O-Line is fully aware of social media chatter
Las Vegas Raiders fans are no stranger to the social media accounts of their favorite team’s players. Whether it’s stories posted on Instagram by Josh Jacobs backfiring or heated debates on Twitter, this isn’t exactly the latest Raiders news. However, with training camp underway in Henderson, Brandon Parker talked about it, specifically, how it relates to the offensive line.
If there’s one unit that’s seen tons of coverage this offseason, it’s the O-line. There’s a good reason for that, as some fans feel nervous about the band. This is mainly due to the fact that no big names have been added through NFL free agency. Even though the Raiders brass did a solid job in the draft, picking up Dylan Parham in the third round. Fully aware of this, Parker commented on social media and its effects this offseason.
“It does. We see it and a lot of us are on social media. We try not to get affected, but there’s always that chip on our shoulder that we can be the top dogs.“
Is Brandon Parker addressing the situation correctly for the Raiders?
Parker would be doing himself a favor by not paying attention to Twitter or any other platform. The fact that these young players are taking the measure of what is being said certainly shows a change. 20 or even 10 years ago, gamers didn’t care about social media. This off-season, there are too many races at stake to both Parker and the rest of this unit be concerned about Raider Nation’s comments on Facebook.
“We type of have been the butt of jokes a bit, so we all kind of have that chip on our shoulder anyway. Andre not being drafted, John being in the third and Lester not being drafted. Kolton, kinda the same as me, hard start. We all try to be the best we can be. [As] I said, we’ve been the butt of a few jokes. We see it.
On the other hand, Parker admits all the outside noise gives him a chip on the shoulder. If that’s what it takes to motivate himself and be the best version of himself, so be it. You will hardly find any fans who dispute this. Ultimately, if this unit proves the doubters wrong, it doesn’t matter where or if they were drafted. Head Coach Josh McDaniels give them all a chance to competeso a little extra motivation never hurt anyone.
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