The Raiders started out the 2018 poorly. After high expectations, with Jon Gruden bolting the booth to coach the team, the Raiders sit at 1-4. Moreover, this spotty play reminds many of last season. Although the team is starting out slow, there has been some bright spots for the team, that meaning the rookies. Although they still have a lot to prove, it should be noted about their good play because the Raiders future is looking bright.
The Raiders 2018 first round pick exceeded expectations in having a very solid season. However, his last two games saw him struggles versus Myles Garrett and Melvin Ingram. Against the Chargers, Miller injured his knee. Doctors diagnosed it as an MCL sprain. If healthy enough to play, expect Miller to enjoy a solid game going up against this Seattle defensive line.
With the injury to tackle Donald Penn, Parker immediately stepped into a starting role. Although he is a smart player, he needs to be more aware of the snap count because he has had numerous false starts for the team already in his short tenure as the starting tackle. In the game vs. Seattle, Parker can expect to work on the basics. Most importantly, recognizing where the help reside on chips, if needed.
The clear-cut steal for the Raiders. Though labeled as a first round talent, a heart condition allowed the Raiders to get him in the fifth round. He possesses all the physical tools, plus the high motor to be an elite defensive tackle in the NFL. With Seattle’s perennial poor line, envision Hurst getting into the backfield with relative ease.
Another player that many labeled as a first round talent. The Raiders took a chance on him in round three, due to off the field issues. Key possesses raw talent, but he needs to work on his conditioning, so he can be a three down lineman for the Raiders. Plus, Key must vary his repertoire. If he features just the spin move less, teams will plan for it less. Now, Key appears content unleashing it often.
In reality, many of the rookies needed to step up early. To their credit, the Raiders should feel content with what they currently employ.