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Should the Raiders pursue Kyle Vanden Bosch?

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10:35 PM ET 05.08 | General manager Reggie McKenzie fell short of completing a face transplant, but his offseason decisions left the Oakland Raiders defense practically unrecognizable. A unit that surrendered the fifth most points in the NFL last season will return with only three starters ( Tyvon Branch, Lamarr Houston and Miles Burris). McKenzie purged the roster of expensive underachievers and added veterans for nickels on the dollar who aim to parlay next season into a bigger contract. With little cap space Mckenzie was forced to be thrifty, and few resources were reserved to sign reliable depth. The next men up on the front four are a serious concern in particular, since overworking the 2012 starting four led to atrocious trench play (31st in sacks produced). Currently named at the defensive tackles are Pat Sims and Vance Walker, two steady rotation pieces who are stout against the run. The projected starter at right end is Jason Hunter, who is coming off a severe triceps injury and has recorded 11 sacks since entering the league in 2006. Houston is no Michael Strahan (yet), so who on the Raiders will provide the necessary pressure?

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Kyle Vanden Bosh, AP Photo/Rick Osentoski Kyle Vanden Bosh, AP Photo/Rick Osentoski
 
May 9, 2013  12:41 AM ET

Raiders are on the right path, a painful one but a necessary purging was what the doctor prescribed.

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