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Silver Minings: Arden Key’s dry spell

Third-year pass-rusher still looking for first 2020 sack

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders
Arden Key
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Many people around the Las Vegas Raiders considered the 2020 season a make-or-break one for third-year pass rusher Arden Key.

With two games remaining, it’s difficult to categorize this season as a made one for Key. He has zero sacks, despite being on the field for 252 pass-play snaps. According to the Associated Press, that would be a team record for the most pass-play snaps played in a season without a sack if Key doesn’t register one in the next two games.

The Raiders drafted Key in the third round of the 2018 draft to be a disruptive force off the edge. It hasn’t happened. Key has three career sacks and he has 11 tackles in 10 games this season.

Finding a consistent pass rush in 2021 will be paramount for the Raiders. They will likely add multiple players at the position in the offseason. At this point, Key hasn’t shown that he should be on next year’s roster. He has two games to make a difference.

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