Las Vegas Raiders fans got bad news recently as their team prepares to commence training camp tomorrow. It appears the Silver and Black will be without a pair of young up-and-coming defenders to begin camp.
NFL training camp is here and with it, comes a renewed sense of hope for Raider Nation. The biggest change for Las Vegas was arguably the decision to bring in Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator. Considering how terrible the Raiders defense was under Paul Guenther, the ceiling is relatively low for Bradley. Luckily for the coach, the team injected his unit with lots of versatile youth this offseason. Unfortunately, a few bodies will miss the camp’s opening, certainly not the start these players wanted.
Who’s out for the Raiders?
Just days after officially signing with the Raiders, third-round choice Divine Deablo was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. The safety/linebacker hybrid was a devastating tackler in college totaling 117 solo tackles. Possessing the natural ability to line up anywhere on a defensive backfield, his versatility will be of much use under Bradley once he’s ready to go.
Darius Stills, an undrafted rookie, has plenty of promise coming out of West Virginia. Nevertheless, it will be hard to make the team if he can’t get on the field after being placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. Luckily, it’s not all bad news coming out of Henderson. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he’s been told that whatever is wrong with Stills, it is ‘minor.’
Considering that Bradley is installing a new system, it’ll be important for everyone to be ready to go. However, these things happen every year. For Stills, getting back on the field will be crucial if he hopes to have any sort of impact this year.
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