Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals: 3 players to watch
Anthony Rush is a name that the Raiders will take a closer look at after bursting onto the scene in the preseason home opener. Rush was newly brought in by the Raiders, as he signed his contract ten days before the team’s first game.
Rush enters a training camp battle at defensive tackle, where he showed flashes of being an impact player in run stuffing and applying pass rush on the opposition. Despite having zero NFL experience, spending last year at the University of Alabama Birmingham, his production jumped off the field as someone to keep an eye on throughout the remainder of the preseason.
Rush recorded three solo tackles, and generated an enormous amount of push for the defensive line. He was often double teamed by the Rams in order to contain the 6’5″ 350-pound rookie from attacking the ball carrier.
He’ll get even more opportunities in the coming weeks of the preseason to show that he belongs. Throughout camp, the Raiders have released Ronald Ollie, and have put Eddie Vanderdoes on the shelf after suffering a concussion, allowing room for another interior defensive lineman to show their ability. Rush has done just that during his small amount of time within the Raiders organization, and he’s a key player to take a closer look at on Thursday’s game against the Cardinals.