The 2019 Oakland Raiders defensive line was under a great deal of pressure to improve on a terrible 2018 season. Let’s take a look at how the defensive tackles in particular fared.
Coming in to the season the defensive tackle group looked to be a position of strength for the Oakland Raiders. The headliners were the two members of the 2018 rookie class PJ Hall and Mo Hurst but there appeared to be some solid depth behind them in Jonathan Hankins and intriguing young rookie Anthony Rush.
Rush was a star of preseason and looked to be a great find as an undrafted free agent but he never suited up for the Raiders in the regular season and was signed off the practice squad by the injury-depleted Philadelphia Eagles. The Raiders even took a flier on Last Chance U Season 1 star Ronald Ollie but unfortunately for him the experiment didn’t last long and he was replaced quickly by Ethan Westbrooks.
As is expected for a position with such wear and tear as defensive tackle, the position group was a bit of a revolving door as the Raiders were active on the waiver wire to account for injuries or poor performance. Despite the many faces that were brought in and the injury troubles the Raiders faced, 2019 was a good year for the defensive tackles.