There were hints of what we saw on the Las Vegas Raiders’ interior defensive line Sunday in training camp. Coach Jon Gruden was very complimentary of free-agent addition Maliek Collins and Johnathan Hankins.
Gruden didn’t talk a lot about third-year player Maurice Hurst, who was considered a foundation player. During camp, I was told that the Raiders still like Hurst, but they are excited about other players in the rotation as well.
That was evident in Week 1 as the Raiders won at Carolina on Sunday. Collins played 47 snaps and Hankins played 39. Hurst’s snap count? Just 20.
Hurst did have a half sack Sunday. I expect him to still play plenty, but it was interesting to see him lose play time with Collins now in the mix.
Other Raiders’ links:
- Five observations: The Athletic wraps up the win over the Panthers.
- Rough runner: Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs had 93 rushing yards Sunday and 81 of them came after contact.
- Gruden vows to be better: Gruden said he will do a better job wearing his mask on the sideline than he did Sunday.
- Red-zone improvement: The Raiders averaged six points a drive in the red zone Sunday. They averaged 4.49 points there last season.
- 2-0 time: If the Raiders beat the Saints on Monday, they will be 2-0 for the fourth time since 1996.