Raider Rookie Report: Offense
With the Raiders disappointing season in the books, let us look at how the offensive rookie class performed. Most important, none of these players were expected to play this season.
While not expected to play much over the course of the season, Sharpe was expected to stake a claim to either tackle spot. In total, he played in five games including spot duty when pro-bowler Donald Penn left for just a few snaps. For the balance of the season, Sharpe surrendered two sacks and just one penalty albeit a holding call. For a player no oneexpected to play, Sharpe’s performance could prevent the Raiders from drafting a high pick.
Jylan Ware will have a tough time finding any snaps during the regular season. As it stands now, Alexander has the inside track. Marshall Newhouse allowed eight total sacks. As a result, Ware could vulture reps from Alexander and Newhouse.
Elijah Hood either spent the entire season on the practice squad or buried in the depth chart. To the surprise of many, Hood stood idle during Lynch’s one game suspension. He needs game reps to prove his worth, if one of the smaller backs leave. All in all, Hood could evolve into a suitable sub for Lynch.
Probably the biggest surprise on the entire offensive draft/UFA group. Now it seems as though he may be the heir-apparent to fan favorite blocking tight end Lee Smith. Smith blocks by trade and even his eight receptions are the second most of his career. With a million dollar salary, it would not be a stretch for the Raiders to cut Smith, provided brown is ready. Brown
As mentioned, these players will endure a rough ride to grabbing a roster spot. Gruden will bring something to the depth chart.