The preseason is full and the cuts are coming fast and furious to get from 90 players to 53. Many of the cuts have already been reported and others will come shortly after the publication of this article. Others will happen after the initial claims of a waiver of 53 and
were made, regardless of whether the players have made the Raiders roster, they are not just an audition for the Raiders in this game. They tried to put something positive in the other 31 teams as well. Here are those who did well for themselves and those who did not.
Coming out of the shadows was Mac Brown. He is the lowest man on the totem pole throughout camp and preseason and appeared to play Thursday night in Seattle. It was too little for him to make the Raiders race, but he came out with a bang.
What he put on tape for other teams was 79 yards rushing on 1
In the second quarter, Brown began driving with an 18-yard run that ended with a missed field goal.
In the third quarter, the Raiders were finally able to convert a score to Brown's running backward run. That drive he had a 6-yard run on third and one followed by a 6-yard catch to create a chip shot field goal. Then in the beginning of the 4th, he had his longest run, which lasted 22 yards.
Remember last season when Hatcher caught three passes in a game? This also happened against Seattle. At that speed, the Seahawks have to take it. Hecher leveled for the team lead with 6 catches for 54 yards.
When the Raiders opened, he threw a pass to the right-hand apartment of 4th and 3rd, who went for 15 yards to put up a 43-yard field. The next run of the 3rd and one, he caught a swing for ten yards, which put the Raiders in the first and a goal in the top ten.
In the second quarter, again on the third down, he put 11 yards down the right at the first down marker, but had to dig a low pass right on the sticks but within the range of a 42-yard field goal attempt. The next drive, he again was the target of the third down, this time it went to 17. Later in the drive, the Raiders were again third and downwards Piterman looked at Hutch, who caught 11-yard. Seattle was flagged for rough play, half from distance to goal and ultimately settled for another field goal of the half.
Again, that performance wasn't enough to earn him a spot, but it earned him a spot on the Raiders practice squad last season and he needs to win a spot with either the Raiders or someone else, too. Seattle maybe?
Ethan Westbrooks, Josh Mauro
The starting defensive ends for this game. Neither are the fast speeds around the edge you usually have there, but they are the best the Raiders have to offer, so they got started and made the most of it.
Mauro had his first defense game, filling a running game in one yard. He was pressured to start the next possession, which led to the completion. The next possession he had another job without winning. Then, for the third consecutive possession, he received starters with no profit. This time Westbrooks adjusted it by entering the backfield.
On two drives in the third quarter, Westbrooks hit the ball on the line and fired the quarterback. He added a run in the fourth quarter.
Mauro played only because he had missed time with a knee injury. He should play like this as a projected starter. Westbrooks was cut short on Saturday, although he played well in the preseason. He was simply crowded. The veteran should have no problem finding a job again.
Wilber is not a beginner, but is the captain of special teams for veterans. What he had to do was show that he could get involved in a game with good defense if called upon. He has also missed time with a concussion and needs work before the season starts. He got a good job.
In the second possession of the game for the Seahwawks, Wilber had good coverage to make it incomplete and filled the running of consecutive games to help get to the top three and out. He then completed the next drive of the Seahawks with a sack on a blitz in the middle, which resulted in a 13-yard loss and a fourth-and-26 points.
He will also add running as well as finish second to the team in equipment (5). He even had a dedicated team that did best.
He averaged 48.6 yards per punt with 47.6 yards net and 2 touchdowns in the 20s. That includes a 61-yard punt. Another good day for the rookie. Even a passing Johnny Townsend substitute would be welcome. Getting the kind of booms and fantastic guns they get from Cole is much more.
Last week was a nightmare for Nelson. He was completely tormented by counter-attacking again and again. This week I did not see him give up the catch, although he played every moment in defense. I'm not even sure he was aiming. Could it be enough showing for the fourth round of 2018 to return to the good graces of his coaches?