Five Thoughts and Observations on the Raiders After Two Preseason Games

Week two of the preseason has come and gone for the Raiders and that means we’re far enough along to start tossing around a few opinions and observations.

Let’s jump right in…

Nate Hobbs is the real deal.

A few weeks ago people were talking about rookie CB Nate Hobbs like he could make a push to be the Raiders starting nickel cornerback. Anyone paying attention now understands that Hobbs has already claimed that role and might factor into an even bigger role sooner than later.

Second-year cornerback Damon Arnette should be taking notes daily from his understudy.

NFL on Twitter: “.@Raiders DB Nate Hobbs got Jalen Ramsey’s attention with this INT. @based_nvte📺: #LVvsLAR on @NFLNetwork (or check local listings)📱: https://t.co/aybjCm1SLo pic.twitter.com/CWvTxZK5jd / Twitter”

@Raiders DB Nate Hobbs got Jalen Ramsey’s attention with this INT. @based_nvte📺: #LVvsLAR on @NFLNetwork (or check local listings)📱: https://t.co/aybjCm1SLo pic.twitter.com/CWvTxZK5jd


The Raiders need help at linebacker.

It’s been a decade since the Raiders were respectable at the linebacker position, but it looks like the tide is finally turning. Unfortunately, injuries to Nicholas Morrow and Javin White could factor in to the Raiders needing to add another linebacker very soon.

K.J. Wright would make a lot of sense, but prior to Saturday night it sounded like the Raiders might end up going in another direction. After the injury to White, will the Raiders be a little more aggressive in trying to sign the 32 year-old former Pro Bowler?

NFL rules and officiating continue to be a joke.

Remember when concussion lawsuits were swirling around the NFL and they suddenly cared a whole lot about head injuries?

Now they care more about players taunting other players… and what happened to Nathan Peterman on Saturday was the latest reminder that the league doesn’t care about its players as much as they’d like you to think they do.

Warren Sharp on Twitter: “a year ago the NFL ejected players for this hit because they suddenly cared about player safety as a point of emphasisnow? it’s not even flagged but it’s a good thing he didn’t stand up & clap hard or that would have been a 15-yard taunting penalty pic.twitter.com/U5zTsPku1m / Twitter”

a year ago the NFL ejected players for this hit because they suddenly cared about player safety as a point of emphasisnow? it’s not even flagged but it’s a good thing he didn’t stand up & clap hard or that would have been a 15-yard taunting penalty pic.twitter.com/U5zTsPku1m

On a side note, it’s not just the league that needs to relax when it comes to letting you enjoy the game.

Team insiders (who may or may not still have strong emotional ties to the Rams) would do well to do the same.

Foster Moreau is poised for a big year.

Everyone is trying to figure out which sophomore wide receiver is going to fill the void left by Nelson Agholor, but keep an eye on Moreau potentially stealing a lot of targets from Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs – especially in the red zone.

If they stay healthy, Moreau and Darren Waller are going to combine for huge numbers this year.

If by chance you’re trying to settle on which outside wide receiver will get the most looks from Carr this year, consider this statement from NFL Network’s David Carr on Saturday night:

“Derek [Carr] has been force feeding Bryan Edwards in training camp.”

Do with that comment what you will.

So what position group will be the Raiders greatest weakness?

Some thought it would be their offensive line, but the combination of Derek Carr, Jon Gruden, and Tom Cable are going to get the most out of the Raiders young but talented offensive line.

There will be growing pains if Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs are the team’s starting wide receiver tandem but, again, the talent is there. With defenses keying on Waller, any deficiencies at the wide receiver position can be covered up for the most part.

This might not be the popular opinion, but the Raiders defensive line still has a lot to prove and it’s hard to know how much better they will be this year. Maybe it’s the lingering effects of losing Khalil Mack, but until the Raiders prove they can be dominant in the trenches without Mack, it’s going to take seeing it to believe it.

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  1. I was also shocked at the so called “roughing the passer” penalty last week on Carl Nassib when he barely pushed Seattle’s QB who never even fell down!
    C’mon, man!

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