Raiders news Rookie Divine Deablo and Malcolm Koonce played well
One of the highlights of the Las Vegas Raiders’ home loss to Washington football on Sunday was the play of third-round picks, linebacker Divine Deablo and defensive end Malcom Koonce.
Deablo has been primarily a member of the special team this season and Koonce only played this season on Sunday. Deablo was forced into action due to multiple linebacker injuries and Koonce has been active for the second time this season only due to a knee injury that prevented key save Carl Nassib.
Deablo made 11 tackles and Koonce sacked on one of his seven defensive snaps.
Raiders’ interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said this about the rookie’s timely play on Sunday:
“We think Divine comes to practice all the time and definitely gets a lot more reps from linebacker WILL. He was lucky enough to go over there and play for us for a little while, and we had a few injuries. We thought he had done a good job and he also kept his role in the (special) teams. It was good to see Malcolm finally get up there and have a chance to make a play and end up with a good job on the sack, and he also had some punt rushes. We’ll see what injuries do for us over the next few days of training. See who we end up dressing in the game. “
It will be interesting to see if Deablo and Koonce make their way into the defensive rotation down the home stretch. Bisaccia indicated that this could be based on health at the post. Injured linebackers and Nassib all have a chance to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bisaccia said.
In addition, neither the linebacker nor the defensive end has been a necessary position this season. Thus, it may be difficult for Deablo and Koonce to enter the pitch in 2021, except for reasons of injury. But they both put on a solid show on tape to push for bigger roles in 2022.