It’s game day, Raider Nation.
If you’re a teacher , you’re excited to work out the team you’re fielding in 2022. If you’re a player, you can’t wait to urge back on the field and play football. for everybody else, we’re simply excited that Raiders’ football is finally back.
While many guaranteed starters are sitting out tonight, there’ll still be plenty of players fighting for [starting] jobs taking the field against Jacksonville. Players like Alex Leatherwood, who earned the proper tackle job in the first preseason game, will take center stage during this contest. That said, there are still plenty of Raiders that all eyes will be on in tonight’s game – the HOF Game.
Among those players are rookies fighting for giant roles with the team, as they appear to prove they’re ready to make an immediate impact with the Silver and Black.
1. Guard: Dylan Parham
Parham was drafted within the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, being the offensive lineman the Raiders thought was a far better player than any on the board.
Currently, the 22-year-old guard finds himself on the surface looking in when it comes to the starting offensive line. At right guard, Lester Cotton has virtually cemented his place as a starter -Although a poor preseason outing can change that – and John Simpson is currently the team’s left guard – the HOF Game.
Parham is fighting to overtake Simpson on the left side.
The Raiders’ rookie offensive lineman has impressed his coaches up to the present point. Las Vegas has thrown him everywhere on the offensive line, and he’s been ready to adapt and hold his own.
Earlier within the week, Eric Allen interviewed Dylan Parham to speak about the Memphis lineman’s experience through camp and how he’s handling the transition to the NFL.
The battle for left guard remains on, and while Simpson won the work going into the first preseason game, Parham is breathing down his neck. The spot is wide open, and Parham will look to secure it through the preseason – the HOF Game.
2. Linebacker: Darien Butler
Butler has been nothing in need of outstanding throughout camp.
Not only did the undrafted free agent snag the primary interception of training camp, but he was ready to work his way up to running with the first-team defense – And took full advantage of that. When twiddling with the first-team D, Butler laid successful on running back Brittain Brown that woke everyone up – the HOF Game.
The Arizona State linebacker was a jack-of-all-trades in college and has continued showing off his big variety of skills through camp. During his senior year at ASU, Butler was the no.1 ranked linebacker in coverage altogether of Pac-12 and recorded the second-most tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the division – the HOF Game.
Currently, Butler is listed because the first rotational inside linebacker, taking Micah Kiser’s place after Kiser suffered a season-ending injury.
3. Defensive tackle: Matthew Butler
We just got done talking a few Butler on defense, and the way he’s climbed his way up the depth chart, now poised to be an important part of the linebacker rotation if he keeps up the good work. Matthew Butler, on the opposite hand, is sinking on the depth chart.
The Raiders drafted [Matthew] Butler within the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, only one round after selecting defensive tackle Neil Farrell.
Currently, Butler finds himself on the underside of the depth chart when it comes to the team’s defensive tackles.
If this is often any indication of how things are shaping up, Butler is in real danger of not making the roster. As is, there are 9 DTs rostered, and therefore the Raiders fifth-round pick is at the bottom.
If there’s a bright side here, rookie back Zamir White landed as the RB5 on the Raiders’ first depth chart of the ’22 season. the great news is it’s hard to imagine White doesn’t make the roster, yet he’s still so low on the rotation. If there’s a trend here – the HOF Game, it’s going to mean there isn’t much for Butler to worry about despite being so low on the chart, as long because the rookie delivers.