Welcome again as we kick off the 2022 season of Ballers & Busters. There was loads of good and a few not so good within the Raiders lopsided win over the Jacksonville Jaguars’ second and third teamers Thursday night time.
Preseason soccer is all about making an impression in pads that guys hope will carry over to the sector in coaching camp.
Listed below are a number of guys who did that.
G Lester Cotton Sr
I used to be skeptical of Cotton this offseason as he was stepping in at proper guard for the injured Denzelle Good. In spite of everything, Cotton has appeared in simply 5 video games in his profession and has spent most of his profession relegated to the follow squad. It appeared like a like only a placeholder till Good got here again from harm.
Then Good retired, Cotton remained, after which went out on this recreation and made me a believer. Cotton laid a key block on the second play of the sport, serving to spring Josh Jacobs for 12 yards. It put the Raiders in area purpose vary and so they went up 3-0 to begin the sport.
Cotton adopted that up with blocks on a nine-yard Jacobs run, a four-yard Jacobs run on third and one, and a 15-yard Zamir White run, main to a different area purpose.
The ultimate play of the primary quarter, Cotton acquired downfield to dam on an 18-yard display screen play to Ameer Abdullah. That drive would in the end result in the Raiders’ first landing of the sport. On the subsequent drive, he would once more get downfield on a display screen that went for 19 yards. Nice days work for Cotton.
RB Zamir White
Josh Jacobs acquired the primary two drives of the sport and performed effectively. Then White got here in and confirmed why he is a severe contender to eat into Jacobs’s snaps and supply the offense some juice this season.
White’s first run of the sport, he confirmed some good burst and took off for 15 yards. Later he confirmed his skills as a receiver when he took a display screen cross for 19 yards. The drive after that he confirmed his energy from him, when he took a pitch out left on third and one and drove by to defend to select up the primary down. White even confirmed he can sort out when he made the cease on a kick return.
DT Kendal Vickers, ED Malcolm Koonce
Vickers made the primary sort out on the sport, stuffing a run. He additionally had the one sack by the Raiders within the recreation.
Koonce helped set it up by getting strain to crash the pocket. Whereas Koonce might not have gotten a sack, he acquired some good strain at occasions. He additionally batted a cross on the line.
QB Jarrett Stidham, WR Demarcus Robinson
His first cross of the sport, miraculously was accomplished 31 yards downfield to Keelan Cole. This regardless of being hit as he threw.
After Nick Mullens got here in for a pair drives, Stidham returned late within the second quarter, finishing a 14-yard cross to Tyron Johnson on third and 11 and a 16-yard cross to Demarcus Robinson. The subsequent play, he scrambled out proper, directed visitors — getting a block in the long run zone from Robinson — and ran it for the landing to offer the Raiders a 20-0 lead on the half.
S Tyree Gillespie
The second-year reserve security laid the wooden on a number of performs, together with the one through which he put his helmet on the ball to knock it out of the fingers of the receiver to pressure a fumble. It was the one takeaway of the sport for the Raiders.
CB Bryce Cosby
The undrafted rookie’s greatest shot at making this group is thru his particular groups work. His first play of this recreation was making the sort out on a kick return. Then within the third quarter, he was a part of three performs in a row — he got here as much as assistance on a run stuff for one yard, made the sort out on a brief catch, and broke up a cross on a 3rd all the way down to pressure a punt.
T Brandon Parker
It is a miracle the Raiders offense was in a position to do something on this recreation with Parker at left sort out. To say he was out of his depth from him doesn’t fairly cowl it. He was simply flat out getting labored on practically each play he was within the recreation.
On the very first play, he gave up the hit on Stidham as he threw. The ball was accomplished anyway with a roughing the passer penalty tacked on. If not, Parker lacking his block a pair performs in a while a pitch play may need led to a punt as a substitute of a area purpose.
The second drive was stalled due to Parker and Parker alone. That they had moved to the Jacksonville 22-yard-line. Then Parker gave up consecutive sacks, the second to his former teammate Arden Key who he might bear in mind destroying him in rookie camp in 2018. The consequence was Daniel Carlson having to try a 55-yard area purpose which he transformed.
The second quarter would start simply as the primary quarter did — with Parker getting overwhelmed, this time for a run stuff. And, lastly, on his closing play on the finish of the subsequent drive, Parker would surrender yet one more sack; his his third of the sport.
That is the man who’s supposedly the at present main candidate to begin at proper sort out. He was enjoying out of place at left sort out, however you’d hope he would at the very least be serviceable on the alternative aspect, not a saloon door.
RB Kenyan Drake
It’s more and more evident the Raiders intend on going with working again by committee. And in that battle, Drake did not present up effectively for himself. Whereas Josh Jacobs and Zamir White averaged over 5 yards per carry, and Ameer Abdullah confirmed up effectively within the display screen recreation, Drake averaged simply 1.8 yards per stick with it 5 carries.