The Oakland Raiders will play the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. Here are five Raiders to watch play in the final preseason game versus Seattle.
The Oakland Raiders have one more preseason game left on the slate. They will host their former rival in the Seattle Seahawks for a 7:00 p.m. PT kickoff at the Coliseum on Thursday night. It will be a nationally televised game on The NFL Network.
With the dress rehearsal game out of the way, we shouldn’t expect to see many of the starters to play on Thursday night. If a roster spot is locked up for a guy, he will not likely play. This fourth preseason game is all about guys who will be making their cases for the handful of roster spots and practice squads positions that are up for grabs.
Thursday night will be a time for many of the Raiders’ promising rookies and young players to shine. Going against another well-coached team in Seattle should be a real treat in the final day of the preseason slate.
Here are five players on the Raiders that could end up being the ones to watch in this final preseason game. There are a lot to choose from, but these five offer great intrigue on what their roles will end up being with this team.
Linebacker, Tennessee Volunteers
Undrafted linebacker LaTroy Lewis has had a fine camp and preseason coming out of Tennessee. Being from general manager Reggie McKenzie‘s alma mater in Knoxville definitely helped get Lewis on the Raiders’ radar.
He is coming off a game where he found pay dirt on a fumble recovery versus the Dallas Cowboys. Raiders cornerback Antonio Hamilton came off the edge and was able to get Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush to cough of the football from behind.
Lewis had great awareness, hands and foot speed to take that turnover opportunity and add six points for the Silver and Black’s cause. That was definitely one of the best plays of the game for the Raiders. Once Lewis came down with the football, nobody was stopping him.
Lewis had another great game in the first preseason against the Arizona Cardinals where he had four tackles and two sacks. If he is able to jump off the screen like he did against Arizona and Dallas when the Seahawks come to town, it could go a long way in helping him carve out a role with this team.