The Oakland Raiders did not figure to run the risk of injury to any of their star or front-line gamers in their preseason opener Saturday night, and they remained real to that summation. Rather, it was a display for a lot of their second-tier beginners and novices attempting to get a feel for striking another person in another jersey. It did not precisely work out for them in a 20-10loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona.
QB depth chart: EJ Manuel appeared to preserve his hang on the No. 2 gig over Connor Cook. Manuel finished 10 of 12 passes for 102 lawns while playing the whole very first half. Cook, on the other hand, looked anxious early in the 2nd half and completed 10- for-21for 82 lawns. Derek Carr need not examine his shoulder.
When it was beginners vs. beginners, the Raiders looked …: Well, it was tough to make an evaluation here thinking about a lot of Oakland beginners did not play, from Carr to running back Marshawn Lynch, to receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, to protective end Khalil Mack, to outdoors linebacker Bruce Irvin. However consider this– the Raiders’ main backups were outscored 17 -0 by the Cardinals’ very first- and second-stringers.
One need to be worried: The Raiders still have concerns at middle linebacker since their beginning middle linebacker, fifth-round draft choice Marquel Lee, played, well, like a fifth-round novice. Real, he did flash a few times, from separating a pass throughout the middle to getting a fumble. However he had a hard time in protection versus tight ends– sound familiar?– and got bossed around at other times. He was using the green “interactions” dot on his helmet, too. Another factor? The Cardinals were a shocking 13- of-19on 3rd down.
That man might begin: Well, if we’re talking linebackers, LaTroy Lewis came out of no place to tape a set of sacks, even if it protested third-teamers and people who will not make 53- male lineups. However, novice defensive deal with Treyvon Hester likewise had 2 sacks, and the seventh-rounder was keeping up the first-team defense heading into camp, prior to fellow novice Eddie Vanderdoes surpassed him at the start of training school.
Novice watch: We currently discussed Hester’s two-sack exploits, so exactly what about seventh-round security Shalom Luani? The novice almost managed the play of the day with an acrobatic interception of Drew Stanton near the objective line. Luani went high and nestled the ball with an outstretched hand, then he came crashing down and the ground knocked the ball out. Practically.
Marshawn Lynch sits: Even if the erstwhile Monster Mode dressed however did not play, he might have made the most news. In his go back to the NFL, Lynch sat throughout the nationwide anthem. In an obvious demonstration similar to Colin Kaepernick’s last season to accentuate bigotry and cops cruelty, Lynch stayed seated throughout the anthem on a cooler. Later on, throughout the video game, he obtained a sideline professional photographer’s electronic camera to supposedly snap some shots.
Clive Walford appears: He is viewed as the pass-catching tight end on the lineup, Lee Smith is deemed the obstructing tight end, and Jared Cook is viewed as the most well-rounded tight end. Walford had the play of the video game, per the group’s broadcast– a 30- yarder down the joint. He completed with 3 catches for 44 lawns.
Karl Joseph reveals pop: The Raiders’ first-round draft choice from 2016 revealed the thump that has actually been assured of him given that last season with a first-half hit. The strong security came flying in from the back end to lay the wood on David Johnson at the line of skirmish, providing Raiders fans a sense of exactly what they wanted to see in 2015.