Raiders news: Malcolm Koonce has a chance to develop in 2022
The Raiders’ new front seven will inevitably focus on outgoing star Maxx Crosby and free agent addition Chandler Jones. Crosby and Jones are an elite duo and should be among the best in the NFL. Both players did the Pro-Bowl in 2021. Crosby had eight sacks and led the NFL in pressures in 2021, while Jones had 10.5 sacks last season.
They should be formidable in 2022 for Las Vegas.
However, let’s not forget sophomore Malcolm Koonce. The 2021 third-round pick has a chance to really benefit from both Crosby and Jones’ presence, but from switching to Las Vegas defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s new system.
While it remains to be seen whether Koonce is perfect for Graham’s scheme, Graham surely has a lot to work with with the 6-2, 250-pound specimen. Koonce had an interesting rookie season after being a third-round pick from Buffalo. He was inactive for most of the season and only played five games. Still, he occasionally flashed and had two bags.
The Raiders didn’t have to rush Koonce due to the presence of Crosby and Jones. But with the release of fellow back-up Carl Nassib, Koonce has a chance to become a strong rotational passer and setting him up is a big part of Graham’s role. The tema also signed Kyler Fackrell, who had 10.5 sacks in 2018 with Graham as position coach at Green Bay. He’s had eight sacks in three seasons since,
If Koonce can become a consistent rotational player in 2022, the Raiders’ passer arsenal can be devastating. It’s a great situation for Koonce.