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What once was a disjointed unit searching for an identity , Randy Fichtner has gotten his group to not only play as one, but to lean on James Conner to develop balance.Speaking of Conner, while many saw him as a great backup running back when he was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, no one saw this coming.Conner hasn’t just replaced Bell during his holdout, but has made fans forget about No. 26, and started thinking all about No. 30.Everyone knows the statistics, but the details of how Conner and the rest of the offense work in unison is a completely different story.The NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger broke down some of Conner’s key plays in Week 9 in his latest Twitter “Baldy Breakdown”. Check out the breakdown below, and enjoy the high level of play Conner is producing on a weekly basis. OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-10)OPEN CAMP: July 26 Mike Wagner Jersey , Napa, CaliforniaLAST YEAR: Raiders plummeted from 12 wins in 2016 to six last year as QB Derek Carr and offense regressed, defense struggled, and coach Jack Del Rio was fired. Oakland’s offensive output dropped by more than seven points per game, takeaways fell from 30 to 14, and Raiders got almost no production from past three draft classes in becoming one of league’s biggest disappointments. That led to move to bring coach Jon Gruden back for second stint with Raiders after spending past nine seasons in broadcast booth.IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Gruden, WR Jordy Nelson, WR Martavis Bryant Sean Davis Color Rush Jersey , RB Doug Martin, LB Derrick Johnson, CB Rashaan Melvin, S Marcus Gilchrist, LB Emmanuel Lamur, LB Tahir Whitehead, WR Ryan Switzer, OL Kolton Miller , DT Maurice Hurst, DE Arden Key.IMPORTANT LOSSES: Del Rio, WR Michael Crabtree, RT Marshall Newhouse, LB NaVorro Bowman, CB TJ Carrie, CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson Jordan Berry Jersey , P Marquette King.CAMP NEEDS: Biggest priority is getting 2016 Defensive Player of Year Khalil Mack into camp after he held out entire offseason while seeking long-term contract. Mack is entering final year of rookie deal and Gruden and new DC Paul Guenther are eager to get most important defensive piece on practice field. Other main issues are learning Gruden’s system and figuring out offensive tackle situation with LT Donald Penn coming back from  foot injury and rookies Miller and Brandon Parker battling Breno Giacomini for time.EXPECTATIONS: Owner Mark Davis has wanted to bring back Gruden ever since taking over team seven years ago. He’s hoping move pays off in team’s final two seasons in Oakland before move to Las Vegas in 2020. Gruden is being counted on to bring out best from Carr, who went from MVP candidate in 2016 to mediocre last season as he dealt with injuries. His protection got worse and his receivers were inconsistent. Even if Gruden does manage to spark offense, defense will need to take big step forward for Raiders to get back into playoff contention.—


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