Every now and then a player is chosen reasonably high in the draft and the team quickly realizes they simply aren’t going to pan out. Such is the case with Shilique Calhoun who the Raiders waived today as first reported by Ed Borsilli.
Shilique Calhoun waived— Eddie Borsilli (@Borsilli) September 2, 2017
The 2016 third round pick had little to no production for the team. I had suggested the team attempt to acquire something for him in trade leading up to the cutdown date. They may or may not have tried, but there was not value there, so they opted to cut bait.
In ten games as a rookie last season Calhoun logged a grand total of 5 tackles, adding a half sack and a pass defended. He was a liability in coverage from the strong side linebacker spot which limited his playing time severely.
He gained some weight this offseason in the hopes of keeping from getting tossed around on the block as much. It didn’t seem to do any good.
Through three preseason games, Calhoun had not logged a single tackle. In the final preseason game, he put up 3 tackles and got a unblocked sack. It was too little, too late.