Raiders 16, Lions 10: 3 studs, 3 duds
OAKLAND — We know everyone loves jumping to far-fetched conclusions after one preseason game, but let’s just highlight a couple top performers and a couple underachievers from Friday night’s action at the Coliseum for now.
The Raiders won, 16-10, and most of their starters only played one series. Now is the time for guys to state their claim for the 53-man roster, and some did just that while while others failed to seize their chance.
Here are three “studs” and three “duds” from Oakland’s first exhibition.
Chris Warren – The undrafted rookie running back faces an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster with a cluster of backs in front of him. Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington currently sit ahead of the former Texas Longhorn, but Friday the rookie stated a convincing case to jump one, if not two of his elders. Warren ran for 86 yards on 13 carries (6.6 yards per carry) and ran seven more times than Washington, the second-most-used back.
Warren not only lowered his head between the tackles, but his 6-foot-2, 246-pound frame maneuvered around the edge swiftly, too. Warren gained attention earlier this week for lowering his pads on 2017 first-round linebacker Jarrad Davis in joint practice, sending the Lions starter flying backward. Asked about the practice highlight after Friday’s game, Warren cited the “24-hour rule” of relishing in the play for a day before moving on.
“I like that guy, man,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said of Warren. “If you know anything about him, his dad was one heck of a player … He’s a hammer. He can really thump ya, and he’s got breakaway speed. He’s improving in the passing game. He’s becoming more and more of a running back instead of just a runner.”
P.J. Hall – The 2018 second-round pick had …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports