One Oakland Raider that has impressed greatly in training camp is former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson. Nelson is mostly known for his speed, but he showed off his hand in a big way early the game against the Los Angeles Rams.
That’s some serious ball skills from the speedster. Nelson has quickly been proving that he’s more than just somebody that can run fast. He’s making the case that he should be the target of many Derek Carr passes. As the fourth option behind Tyrell Williams, Antonio Brown and Hunter Renfrow, Nelson should get open quite a bit. After a really bad year in 2018, the Raiders wide receiving corps is looking like of the team’s greatest strengths. It’s still early in the game, but don’t be surprised if Nelson makes a couple more exciting plays before he calls it a day.
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Raiders Offense Looks Strong Early
Even though there aren’t many starters seeing the field for this game, the Raiders offense looked very impressive in their first drive. They marched the ball down the field with little resistance and capped the drive off with a DeAndre Washington touchdown.
Washington will need to fight to keep his spot on the roster. The Raiders have brought in a lot of running backs and Washington could be the odd man out. He definitely helps his case with impressive play in the preseason. He may have to beat out Jalen Richard to secure a spot, but it’s possible the team will ride with four running backs to start the season. Washington was drafted by the Raiders back in 2016 and hasn’t done too much to impress since. He’s got ability as both a rusher and a runner. The problem is, almost every running back the Raiders got is a dual-threat. Josh Jacobs figures to be the bell cow with Doug Martin backing him up. Washington will have a really hard time carving out a spot on this offense. Richard is considered one of the better pass-catching running backs around, so that is what will likely give him the edge over Washington.
Mike Glennon Looks Sharp Early but Throws Two INTs
Things were looking really good early for backup quarterback Mike Glennon. He led the Raiders to a touchdown in his first drive wearing silver and black. Unforntealy, he’s thrown two interceptions since. He still has the edge over Nathan Peterman, but the former Buffalo Bills quarterback hasn’t had a chance to hit the field yet.
Glennon hasn’t been nearly as bad as Nate Peterman over the course of their careers. Glennon has pretty good career numbers. He’s thrown 35 passing touchdowns to only 20 interceptions over five seasons. Glennon has started in 22 games in his career, so he’s got good experience for a backup. Peterman has only two seasons under his belt but has been bad in all of his appearances. He’ll really have to look good in the preseason to unseat Glennon.