That’s not always an easy lesson for young players to learn, especially one like Abram whose hit-first-ask-questions-later style often leaves an opponent — or, more importantly, himself — laid out on the field feeling dazed and confused after a big play.
It’s a fine line, no doubt, but one that is critical for the Raiders defense which had Abram on the field for less than 30 minutes a year ago before an injury ended his rookie campaign.
“I think one of the things that he understands is there’s a time where you can take your shot and if it’s a real good shot, if a guy is hemmed up by somebody else and you’re coming to the stack,” Las Vegas defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. “But if you’re in the open field or you’re the last man to the party, whatever it may be, you have to come to balance, track the near hip and tackle the runner. There’s two different ways of going about it playing safety.
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Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has had his hands full trying to keep the Raiders in the playoff hunt and he’s found plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their chances. Gruden talked to reporters about some of the team’s players who will be key down the stretch, including kicker Daniel Carlson who quietly has put together a very solid season.
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Morrow making moves
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Incognito out after surgery
Richie Incognito’s season officially ended after the veteran offensive lineman underwent foot surgery in late November. It also might have signaled the end of Incognito’s stay in Las Vegas.
Free agent frenzy turns to fizzle
From the first pick to the last, the NFL draft is a complete roll of the dice. There are no sure things, no guarantees of a player’s success regardless of where he gets selected. Every team rolls the dice and hopes for the best.
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YOU CAN'T RAID US OF IDENTITY!
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