After months of anticipation, the Las Vegas Raiders will finally take the field again on Saturday. Of course, it will only be an exhibition game but it’s a game nonetheless. Here are three things to watch for on offense this weekend.
How long will the Raiders’ starters play?
With just three preseason games this season, most NFL teams will be deploying the starters for longer than usual in the first game. For the Raiders, this means getting to see the team’s first-round pick, Alex Leatherwood, for the first time. As such, he may stay in the game longer than the rest of the starters. In all likelihood, Derek Carr and co. will get most of the first quarter. While fans will be aching for more, this game is all about keeping guys healthy.
Will TE Darren Waller be present?
One of the most puzzling stories of the offseason is Darren Waller’s absence from training camp. The Raiders have been very quiet about what the reasoning is, with many speculating an injury or a contract dispute. Jon Gruden had this to say several days ago, ‘I think he’s gonna be ok. We’re being very careful with him. He’s working out with the trainers.‘ These comments certainly lead many to believe it’s an injury, so it is highly doubtful he will be on the field Saturday. However, just seeing Waller around the team should make Raiders fans feel much better.
How will WR Bryan Edwards look?
Much like last season, Bryan Edwards is the story of the summer. As videos of his big plays get Tweeted on a daily basis, the hype only rises. However, as we saw last season, this hype does not always translate to the field. While the Raiders certainly won’t unleash the entirety of the offense in the preseason, getting Edwards a touchdown Saturday could send Raider Nation into a frenzy.
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