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Mike Mayock talks about opportunities lost

Mike Mayock, Raiders

There was a time during the regular season where the Oakland Raiders appeared to be playoff bound. But then, things unraveled down the stretch.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says that missed opportunities ultimately cost the Raiders a playoff berth in what was their final season in the Bay:

“Opportunities lost,” Mayock said during an interview with Eddie Paskal of the Raiders’ team website. “I mean, we’re six and four. We lost five of our last six. I think what it did was illuminate to me that we, our depth has to get better. We got beat up a little bit. And in the NFL, everybody gets beat up. I’ve got to do a better job of, of helping Jon [Gruden] have enough depth to get through a season at a high level.”

The 2019 campaign was certainly a wild one for the Raiders.

Mayock and Co. thought they would be going into the season with a potentially lethal passing game that included wide receiver Antonio Brown, but a series of incidents in training camp ultimately led to Brown requesting his release just before the season started.

The loss of Brown left Oakland with limited options in the aerial attack outside of fellow wide out Tyrell Williams and tight end Darren Waller, but thanks to a smashmouth running game led by rookie halfback Josh Jacobs and a judicious Derek Carr under center, the Raiders managed to make it work early on.

However, as time progressed, injuries and Oakland’s lack of talent bubbled to the surface, resulting in the Raiders finishing 7-9.