With the official start of the Rich Bisaccia era for the Las Vegas Raiders, the manager begins making some changes to the roster. We’ve already seen quarterback Kyle Sloter let go, and now the team is adding a few players. The Raiders announced that they will be using defensive back Tony Brown and offensive lineman Dan Skipper as part of the training team.
Brown is an interesting player right now because of his experience. He has played in 33 career games for the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals, including four starts. Brown played his college ball in Alabama and has incredible speed. In 2018, he ran a 4.35 40-yard run at the Combine. Notably, Brown spent a little time under the Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in 2018 on the regular season roster. He should be a little familiar with Bradley’s defense.
Skipper has been in the NFL since 2017 but has had limited success on the field. He has played in nine career games for the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions. He won’t be the Raiders’ solution if he tackles it right, but it does offer veteran depth. Sloter and defensive back Robert Jackson were the players laid off to make way for Skipper and Brown.
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The Raiders also announced that replacement quarterback Marcus Mariota is due to return after a brief stint in the Injured Reserve. Usually the return of a backup quarterback isn’t big news, but Las Vegas already had two injury fears with starter Derek Carr. Last week against the Chicago Bears, Nathan Peterman even had to bring in a few snapshots. There is no doubt that the Raiders would rather have Mariota than Peterman.
With Gruden gone, it’s hard to know if the team will try another Mariota package like we saw in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens who went 31 yards. That could be the boost in life that the offense needs right now. We just have to wait and see how creative offensive coordinator Greg Olson gets now as he leads the game.
Gruden’s departure came at the worst possible time for the team. The Raiders are 3-2 and one game away from the top of AFC West. Bisaccia now has the task of taking over a team that has enough talent to get into the playoffs. He has no head coaching experience, but is one of the most respected coaches on the team. In his first press conference as head coach of the Raiders, Bisaccia made it clear that the team must keep fighting.
“We have a good team,” said Bisaccia on Wednesday. “We have high expectations. We have high standards. … The road is bumpy; it’s not the end of the street. “
Gruden was the man in charge of the Raiders, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win without him. It’s time for the players to gather around Bisaccia and win some games.
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