The time has come for the Las Vegas Raiders to kick off their training camp schedule, and high expectations are going into this season.
Last year, the Raiders defied the odds, going through a roller coaster of a season to win four straight and clinch a playoff spot in Week 18. Now, with a new head coach at the helm, the Silver and Black will be looking to avoid the off-the-field issues, and get down to being a playoff contender in the AFC.
To do so, they will have to first get through the summer, as they build up their 53-man roster ahead of their September 11, 2022 showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders defiantly scored big by getting star wide receiver Davante Adams from Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers.
His speed, skills and experience are definitely going to be needed to beat the revenge seeking Chargers on 9-11. The 35-32 loss to the Raiders on Jan 20, 2002 at Allegiant Stadium was heartbreaking to Charger fans and the whole organization. However, many are concerned if #10 ranked Derek Carr can Play up to a #3 ranked Aaron Rogers level since Adams played all 8 of his career seasons with Rogers. But you have to take into consideration that Derek Carr and Davante Adams played together at Fresno State from 2012 to 2013. Between them, they scored 39 touchdowns and racked up 3,037 yards
I personally feel that Derek Carr is a rise to the occasion type of QB. You cant argue that he’s of the Top 10 QB’s in the league. Ok he’s number 10, But with Adams, there’s some room for leveling up! Let’s go Carr.
Rookies reported to Practice on July 18, and the veterans reported on July 20. The Raiders got an early jump this season due to the fact they have a brand new head coach and are also playing in the 2022 Hall of Fame Game.
In June, free agent defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh publicly expressed his interest in joining the Las Vegas Raiders. At the time, while Josh McDaniels and the rest of the Raiders’ new regime was flattered, it seemed there was no place for Suh on the roster and Since then things have changed.
Earlier in the week, the Raiders placed both [projected] starting defensive tackles, Bilal Nichols and Johnathan Hankins, on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Nichols, 25, is on year one of the 2 year, $8.6M contract he signed this off-season. Hankins, another signing made by the Raiders in free agency, has suited up for the Raiders since 2018. Hankins has yet to appear in less than 14 games in his four seasons with the team.
News of the defensive tackle unit continues to trend south, as Vernon Butler was placed on the non-football injury list last Thursday afternoon. As the defensive interior group continues to weaken, the need for Suh only continues to grow bigger.
With 70.5 sacks throughout his luxurious career, it’s hard not to want a Ndamukong Suh on your team. A sack master, All-Pro, and pillar of health, Suh brings all the things Raider Nation has cried for in the interior of the defensive line.
Suh has been awarded All-Pro honors on five occasions, winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2010. Since 2012, only one defensive player leaguewide has managed to miss a total of zero contests; That player is Ndamukong Suh. “Come home Suh, Come home.