
Gruden’s Jacobs enthusiasm is understandable.
Last year, the former Alabama standout ended up missing three of the Raiders’ last four outings due to a busted shoulder. Despite that, he ended the year with 1,150 yards and seven scores – a team rookie record.
The Raiders have a lot to be excited about in 2020-21. A new locale. New talent. New uniforms.
Will the team be able to put it all together and become a serious contender in largely mediocre AFC West? Time will tell.