Early prediction for the 2022 Raiders linebackers and secondary
- Trevon Moehrig
- Jonathan Abrams
- Duron Harmon
- Tyree Gillespie
Moehrig returns as a clear mainstay and top option at safety. Moehrig could have a breakout season where he may even potentially make the Pro Bowl. He has all the skills to be one of the best safeties in the league.
Coming into this offseason, Abrams’ job was on the hot seat and his 5th-year option was declined, but the Raiders only brought in Harmon to compete with him. Throughout minicamp, Abram has been working with the starters in a scheme that requires him to play deep, which we’ve seen him struggle with.
Harmon should push Abrams and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him play more on passing downs once Abrams’s limitations are seen by the new staff. Abrams is also coming off of his second season-ending shoulder injury in three years, so health is an issue and Harmon will have a chance.
Despite the Raiders made several significant moves on each side of the ball, some media experts expect them to actually be worse in 2022.
Gillespie makes the team as a former draft pick with an ability to play linebacker and special teams, beating out Dallin Leavitt, Rodric Teamer, and others, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Raiders elect to keep Teamer over Robertson on the back end.