The Raiders beat the Jaguars in Friday night time’s Corridor of Fame sport, 27-11. Which 3 long-shot gamers made a case to crack the Raiders 53-man roster?
The NFL’s annual teaser, the Corridor of Fame sport, which preludes the longest five-week stretch of the 12 months for soccer followers, was performed Thursday night time in Canton, Ohio.
The preseason opener featured the Las Vegas Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars in a face off between two new head coaches, the 2022 first-overall draft choose, and two rosters that have been all however utterly overhauled within the offseason.
Solely a lot pleasure can actually happen within the further preseason sport sprinkled into the schedule yearly, so, to summarize, the Raiders second and third groups beat the stuffing out of the Jaguars backups, 27-11. There was, nevertheless, sufficient flash on the gridiron to construct a case for 3 Raiders going through lengthy shot odds at making the roster.
3 Raiders gamers who made their case: RB Austin Walter
Except for the Raiders blockbuster commerce for Davante Adams and the acquisition of Chandler Jones, one of the crucial fascinating notes on Vegas’ offseason was the choice to not choose up Josh Jacobs’ fifth-year choice. Jacobs has tallied 28 touchdowns and over 3,000 dashing yards in his first three seasons, and it appears as if the crew is noncommittal to a future with him. They’ve a loaded cap to navigate between the Derek Carr, Davante Adams, and Maxx Crosby contracts so working again have to be an space that they’re keen to check the waters with.
That concept in thoughts, Austin Walter, who made his NFL debut with the San Francisco 49ers in 2019, made a stable introductory push to earn a task within the Raiders’ growing working again platoon. He had eight carries for 49 yards (6.1 YPC) and a landing, which was good for the second-best night among the many working backs behind rookie Zamir White (11 carries for 52 yards).
Walter was waived by the 49ers twice (2019, 2021) and the New York Giants (the day after cracking the 53-man roster in October of 2019). He additionally had a stint within the XFL minimize brief because of the league suspending its operations in April of 2020. He bounced backwards and forwards between the energetic roster and apply squad with the New York Jets final 12 months, and was signed by the Raiders final week.
His effort might have been precisely what he wanted to crack an NFL roster full-time for the primary time in his profession.