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24JUST NOW: Caleb Williams the new RB has agreed to receive $24.8million and to have a fifth year team options Deal done welcome Williams

The Las Vegas Raiders are hoping to compete again in the coming season. Antonio Pierce already has the full support of the coaching staff and stars like Maxx Crosby. They still need to patch up their woes on offense and it all started this offseason. The front office landed some good talent in free agency and got more reinforcements in the NFL Draft. One of them might even be their long-term solution at the tight end spot, Brock Bowers out of Georgia.

It’s official! Brock Bowers is here to stay as a member of the Raiders offense, per Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team. The team’s NFL Draft pick from the Georgia Bulldogs just inked a four-year deal that guarantees him $ 18.1 million. Other inclusions to his contract are a $10 million signing bonus alongside a fifth-year team option.

This is just the first part of Antonio Pierce’s plan to reinvigorate the Raiders offense. So far, their pass-catcher squad is looking elite. Their team has Davante Adams, Jakobi Meyers, Jalen Guyton, and Michael Mayer among others. Their rushing weapons are also looking deadly with Zamir White and Alexander Mattison leading the depth chart.

Furthermore, the Raiders offense can only be as good as their trenches. The squad knows this and notched some key additions in those spots as well. Jackson Powers-Johnson, DJ Glaze, Will Putnam, Jake Johanning, and Clark Barrington are some big names out of college who can produce for this squad and protect their quarterback.

Speaking of the signal-caller position, the Raiders still have a conundrum they have to solve. They just landed Gardner Minshew while also retaining Aidan O’Connell. The addition of Carter Bradley through the NFL Draft makes the situation unclear. Nonetheless, these quarterbacks will have elite weapons to hand the ball off to or make long pass plays with.

What do the Raiders get with Bowers?

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He’s not the panacea to the Raiders’ inconsistent offense but he can surely be their anchor for the foreseeable future. This is what he was great at in Georgia. Whether it was blocking for a running back, creating space in the pocket for his signal caller, or running through the seam for an easy checkdown, he is a jack of all trades.

The Raiders’ NFL Draft pick also produced good numbers throughout college. He has sticky hands and clearly knows how to play the passing game well. This notched him 2,538 receiving yards on 175 recpetions. To put it into perspective, Bowers got the Bulldogs an average gain of 14.5 yards per catch which is almost always a first down. Clearly, he is also very lethal in catching passes in the end zone. This is why, despite heavy coverages, he got 26 total touchdowns too.

Moreover, his ability to carry the ball and get the offense going is also outstanding. Bowers may have only rushed 19 times throughout college but he makes sure that every movement counts. He got Georgia 10.2 yards per rush on those meager attempts and even ran to the end zone five times.

Antonio Pierce and the Raiders have signed a foundational piece to what could be a Super Bowl-winning core. Hopefully, it pays off.

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