The Oakland Raiders might be getting cornerback Gareon Conley sooner rather than later, or that’s what head coach Jack Del Rio thinks about the situation.
Monday, Monday. It’s time for the Black Hole Roll Call. While Saturday night was a bad one overall for your Oakland Raiders, it’s time to turn the page on that Arizona Cardinals preseason debacle and get ready for the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.
Head coach Jack Del Rio kind of sort of mentioned that first-round rookie cornerback Gareon Conley will be back in the fold before we know it. The former Ohio State Buckeyes standout hasn’t done much of anything for the Silver and Black since being the No. 24 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Two rookies that did have great debuts were linebacker LaTroy Lewis and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester in the pass rush. EJ Manuel didn’t put points on the board, but slung the pigskin around alright in his Raiders debut. If there was a bright spot in the lousy Raiders secondary, it was probably second-year safety Karl Joseph.
Here is some of the best news you might have missed on your Raiders from Sunday.
Del Rio hints at timing around Conley’s return – Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area
Conley hasn’t been a participant in Raiders camp for a few reasons, the most recent being shin splints. While Conley tweeted out that he was unaware of his own shin splints, Del Rio is confident that Conley will return for the Silver and Black here shortly. Could he play against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday? We’ll see.
While Saturday was not the result Raider Nation would have liked, it was still just the preseason. That being said, it seems that the Raiders have a pair of promising pass rushers in this rookie class: undrafted free agent linebacker Lewis out of Tennessee and seventh-round defensive tackle Hester out of Toledo. Both had a pair of sacks on the Cardinals on Saturday.
Manuel maintains lead – Jimmy Durkin of The Mercury News
In Durkin’s Raiders vs. Cardinals: What we learned from the exhibition opener, he points out that Manuel is still in front of Connor Cook on the Raiders quarterback depth chart. Cook may have had better success in getting the ground game going, but it was Manuel who was the more accurate passer against Arizona.
Karl Joseph the only one in Oakland Raiders secondary as advertised Saturday – Carl Cockerham of Silver and Black Pride
It was not a good night on Saturday for the Raiders secondary, but safety Joseph had his moments. He had a huge hit on Cardinals running back David Johnson and made a handful of great reads in coverage. If Joseph takes that second-year leap, he will make the Raiders defensive backfield exponentially better.