Raiders 2020: Expectations for Johnathan Abram

Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram doesn’t know how to pronounce salmon. That was the highlight for the 2019 first round pick after he suffered a season ending injury in the first game back in 2019.

Although Abram didn’t see the field pretty much the whole year, his impact was felt in the quarter he played against the Broncos. Selected with the 27th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, they Raiders expected him to start at one safety spot but ended on injury reserve after he had a procedure done on his turn rotator cuff.

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Entering 2020, the Raiders hope Abram is at full strength. After sitting out and watching from the bench in his rookie year, he should have a feel for the game from a different angle. He is very smart and is ready to compete for a starting job in the Raiders secondary. With the signings of Jeff Heath and Damarious Randall in free agency and incumbent Erik Harris still on the roster, Abram might have a hard time seeing playing time, which in itself wouldn’t be bad for the defense, but would spell trouble for the sophomore.

The Raiders have a crowded secondary, but Abram will be able to take over one of the starting safety jobs if he can channel his hard-hitting ways while showing enough composure to tap the potential that made him a first-round pick.

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