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Veteran Raiders DB from last season retires at 27

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The Las Vegas Raiders have recently been hit by a string of eliminations from last year’s roster. It started with veteran offensive guard Richie Incognito, followed by Denzelle Good and linebacker KJ Wright. The retirements didn’t stop there.

Defensive defender Kavon Frazier announced his retirement on Twitter.

Frazier, just 27, bounced around in the NFL throughout his career. He was a Dallas Cowboys sixth-round pick in 2016 and lasted four seasons with the team. He also saw time with the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. Last season, he joined the Raiders late in the season. He played in one game with the team but didn’t record any stats. Las Vegas signed him to a reserve/future contract after the season, but canceled it before camp.

Frazier is still a young player, so the door remains open for a return if he decides to continue playing. The defender recorded 73 combined tackles in his career.

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Safety will be one of the key positions to look out for in training camp. 2021 second-round pick Tre’von Moehrig is a stud and should be one of the starting safes for a long time to come. 2019 first-round pick Johnathan Abram has had a successful career. He’s been struggling with coverage and dealing with injury issues.

Despite struggling early in his career, new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has brought Abram plenty of first-team snaps at training camp. However, he was asked to do much more than former defense coordinator Gus Bradley asked of him. Abram accepts the changes.

“You can’t cheat the process,” Abram said Sunday. “I do what’s good for me: take notes, write things down, watch the movie, make note cards, whatever helps me study best.”

Abram has had an uphill battle this offseason. He ended up on injured reserve last year and the Raiders turned down his fifth-year option. This is his last chance to prove he deserves to be part of the future team. He proved early on in training camp that he could be ready to make a jump.

Graham was quite impressed with Abram.

“Johnathan is one of those guys who can handle a bunch,” Graham said on July 23. “I mean, he’s a really smart football player. He is working on it; he works really hard. He has great ability. …And this is what I know about Johnathan: He’s willing to do anything we ask. I mean, he gets here early (and) stays late. He brings men together. I was really very happy with Johnathan. … He’s just a really good footballer who works hard at his craft and is willing to do anything for the team.”

Abram has all the tools to be a great player. He’s always been impressive in training but struggles during games. He must prove quickly that he can fix his reporting problems or Graham will have to bench him when it comes to passing.

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