The defensive line for the Las Vegas Raiders could use a boost moving forward, and fans believe maybe Quinnen Williams could provide it.
Defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby have come into their own here in 2020. Both of these sophomores are getting after opposing quarterbacks. In fact, Ferrell had one of his best games as a pro against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. Unfortunately, the Raiders need to reinforce their defensive line this year if they hope to make noise. Maliek Collins has disappointed after much ado in the offseason, he was supposed to flourish under defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. Maurice Hurst has had health concerns thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, though he could still be a factor in 2020.
Overall, the defensive line would benefit from some help so at the Raider Ramble we took the case to the people. On Twitter, we posed the question of who would they target if the Raiders were to realistically make a trade. The common response was current New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Fans Believe Raiders Should Target Williams
Ok #RaiderNation we want to hear from you today on some topics, first, if the team were to realistically trade for someone, who should they target? GO!.. ✍️
— RaiderRamble.com™ (@TheRaiderRamble) October 17, 2020
Adding Williams as fans suggested could be huge for the Raiders given the current state of affairs. In New York, Williams has accounted for 122 pass-rush snaps, an amount the Las Vegas could surely use. Williams has two sacks and one forced fumble to his name while he has seven tackles for a loss in his two-year career. Pro Football Focus currently grades his pass-rush at 66.1 while his run-defense grades out at 69.2 in 2020.
Obviously, fans don’t have a crystal ball any more than we do, but no one can deny the Raiders need reinforcements. Of course, this could change if Collins suddenly turns the corner and Hurst gets more snaps if he returns. For now, we will keep an eye on how things unfold with the NFL trade deadline quickly approaching.
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