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  1. OTA's

    I don't think Geunther is going to depart much from what he did last year in Cincinnati. On base downs, he often would have both ends line up at the 4 tech outside shade. Irvin isn't a bad run defender -- he's was a better run defender than pass rusher on a down to down basis last season -- but he has been playing off the line in a 6 or 7 tech spot. If Geunther sticks to what he did in Cincinnati, then I suspect Carradine will see more base reps. It doesn't mean Irvin won't see more snaps, overall, though. It would be fair to say I'm not Irvin's biggest fan -- as in I think he's an above average to good player -- but it wouldn't be fair to say I don't like him on the team. Gruden himself hinted at a changing role for Irvin that might include more situation work back in his introduction: I like the idea of keeping him fresh for pass rushing reps, similar to how the Bengals used Carl Lawson last year.
  2. OTA's

    Norton starting playing cover 2/2-high a lot more at the end of two seasons ago. Last season, cover 2/2-high was just as big a part of the defensive scheme as cover 3. I think a lot of it had to do with Sean Smith's dependence of help coverage over the top. So far, Geunther's scheme in Oakland has been step for step what he ran in Cincinnati. I think when Mack comes back, he takes Irvin's place on the stating lineup and Carradine stays as the starting base RDE.
  3. 2018 Free Agency Thread v2

    Based on how Gruden talks about Johnson, it doesn't appear adding another starting linebacker is in the cards.
  4. OTA's

    I think that's still up in the air.
  5. New policy for the National Anthem

    I'm not sure this can even be discussed under the current forum rules.
  6. OTA's

    Guys, let's not lose our head over OTA evaluations.
  7. Random Raider Stuff

    This is only true if you don't count his 4 seasons at UConn and Senior Bowl practices. On Hackenberg: It's fine if it's a conditional 7th round pick. But what happens if he's cut before week one? The Jets don't get anything?
  8. Random Raider Stuff

    Trading for Hackenberg seems weird and unnecessary.
  9. Rd. 5- DT Maurice Hurst

    Hall's shirt is tucked while Hurst's is not. Plus, Hall carries a lot of weight in his 700 lbs. squatting legs.
  10. Rnd4 pick 10- CB Nick Nelson

    I don't think he can play outside, at least not his rookie year. Nelson has the tendency to rely on early contact to slow a receiver down at the top of routes, and I believe he lacks the length to reliably contest balls against some of the better receivers in the league. As far as his ability to start early, we'll see. Right now, I believe Marcus Gilchrist should start in the slot with Nelson backing him up. I don't think he can give what Carrie gave over the last two seasons for the Raiders for some of the reasons I stated above. Another deficiency I see in his game is tackling. He's a willing tackler, but he doesn't bring a lot of stopping power despite his sturdy frame. Ideally, I'd like to "redshirt" him and see how he develops in the preseason, and maybe give him some dime reps throughout the year.
  11. Will Josh Allen become a franchise QB for the Bills?

    I hope he does, but I wouldn't bet on it. He's not as bad a prospect some of his staunchest detractors claimed he was, but I don't think he'll grow into a player who will be able to reliably keep the team competitive year after year.
  12. Rnd3- DE Arden key

    Yeah. The Bengals routinly put one of Dunlap or Johnson on the inside last year on obvious passing downs. Key would play Carl Lawson’s role as a designated pass rusher.
  13. Rnd3- DE Arden key

    Based on what the Bengals did last year, I suspect Key would see the field primarily on obvious passing downs. Something like: Irvin - Hurst/Hall - Mack - Key.
  14. Raiders Defense

    This is why PFF grades shouldn't be taken out of context. This simply isn't true. Joseph was a very good player against the run when he was in the box. The problem is his lack of length doesn't allow him to match up well against tight ends when he's so close to the line of scrimmage -- that's why his coverage grade is so low. As a coverage player, Joseph is best when he's player a deep zone. I think having him predominantly playing deep half or deep middle will accentuate his strengths more as a coverage player.
  15. 2018 Draft Recap Thread

    I imagine Gruden is in charge of the scheme.