Raiders News: Raiders linebacker room about to be full
Linebacker Javin White has stood out at the Las Vegas Raiders’ last two training camps.
In 2020, most of the talk came from the coaching staff, but reports indicated he was playing well and exceeding expectations as an undrafted free agent. He went on to be part of the practice squad and was called up for three games and was primarily a member of the special squad.
Then White burst onto the scene this preseason as he placed eighth among linebackers with a cover rating of 88.3 PFF, and he was tied for most forced incomplete in the post despite a game of less than everyone else.
Sadly, August didn’t end well for the Oakland native as he suffered a knee injury that cut his preseason short and forced him to start the year in the injured reserve. .
The good news is Athleticism Tashan Reed tweeted a few injury updates, which included the news that White was working on the sidelines with the coaches.
So just Hankins absent for the #Raiders today (minus players on IR, of course). Will be important for a race defense that has already struggled if he can’t go.
Javin White (knee) was working out with a trainer on the side. Trayvon Mullen (foot) watched the practice.
– Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) October 15, 2021
While the Raiders have yet to nominate White to return, they still have plenty of time to do so and he has already been inactive for at least three weeks. So, all of this combined with his work on the field means the young linebacker could be set to return shortly.
It could mean tough decisions are being made for general manager Mike Mayock and newly appointed interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. Las Vegas currently has five linebackers on the roster, but just two, Denzel Perryman and Cory Littleton have recorded more than 120 shots in five games this season. In addition, defensive back Johnathan Abram also plays a lot in the box.
KJ Wright, Nick Kwiatkoski and Divine Deablo round out the group of positions and could be in the hot seat if Mayock and Bisaccia want to keep White on the 53 men.
I guess Deablo would be safe since he was a third-round pick this year and it would be an interesting decision to let a second linebacker draft go after Tanner Muse’s situation. This would leave Wright and Kwiatkoski on the chopping block unless Mayock and Bisaccia decide to subtract from another group of positions.
For what it’s worth, Wright played more and had a higher overall PPF rating than Kwiatkoski – 65.5 to 55.1. We’ll see how it all plays out, but the organization’s decision-makers certainly have some tough calls to take, especially since Nick Morrow could return as well.