The Raiders under rookie coach Dennis Allen and first-year general manager Reggie McKenize touted a "new era of excellence." But after going 4-12, Allen and McKenzie have a clearer picture of exactly how much work needs to be done to turn the Raiders into a playoff team.
Brandian Ross is listed as the backup right cornerback on the Raiders' depth chart. And the backup free safety. But that only tells part of the story about this former Packers practice squad player turned Raiders jack of all defensive back trades.
Defensive end Andre Carter was on the field for a season-high 65 percent of the Raiders' defensive plays (32 of 49) during Sunday's 15-0 shutout of Kansas City and had one of his most productive games of the year.