Weakness: Defensive End
The surprise, Williams lined up at defensive end in the 4-3 looks for some early downs versus Tennessee. Wiliams at defensive end makes sense for the Raiders in 3-4 looks. His stout base and hands should eat up blocks like he did for years in Arizona.
However, he is not the type of pass rusher the Raiders need in the 4-3 defense.
As an entire team, the Raiders have only registered five sacks in three preseason games. This should not alarm anyone as the best two pass rushers Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin have not played a ton together, especially in the first two games. Nonetheless, the Silver and Black need someone to step up on the edge.
Last season, Denico Autry filled in well for Edwards. This offseason, Autry dealt with his own injury concerns. Hopefully, he can return to that level.
Otherwise, rookie Shilique Calhoun played mostly defensive end in college. He is listed at linebacker, but he could put his hand on the ground more.
Either way, Edwards may not be a reliable option with two concerning injuries in just as many seasons. Plus, no one knows if Aldon Smith will actually play this season due to his off-the-field struggles.