Chase Young/Ohio State 6’5/264/4.65 (E)/Round 1
2019 Stats: 46 tackles, 21 TFL, 16.5 sacks / 3 PD, 7 Pr / 6 FF
Pros: Anticipates and jumps the snap and will attack the blocker’s chest with heavy hands and long arms. Can adjust late and miss the blocker’s punch while still making his path to the passer efficient. A sharp turner around the edge, flattens it with power and speed. A productive machine who has nearly elite traits across the board. Cons: Will get tall at times and plays too stiff. The reactions to the ball in the run game can be faster and more efficient. Needs to get more consistent with the inside rush and double moves. Seems indecisive at times. Pro Comparison: Chandler Jones / ARI
A.J. Epenesa/Iowa 6’5/278/5.04/Round 1-2
2019 Stats: 49 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 11.5 sacks / 3 PD, 9 Pr / 4 FF
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Raiders’ good, bad, ugly
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
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S&BI continually scans the message boards across Raider Nation to see what Raider fans are talking about now that the 2020 season has ended for the Raiders. We chose some of the better posts and present them here.
Checklist for 2021
Now that the 2020 season has been put to rest for Las Vegas, the Raiders have shifted their focus to what figures to be a busy offseason as they prepare for 2021.
AFC WEST ROUNDUP
The Chargers fired coach Anthony Lynn after four seasons.
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