Las Vegas Raiders 2021 Training Camp: The Clelin Ferrell conundrum
What can Ferrell do to avoid being labeled a bust?
Simply put, Clelin Ferrell has to generate more pressures and sacks in 2021.
In 26 games played over the course of two seasons, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell has only generated 6.5 sacks. However, sacks are not everything, and towards the end of the 2020 regular season, Ferrell started to turn the corner in terms of generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Performances akin to that against quality New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton will only help his confidence moving forward. Some may say his task to learn multiple positions along the defensive front is a detriment.
However, for Clelin, he should look at it as a golden opportunity to work his craft against numerous types of offensive linemen, and the time is now for him to be an impact player for this Raiders defense.
It seems as if the Las Vegas Raiders will allow Clelin Ferrell to make a difference as a pass rusher from the 3-technique position on passing downs this season. While this may seem like a limited role at first, it is a prime window of opportunity for him to prove why he was worth the top 5 draft selection.
The Silver and Black desperately need their front 4 to generate pressure in the new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s Cover 3 scheme. For Clelin, he should produce with a new and improved Raider defensive line rotation after this offseason.
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The former Clemson Tiger dominated at the collegiate level based on his work ethic and the abilities of those around him. With an improved supporting cast heading into 2021, look for Ferrell to establish himself as an impact player for Las Vegas this season and for future years to come.