Las Vegas Raiders: 2021 53-man roster prediction after preseason Game No. 1
- SS: Johnathan Abram, Karl Joseph, Tyreese Gillespie
- FS: Trevon Moehrig
One of the biggest pluses from the game this past weekend was that Johnathan Abram and Trevon Moehrig both got some reps as the starting safety. This was important for both of them, as it gave both players the chance to adapt to their new roles with the team.
Abram will be playing as a box safety this season, which allows him to play tighter to the line of scrimmage and gives him more freedom to make a big tackle. Essentially, it fits his playstyle much better than the way he was used last year.
In the first preseason game, it showed.
Abram looked much more comfortable on the field, and he seemed to have a bit more confidence. If he continues to get a lot of preseason snaps, then he should be ready to go when the season starts against the Baltimore Ravens.
As for Moehrig, he has the chance to get his rookie mistakes out of the way now. If he messes up a play here or there during the preseason, it’s no big deal. These games don’t count. Experiencing those mistakes is all a part of his growth as a player, and they’ll prepare him for the starting safety role he’ll be expected to take on in week one.