Johnathan Abram Raiders

Raiders’ Johnathan Abram: The Good, The Bad, But Will He Back?

The Las Vegas Raiders’ high-energy third-year player, Johnathan Abram, had his season end back in Week 15. His play in the last game makes the injury that much more painful, as he may have played the best he had all season. Abram has been a polarizing player for the team since being drafted, and now with another injury, many will wonder if he should be brought back or let go following the season. Should he be let go or brought back? Let’s take a look.

The Bad

Abram has only played 28 of a possible 49 games at this point. Having durability issues so early in his career is a bad look. Abram has a lot of energy and passion for the game, but his play has sparked a lot of ire. In his first career game, he flashed, but his reckless style caused him to have a season-ending injury. Last season, in the second game, he took a spill into the sideline camera but was able to get up and play, a close that surely scared fans. His play continues to be questionable, as he has been beaten multiple times this season. Derek Carr is often seen as the most polarizing Raiders player, but Abram makes a case for being number two. His coverage leaves a lot to be desired, and at this point, he might be a long-term liability. Obviously, Raider Nation is a passionate bunch, and many want him gone.

The Good

Abram brings energy, passion, and love for the game. He is well-liked by his teammates and has shown this season that he can diagnose both run and trick plays. He’s made multiple plays in the backfield and has had his fair share of key stops. He has 116 total tackles this season, good for second on the team, and he has played his best games, making key stops against the Browns before being injured. Abram wanted to play through, but was shut down by the doctors and was told to shut it down. No one can question the man’s toughness, but it takes more than that to be a great NFL safety.

Will he be back?

Abram has been a player that has drawn criticism and sparked feelings of joy with his hits, but will he be kept next season? Abram is set to earn nearly $8 million next season, and given his ups and downs, many wonder if he should be brought back. The way this year ended, maybe the Raiders should give him one more chance to show once and for all that he is worth the first-round pick.

What are your thoughts, Raider Nation? Bring Abram back for another year or let him go?

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