One of the more intriguing position at the Raiders 2020 season training camp in the early stages is the revamped linebacker position, which has been a major problem spot for the Raiders for years,
It was a focal point of the offseason when they signed starters Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski in free agency.
The Raiders use a lot of two-linebacker looks, but they also have a 4-3 base defenses. The Raiders clearly want more at the position beyond Littleton and Kwiatkoski. They signed veteran Bryce Hager recently and reportedly tried to sign Mychal Kendricks, a starting-quality player.
Let’s look at the players most likely to make the roster:
The former undrafted free agent has been a starter and he has some ability. But he’s got limitations and the Raiders would like to upgrade.
Hager was a special teams standout with the Rams. But he is a capable backup. Scouts like him and think he can make plays if given the chance.
A third-round pick who is expected to be a special-teams standout. He reportedly has struggled to adjust early in training camp. But I wouldn’t worry quite yet. It’s early and there is time. Thus, the Raiders will have patience with him.
He has been the darling of training camp. On Monday, defensive end Maxx Crosby said White can run downhill like “an animal.” The Oakland native and UNLV product has gotten high praise from high coach Jon Guden and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. The undrafted free agent is making a real roster push.
He’s a Raiders’ special teams mainstay, but with the unit improving, he may have to sweat out his roster spot.
The veteran may have to beat out Hager to make the team.