Minicamps started this week, with 89 of the team’s 90-man roster taking the field. It also marked 90 days until the Raiders open the 2018 season. Today we get into the 80s in our countdown at 89 days.
Amari Cooper enters his fourth season with the Raiders as number 89. He started his career with two 1000-yard seasons, heading to the Pro Bowl each season. His numbers dropped last season along with a lot of passes Coop should have caught (10).
Coop was supposed to have taken his game to another level last season. That plan was put on hold for a season due to a knee injury that kept him out of camp that had him unable to take off the weight he usually puts on in the offseason attempting to bulk up. So, instead of getting tougher, he just got slower.
I didn’t post a piece at 90 days, so here is that breakdown.
Wearing the number 90 is once again defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.
One of four seventh round pick last season for the Raiders, Hester flashed some promise. He appeared in 14 games, starting one, he put up more combined tackles (19) and QB hits (4) than third round draft classmate Eddie Vanderdoes (18, 2) who appeared in all 16 games, starting 13.
The 6-3, 300-pound Toledo product is a versatile defensive lineman who can line up at most any interior defensive line position. He is in the mix as a rotational defensive lineman along with Justin Ellis, Mario Edwards Jr, and rookie Maurice Hurst.
What 90 means to the Raiders
Gannon has been attending Raiders minicamp, acting much like a coach would. So, it‘s only fitting he is getting his second mention is as many days. It was his career 91.2 passer rating last time, and today it’s franchise best single game completion percentage. Gannon completed exactly 90% of his passes in a game against the Denver Broncos in 2002. In that game, he completed 34 of 38 passes for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. A somewhat common occurrence of domination in his MVP season leading the Raiders to the Super Bowl.
Gannon would get his first ever playoff win as the Raiders quarterback two seasons earlier. It was a 27-0 stomping of the Miami Dolphins. Less than 30 seconds into that game, Tory James picked off Jay Fiedler and returned it 90 yards for the touchdown. It set a new record for the longest ever playoff interception return in franchise history.