Raiders Preseason

Raiders Training Camp: How Will The Linebackers Take Shape?

Raiders training camp: Recapping what this LB group looks like

We’ll start with Denzel Perryman. The true leader of the group was a 2021 Pro Bowler with 154 tackles. He was an absolute menace in the run game. He could be a bit of a liability when it came to coverage, but on first and second down, it was almost a surprise to not see him in on the play. Matched with a scheme that has more diversity in its playcalling, Perryman should be able to chase a second consecutive Pro Bowl.

Stepping in from Tennessee, Jayon Brown was a key cog in the Titans’ defense. He has had some injury woes over the past few years. However, when he is on the grass, he can really do it all. He racked up six sacks in 2018, according to ESPN, and has had an interception every year since. Contrary to Perryman, Brown is a stud in coverage too. According to Pro Football Focus, he has had solid grades in coverage since his debut in 2017. Expect him to keep up his good work in September.

What about Divine Deablo?

Then there’s Divine Deablo. He was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2021, and although he had limited action, he showed huge upside. Deablo racked up 38 tackles over the last five contests, according to ESPN, so he should be ready to take a leap forward. His versatility in the run and passing game is something that is vital in today’s game. He was a safety all through high school and college, so coverage was a huge strength of his. He pairs that with a tough-nosed, hat on the ball mentality at the line of scrimmage. This season and in the coming years, Raider Nation should be excited about him.

Next: So, Who Wins What This Year?

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