Greg Papa Offers What The Raiders Need To Beat The Patriots
It’s no secret. The AFC path to the Super Bowl goes through New England.
If the Raiders plan to reach the Super Bowl, they’ll need to crack the code and beat the Patriots – most likely in Foxboro.
Greg Papa, the voice of the Raiders’ broadcast, offered what he believes the Raiders need to do if they’re “serious” about beating the Patriots.
“You’ve got to have more of an inside rush,” Papa said on his 95.7 Game weekly show. “If you are serious about beating the Patriots, you know you’ve got to go at Tom Brady in the A-gap, right in the middle, because as good as Mack is, maybe you have to move Mack around. [Brady] is not going to be bothered by the outside pass rush. The teams that beat him come get him right in his face.”
Papa believes the Raiders should make an effort to bring in Mo Wilkerson from the Jets – ideally just before the trade deadline when his 2017 salary becomes more affordable.
Wilkerson is in the second year of a five-year, $86 million deal and has cap numbers around $20 million in each of the next four seasons. It’s possible the Raiders could squeeze Wilkerson under the cap for half a season, but they would be hard pressed to make it work beyond the upcoming season.
That said, few would disagree that the Raiders need to improve their pass rush from last season – particularly on the interior.
With the return of Mario Edwards Jr. and the addition of rookie DT Eddie Vanderdoes, the Raiders hope to see a significant jump in production from their interior line.
If the jump doesn’t happen, would Reggie McKenzie consider going off script to make a splash on Wilkerson?