With the Las Vegas Raiders having quickly settled into camp, adding and removing a number of guys to improve the team will become the norm. The notion that nobody is safe certainly stresses the notion of hard work. No one’s accusing Tyree Gillespie of not working hard, but he could turn out to be the odd man out for a couple of reasons. Will the 2021 fourth-round pick make it to the final roster?
While it is too early to make this assumption, it may be clear who the front office sees as the guys they want to move forward with. For example, Nate Hobbs, Divine Deablo, and Trevon Moehrig have made an impression on the coaching staff already. More than likely, they’ve already carved out a niche for themselves.
When you look at the other players the previous regime drafted, such as Alex Leatherwood, Malcolm Koonce, and Gillespie, it’s evident that they are still finding their right fit in the squad. A lot of it has to do with the notion of competition that head coach Josh McDaniels has instilled. Each player is getting consistently pushed by another and is obviously under pressure to perform. In many ways, though, it boils down to who wasn’t hungrier for that spot, couldn’t handle the playbook, or simply got replaced by someone who wanted it more than you did. With that being said, you can start to see why Gillespie might be out of luck. More so with the depth that suddenly fills his position as well.
Will Tyree Gillespie make the final Raiders roster?
Personally speaking, the biggest reason Gillespie could become the odd man out is that the team has a lot of depth. Specifically, at safety, with guys like Roderic Teamer, Duron Harmon, and Matthias Farley.
They could apply pressure and drive him down the depth chart or perhaps off the team. Then there are ambitious undrafted free agents like Qwynnterrio Cole, who have a lot to show the front office. In Gillespie’s defense, he was a late scratch during a lot of last year’s games. Essentially, we never got a chance to see what he could do on the field. Nevertheless, under this new regime, Gillespie just may not be the right fit for them.
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