Last week in the wake of Donald Penn being placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, we opined that the Raiders should turn to rookie fourth round pick David Sharpe at left tackle for the final two games. They are wisely doing that.
Thru the first 14 games of the season, Sharpe was inactive in all but three games and played a combined 3 snaps on offense. With Penn turning 35 this offseason, it’s important for the Raiders to get a good look at what kind of player they have in Sharpe. They got that look, giving him every snap at left tackle Monday night in Philadelphia.
In total, he played all of the team’s 69 offensive snaps. And in that time, he gave up just one pressure and no sacks in 32 pass blocks, according to Pro Football Focus figures.
Early on, the team made sure to give him help, whether it be from tight end Lee Smith or tackle eligible Vadal Alexander. But after just 4 snaps, Alexander left the game with a concussion and didn’t return. That left the Raiders without a reserve offensive tackle which meant no more jumbo packages. Sharpe held his own, offering a positive future outlook for the young tackle.