2014 NFL Power Rankings - Preseason Rankings

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Jul 28, 2014; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws at training camp at Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Oakland Raiders

AFC West, 4-12

Head coach:  Dennis Allen – Allen has struggled his first two season as Raiders head coach with an 8-24 record.  However, the Raiders have stood by him despite the bad record.  But a third consecutive losing season in Oakland might be the last for one of the youngest head coaches in the league at 41.

Best offensive player:  Marcel Reece, fullback – This may seem weird to name a fullback, but Marcel Reese has been arguably the most consistent force on offense the Raiders have had over the past few seasons.  He’s made two pro bowls, is a good lead blocker, and when given the opportunity is a good runner and receiver out of  the backfield as well.

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Washington Redskins

NFC East, 3-13

Head coach:  Jay Gruden – Gruden spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.  He was an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers working under his brother John Gruden.  He’s been a head coach in the AFL and also the UFL.  Gruden is a former record setting quarterback in the AFL as well.

Best offensive player:  DeSean Jackson, wide receiver – Jackson is one of the few players in the NFL who can consistently blow the top off of a defense and go deep.  He can also take short passes and break long runs as well.  Having a player with this skill set should help the Redskins passing game and quarterback Robert Griffin III immensely.

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Atlanta Falcons

NFC South, 4-12

Head coach:  Mike Smith – Smith has had winning seasons five out of the six seasons he’s been the Atlanta Falcons head coach, and he has consistently had the Falcons in contention in the NFC South nearly every year.  However, regardless of that fact he’s still on the hot seat after a horrific 2013 season, and he may be replaced if the Falcons suffer a second consecutive losing season.

Best offensive player:  Julio Jones, wide receiver – When Jones is healthy he’s one of the top two or three wide receivers in the league.  His size and speed combination makes it hard for opposing defenses to stop him.  But the only thing that might stop Jones is injuries.  As Jones missed eleven games last season due to a foot injury.

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Buffalo Bills

AFC East, 6-10

Head coach:  Doug Marrone – Marrone enters his second season as the Bills head coach after leading the team to a 6-10 record in 2013.  The Bills have had an unbelievable nine straight losing seasons, and Marrone will try to finally get things going in the right direction in 2014.  He had a top ten defense last season.

Best offensive player:  Sammy Watkins, wide receiver – Watkins is a dynamic playmaker who should immediately have an impact on the Bills offense.  He has good size and speed, and will give second yea quarterback EJ Manuel a reliable target to throw to.

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