Raiders Roundup: Conley to miss a couple weeks due to hip

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder /

We are not even a week into the 2018 Oakland Raiders training camp and the team is already dealing with an injured Gareon Conley.

The hope for the Oakland Raiders was that Gareon Conley would turn into a superstar cornerback this season, after missing nearly all of last season with a shin injury. However, he injured his hip on the first day of training camp, and is now expected to miss a couple weeks.

It is a pretty big blow early in camp for this Raiders defense, which already missing star defensive end Khalil Mack. Conley was supposed to lead the cornerback group in Oakland in 2018, but now free agent signing Rashaan Melvin will have to step up as the CB1 for the time being.

Irvin taking leadership role on D

With Mack not in camp, fellow defensive end Bruce Irvin has taken it upon him self to step up and be the leader of this defense. He has meshed perfectly with the new coaching staff, and seems to have made a pretty seamless transition from outside linebacker to full-time edge rusher so far this summer.

Bye Bye Vadal

There has been no sign of offensive lineman Vadal Alexander through the first couple of days of training camp, and do not expect to see him anytime soon either. Head coach Jon Gruden said the team will move on from him as per Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area.

The rookie looks good kicking the ball

It was Eddy Pineiro’s turn to do the kicking on Monday, and he really impressed as he kicked the ball through narrowed uprights. Matt Schneidman from the Mercury News was kind enough to tweet out his stats kicking through the modified posts.

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Hall and Vanderdoes returning this week

With the Raiders scheduled for an off-day on Tuesday, the plan is get two of their defensive tackles back in the mix later in the week. Both P.J. Hall and Eddie Vanderdoes are expected back as per Michael Gehlken of  the Las Vegas Review-Journal, so it will be interesting to see the competition ramp up in the middle of this Raiders defensive line.