The Las Vegas Raiders eventually addressed their need for offensive tackles by adding Justin Herron in a trade with the New England Patriots. He’s unlikely to solve the team’s problems with the right tackle, but he won’t hurt. To make room for Herron, the team had to sack a player who was already in the roster.
The player who was released is cornerback Javelin Guidry, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Guidry was recently acquired by the Raiders when he was pulled from waivers after being sacked by the Arizona Cardinals. Based on Rapoport’s coverage, it sounds like the cornerback still has a future in Las Vegas if he clears waivers this time around. At 24, Guidry is still a young player so there is room for him to develop. He has elite athletic attributes, running a 4.29-40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine when he first came to the league. The Raiders can certainly work with that if they can get him back into the training squad. That means there could be interest from other teams, so there’s no guarantee Las Vegas can bring him back.
The Raiders played one of their best halves of football in years against the Cardinals in Week 2. Offense and defense played at a high level and after two quarters the team was 20:0 ahead. The second half was a different story as the Raiders ended up being edged 29-3 and losing in overtime. While there weren’t many bright spots from the game, the secondary held up well.
In fact, quarterback Kyler Murray had to foot many of the biggest plays in the game because he couldn’t find open receivers. The Athletic’s Tashan Reed was impressed with what he saw from the defenders, despite missing Tre’von Moehrig and cornerback Anthony Averett:
There’s plenty to blame for the Raiders’ 2-0 start, but it’s not all on defense. The pass rush wasn’t nearly as good as advertised, but they were able to contain some high-profile offenses. The Raiders’ defense actually did enough to win against the Cardinals in Week 2, but that’s debatable defensive hold call late in the fourth quarter allowed Arizona to tie the game.
The offensive has been a real disappointment so far. The team has yet to surpass 23 points in a game despite paying big bucks for Derek Carr, Davante Adams, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow this offseason. Defense should always be a work in progress while offense should carry the team. That wasn’t the case in two games.