2 reasons why Ndamukong Suh is a perfect fit
will be the Las Vegas Raiders to acquire free agent Ndamukong Suh? There is still a clear need for defensive tackle for Silver and Black, so uniting would make sense.
A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense since 2019, Suh hasn’t missed a regular season game since 2011. Despite his age, Suh’s play has remained fairly consistent and remains a disruptive force. However, the Bucs went in a different direction this offseason, and now Suh finds himself looking for a suitor. He made it known today that he still wants to play, but like ESPN Adam Schefter reportedit won’t be in Tampa Bay.
Could the Raiders be the next step in Suh’s career? He mentioned on NFL Live that he had been in contact with a few Raiders players, in particular Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones. When pressed on the matter, Suh made it clear that the Raiders were definitely the right fit, which no doubt sent Raider Nation into a frenzy knowing he had a high opinion of their team.
Is Ndamukong Suh compatible with the Las Vegas Raiders?
Raiders lack inside pass
As it stands, the Raiders don’t have an inside player who is a proven pass thrower. Johnathan Hankins is one of the most consistent stoppers in the NFL, and his services have been retained this offseason. However, there isn’t much depth behind it which is a tried and true commodity. Between Hankins and Vernon Butler, the two managed no sacks last season. Yes, the team has rookies Neil Farrell and Matthew Butler in the works, but their inexperience should be a concern at the moment.
By comparison, Suh played 717 snaps in defense last season. He had 12 tackles for a loss and landed 13 QB hits. As for sacks, Suh recorded six. If you look at his entire run with the Bucs, there hasn’t been much of a drop in quality of play. The only exception is in 2019 where he only amassed two and a half sacks. He did, however, manage to reach that total in the following two seasons (2020 and 2021), posting 12 sacks. The days of being All-Pro are behind him, but Suh is definitely a short-term upgrade from what the Raiders have.
Ndamukong Suh is part of Patrick Graham’s defense
Not only does Suh have the production to become an instant starter, but he matches what Patrick Graham wants to do. The Raiders’ defensive coordinator scheme is multi-layered and versatile. In other words, he needs players who can play in multiple positions, and Suh can do that. He can play inside, taking one of the tackle points, or play as a defensive end, depending on the lineup.
Last year, as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, Graham had Austin Johnson on the inside. He physically compares himself to Suh; they are both 6ft 4in tall and weigh around 310+ pounds. Johnson recorded three and a half sacks with the Giants and was a disruptive force inside. Raiders fans should consider a similar impact from Suh. Line him up inside and let him maul the offensive lines.
Both can physically overpower linemen and have enough lateral movement to disrupt the pocket. Rumors are likely to heat up, and we could see a deal for Suh in July once NFL training camps begin, whether it’s with the Raiders or not is up to Dave Ziegler.
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