With 90 days separating the Raiders and Los Angeles Rams from meeting up in Week 1 of the 2018 season, lets take a look at jersey No. 90 in Raiders history.
There are 90 days until the start of the 2018 NFL season for the Oakland Raiders, who come into the campaign looking to get to the top of the AFC West. They have made a bunch of moves to bolster the roster this offseason, including bringing back Jon Gruden to be their head coach.
In this series, we will look at the specific jersey number that corresponds with how many days are left before Week 1. We open up with No. 90, which was first worn back in 1979.
Who wore it in the past?
Defensive end Willie Jones was the first Raider to wear the No. 90, after being selected by the team in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft. Jones wore the number for three seasons, and since then, 11 others Raiders have donned it.
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The best to wear it is likely Grady Jackson, who was a solid defensive tackle for the team in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Others include Larry McCoy (1984), Mike Wise (1986-1990), Darryl Goodlow (1987), Kenyon Coleman (2002), Sean Gilbert (2003), Terdell Sands (2004-08), Desmond Bryant (2009-12), Pat Sims (2013-14), and Dan Williams (2015-16).
Who wears it now?
The No. 90 is currently worn by Treyvon Hester, a second-year defensive tackle out of Toledo. A seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2017, Hester racked up 19 tackles as a rookie last season, and forced a fumble. Hester appeared in 14 games, made one start, and is someone to keep an eye on this summer.
Hester is currently battling for a spot on the 53-man roster is a pretty crowded interior line on the defensive side of the ball. However, he could make the team based on the fact that Eddie Vanderdoes is coming back from and ACL injury, and since it happened in Week 17, he may not be ready for Week 1.
No. 90 outside of jersey numbers
The 1990 Los Angeles Raiders had one of the better regular seasons in team history, as they went 12-4 under the leadership of head coach Art Shell. In what would be Bo Jackson‘s last season with the team, the Raiders beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Jackson’s last game of his NFL career in the Divisional Round, as he blew out his hip in the team’s 20-10 win.
In the AFC title game, Los Angeles would get blown out by the Buffalo Bills by the score of 51-3, who would go on to lose to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV. One can only think about what that AFC Championship Game would have looked like with both Jackson and Marcus Allen at running back instead of just Allen.