Just one week in and the Raiders defensive line is hurting. Defensive tackles Justin Ellis and PJ Hall both got banged up in the opener which has prompted the Raiders to bring in veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to shore up the position.
In his Wednesday press conference Jon Gruden said there was a “distinct possibility” the team adds a defensive tackle to the mix, perhaps even more than one. When asked about Johnathan Hankins in particular, he got a sly smile on his face and all but confirmed the 6-3, 320-pounder was joining the team. Then upon entering the locker room, the evidence presented itself.
Jonathan Hankins has a nameplate in the Raiders locker room. He’s coming.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) September 12, 2018
Hankins is a 26-year-old former 2nd round pick. He spent his first four season with the New York Giants, starting 41 games. Last season he started 15 games in Indianapolis.
The Colts had signed him to a 3-year, $30 million deal, but cut him last March after just one season.
As for another possible addition, Gruden mentioned former Broncos tackle Clinton McDonald. With the Raidrers playing the Broncos this week, that could be a smart move.
Hankins’s addition would mean either Ellis or Hall will head to IR or they will cut another player. Low man on the totem poll at the position is Brian Price who the team added last week and who was inactive Monday night.