The Las Vegas Raiders lack many things on defense so why wouldn’t they address all of those deficiencies with one player? We’re talking about J.J. Watt of course.
A surefire Hall of Famer, Watt finds himself without a home for the first time with the Houston Texans moving on this offseason. The Raiders, on the other hand, need help across the board defensively. Their defensive line needs serious attention with such lowly sack production and overall lack of interior pressure.
Another issue with the Silver and Black is the lack of leadership and experience along that defensive front. It wasn’t that long ago, it was reported the Raiders are without much accountability. If it’s accountability the Raiders need, Watt will certainly provide that. This is the same player that apologized to quarterback Deshaun Watson, acknowledging that the Texans organization was wasting his career.
Watt would still be an upgrade for the Raiders
From a statistical standpoint, Watt can still bring the heat even if he only tallied five sacks. In fact, Watt’s Pro Football Focus pass-rushing grades certainly indicate he’s still effective. Though there are age concerns, said grade dipped from 90.3 to 76.6 in just one year. His pressures have also dipped these past three seasons, totaling each year as follows: 60, 24, and 29, respectively.
Despite slowing down, Watt could see a renaissance as a pass-rushing edge in Gus Bradley’s defense. If the Raiders could assemble a potent interior defensive line duo, Watt could be the perfect compliment on the outside, possibly splitting snaps with Maxx Crosby. While the money certainly has to be right, this is a move the Raiders have to consider if they’re serious about a playoff trip in 2021.
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