The Raiders and Khalil Mack appear to be in a standstill with the team reluctant to offer him a massive new deal. If Oakland decides to trade Mack, it’ll turn an area of weakness into a complete wasteland.
During the 2017 season, the Raiders were tied for last in DVOA (with Green Bay) on defense when they didn’t get pressure, according to Football Outsiders Almanac (a 474-page piece of statistical literature which is definitely worth buying).
Subtract Mack from the equation and the team’s pass rush could be one of the worst units in all of football.
Here’s more from the Bay Area:
- Oakland defense took a step backward in 2017, though it was able to improve at preventing yards after the catch. The Raiders allowed 5.0 YAC (14th in the league) last season after being dead last in 2016 with average YAC allowed of 5.7.
- Derek Carr and the first team played just one series during the team’s first preseason game. Carr went 2-for-4, tossing two targets to Jordy Nelson, one to Griff Whalen, and a missed aerial bomb to Martavis Bryant.
- Marshawn Lynch looked explosive, running for a 60-yard touchdown on a play that was called back because of a hold on rookie Kolton Miller.
- SB Nation examined Miller’s debut and found that he did well in pass protection due to his solid technique. Miller played with both the first and second units.