We’re now inside 40 days until the start of the Raiders 2017 season. The team has their first day off from camp today and will be back at it tomorrow. Here is the guy wearing number 39 for the Raiders presently.
S Keith McGill
This 2014 fourth round pick had a transition period in his first season in the pros as he had switched from safety to corner late in his college career. That transition was made more difficult by an injury that had him out the first part of his rookie season. He had his best shot to earn a place in the cornerback rotation in his second season, but it never materialized.
Last season, the team switched him back to safety in an attempt to find his value. He was surprisingly named the starter ahead of Nate Allen to begin last season while Karl Joseph was easing his way back from the knee injury he suffered his senior year at West Virginia. That experiment lasted just two games. Out of necessity, Karl Joseph was deemed ready to start in week three alongside Reggie Nelson. When Joseph was hurt late in the season, it was Allen and Brynden Trawick who worked in.
McGill was relegated mostly to special teams work and the team added two safeties in the draft, making McGill no sure thing to make the roster in what would be the final year on his rookie contact. His best chance to make the final roster would be to prove himself invaluable on special teams as a replacement for Trawick who left in free agency.
Who wore it best: LB Willie Hall (1975-78)
Hall joined the Raiders in 1975 after two seasons in New Orleans. He was the Raiders’ everyday starting inside linebacker for three seasons from 1976-78. His first season as the full time starter, the Raiders won their first Super Bowl. In the Super Bowl run, he intercepted Terry Bradshaw in the AFC Championship game win over the Steelers and then intercepted Fran Tarkenton in the Super Bowl win over the Vikings.