Las Vegas Raiders: Answering some defensive questions in 2021
Who will lead the team in tackles?
The strength of the Raiders’ defense will be in the front seven this season. Cory Littleton is a player that has been getting a lot of attention in camp and competition only makes the players better, so maybe he can be the player the Raiders were hoping he would be when he was the top free-agent signing last year.
Last season, Littleton had 42 tackles but wasn’t on the field as much as he will be this year. Largely a Nickel linebacker, Littleton often plays on in the Will position making giving him more coverage plays rather than natural run defense plays.
This season, however, the Raiders have Gus Bradley as their coordinator. Bradley focuses on linebackers playing sideline to sideline and the coverage players taking more of an active role in the Cover-3 scheme.
Not to mention, Bradley loves blitzing the safety’s and also pulling the safety back in the box to help in run defense giving them an extra defender to jam up the offensive linemen.
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Cory Littleton is very fast and is a perfect fit to explode on the scene in the Gus Bradley defense, and I believe he will lead the team in tackles this season.