This has been a puzzling offseason for the Las Vegas Raiders. The team’s brass has made a few questionable decisions. On the other hand, they have had a couple of hits. Re-signing linebacker Nicholas Morrow is one of them.
This Las Vegas team is re-signing Morrow, per Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio. After going undrafted in 2017, he signed with the Raiders and made the 53-man roster. Although he was a non-factor early in his career, he steadily saw his role increase in 2020, appearing in 14 games, with 11 starts, and logging 78 total tackles (eight for a loss), three sacks, nine passes defensed and one interception.
Morrow has registered 254 total tackles (20 for a loss), and four sacks. Moreover, he’s tallied two forced fumbles, 20 passes defensed and two interceptions. He hadn’t been particularly consistent until last year. However, he made the most out of his chance when starters Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton went down with injuries. Heading into the 2021 season, the Raiders linebacker corps looks like a strength.
How important was keeping Nicholas Morrow for the Raiders?
If you are in are into plot twists, you must be loving the offseason the Raiders are having. There’s no doubt there have been a few positive positives, such as signing defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Nevertheless, the negatives, such as releasing center Rodney Hudson, outweigh the positives.
Thus, the decision to re-sign Morrow was a ray of light in what’s been a hectic offseason. The Raiders haven’t been very successful at acquiring talent in recent years. However, he has been a hidden gem and the team is making the right decision by keeping him. The team showed patience and the linebacker steadily worked his way up on the depth chart.
Although bringing back the Greenville product won’t make up for the other losses, it’s certainly a move in the right direction. As important as keeping Morrow was, the Raiders have their cut out if they want to have their first winning season their second winning season in the last 17 years.
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