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NFL Preseason: Is The Raiders’ Secondary In Trouble?

The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Miami Dolphins 15-13 this past weekend. Even if this is considered a meaningless game, there are several concerns for the team, even in a win. Skyler Thompson and Teddy Bridgewater, the opponent’s second and third-string quarterbacks, often took advantage of the Raiders’ secondary. It was clearly their biggest weakness last Saturday. Together, Thompson and Bridgewater threw for 248 yards and one touchdown against the Raiders’ defense.

It’s Just Preseason, Right?

As many fans watched the game this weekend, the secondary didn’t play as poorly as the stat sheet indicates, with up-and-coming players like Sam Webb forcing and recovering a fumble that should’ve been returned for a touchdown. Also, the secondary held their own until the second and third teams came onto the field, which once again shouldn’t be a reason to hit panic mode.

The secondary you see in the preseason will be different from what you see in week one, as will the defensive systems, mostly. This is essentially a teaser of what’s to come for the upcoming season. With the next round of roster cuts coming around, trust and believe the front office will find the right guys to fit the scheme, whether it be via trade or the free agent market.

Can fans trust this Raiders’ secondary?

Looking past this game and into the regular season, with players like Nate Hobbs, a returning Trayvon Mullen, Anthony Averett, Rock Ya-Sin, and Trevon Moehrig, this secondary will provide significant problems to anybody they face. Not to mention a young, hungry player in Sam Webb, who will add to the team’s already strong secondary.

Fans should simply relax and trust the front office and team to get the job done on game day. Based on how hard everyone is working in training camp, fans should expect tremendous results.

*Top Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

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