The former 2016 third round draft pick has not lived up to expectations. During his time with the Raiders Shilique Calhoun has experienced many setbacks including landing on injured reserve with a season ending knee injury in 2017, that led to him being waived by the team.
Calhoun was given a second chance in March when the Raiders re-signed him. Now, after a strong training camp and impressive start to the preseason Calhoun has positioned himself to earn a roster spot.
Through the first two weeks of preseason Calhoun has been arguably one of the best players for the Raiders. Yes, I know many of the starters have barely played. Still, it’s encouraging for a guy many had written off, to be making some plays.
In this clip Calhoun demonstrates his ability to pass rush. Although he does not make the play he is deserving of the assist that led to rookie Mo Hurst first sack. The pressure off the edge that Calhoun applies forces the quarterback to step up allowing Hurst to finish the play.
Calhoun’s ability to contribute on special teams as well as a rotational pass rusher could be enough for him to make the team.