Both teams are looking to improve upon 2021 seasons with some fresh faces leading the charge.
Jacksonville went 3-14 mostly under the defrocked Urban Meyer, who didn't survive the campaign after foibles on and off the field. Meyer was replaced by offensive guru Doug Pederson.
Las Vegas was 10-7, making the playoffs, but parting during the season with, you guessed it, defrocked coach Jon Gruden. Gruden resigned in October after mysogynistic and homophobic comments in e-mails came to light. Josh McDaniels takes over the Silver and Black. Like Pederson, he is touted for his offensive pedigree.
The defense, 29th in the league in 2021, has a lot of room for improvement.
Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr gets a dynamic addition to his arsenal in receiver Davante Adams. Adams, acquired from the Green Bay Packers, contributed more than 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns a year ago. Versatile wideout Hunter Renfrow will team with Adams to provide punch.
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Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels is striving to take Las Vegas deeper into the playoffs.