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 in the offseason.
Only a lot pleasure can actually happen in the additional preseason game 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 three Raiders going through lengthy shot odds at making the roster.
3 Raiders players who made their case: RB Austin Walter
Aside from the Raiders blockbuster commerce for Davante Adams and the acquisition of Chandler Jones, one of probably the most attention-grabbing notes on Vegas’ offseason was the choice to not choose up Josh Jacobs’ fifth-year option. Jacobs has tallied 28 touchdowns and over 3,000 dashing yards in his first three seasons, and it appears as if the group is noncommittal to a future with him. They have a loaded cap to navigate between the Derek Carr, Davante Adams, and Maxx Crosby contracts so working again should 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 strong introductory push to earn a function in the Raiders’ creating 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 in the XFL reduce quick as a result of league suspending its operations in April of 2020. He bounced backwards and forwards between the energetic roster and observe 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.