After playing 22 snaps during his NFL debut for the Oakland Raiders, it seems that safety Obi Melifonwu may have suffered some type of a setback.
the hope was that the rookie had gotten past any lingering injuries. Unfortunately, as Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported,While Melifonwu was on and off the practice field in the weeks leading up to the team's third preseason game, that may not be the case.
including covering tight ends and playing a hybrid linebacker role with the first-team defense,Authentic Linval Joseph Jersey,Melifonwu was featured in many different roles for the Raiders during their third preseason game, and strong safety with the second-team defense.
Time will tell,Authentic Everson Griffen Jersey, but there's a very real reason to believe that Melifonwu may not take part in the team's fourth and final preseason game on Thursday.
Roster Bubble Watch: 3 Raiders solidify status vs. Cowboys
Though the Oakland Raiders lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24-20 Saturday, many players currently battling on the fringes of the 53-man roster were able to put some critical plays on tape.
Here is a look at three players who went into Oakland’s Week 3 preseason matchup perceived to be on the roster bubble,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, and what each player’s tape against the Cowboys did to help (or hurt) their case to make the team.
No. 1: Tyrell Adams, MLB
After earning snaps on the interior of the defense with the first unit against Dallas, middle linebacker Tyrell Adams was exposed in coverage by 35-year-old Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.
he posted six receptions for 74 yards,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey,Though Witten was pulled from the game after the first half of play, many of which coming by late reactions from Adams in coverage. The former West Georgia product went undrafted before putting on a good showing in training camp in Napa and early during the preseason.
the 25-year-old second-year linebacker saw several passes sail over his helmet after being sucked in by play action, the quarterback’s eye manipulation or other routes fighting for his attention. Adams is athletic and big,However, which is what makes him worth looking at on the interior.
However, rookie middle linebacker Marquel Lee is just as agile and slightly larger and played the much better game against Dallas than did Adams.
but he caught blocks while finding himself in too high of a position in the running game too often again. Meanwhile,Lee looked more comfortable in coverage than did his counterpart, fellow inside linebacker Jelani Jenkins had the strongest showing Saturday as he has quietly amassed 13 tackles this preseason.
Adams will need a much better showing Thursday against Seattle if he wishes to make the final 53-man roster.
No. 2: Shalom Luani, safety
safety Obi Melifonwu afforded fellow rookie (seventh round,The absence of rookie second-round pick,Womens Linval Joseph Jersey, No. 221 overall) Shalom Luani to shine in training camp and preseason.
that is despite Melifonwu finally seeing action (22 snaps) at safety. Luani logged 33 snaps,Womens Everson Griffen Jersey,Luani still managed to flash on tape Saturday, second only to starting free safety Karl Joseph (34) and just ahead of strong safety Reggie Nelson (31).
The American Samoa native is among the league leaders in tackles this preseason with 13 and has proven impactful in his snaps on special teams as well. Though he is a rookie, Luani is 23-years-old and displays his maturity in his instinctual play in the secondary.
McKenzie referred to Luani as a playmaker shortly after drafting him this year,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, and Del Rio confirmed as much by calling him both “instinctive” and a “ball magnet” Aug. 15 just one day before assistant head coach — defense John Pagano noted his “knack” for always being around the football.
Noted immediately as seventh-rounder that should make the roster,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, all signs point towards Luani doing just that if he finishes off the preseason strong Thursday.
No. 3: Treyvon Hester,Authentic Laquon Treadwell Jersey, DT
After finishing last in the NFL in sacks in 2016 with 25, McKenzie was on a mission to reinforce his interior rush this offseason.
Though his methodology has often been questioned,Womens Laquon Treadwell Jersey, McKenzie looks to have hit home runs in the seventh round with both Luani and rookie defensive tackle Treyvon Hester (No. 244 overall).
Hester immediately turned heads on the first day of minicamp and training camp, which is a good thing after boldly stating that he “demands a double team” shortly after being drafted.
Building off his early momentum Hester has been fairly dominant in his pass-rushing snaps on the inside this preseason, amassing three sacks total including one Saturday against the Cowboys. Fellow rookie defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes received more hype than Hester due to his impressive showings in training camp in Napa.
However, there’s little question that Hester has put together the far better tape between the two for what Oakland needs from the inside of their defensive line is through Week 3 of the preseason.
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