Raiders Insider Reveals One Veteran on the Roster Bubble Heading Into Training Camp
NFL training camp is right around the corner, which means veterans and rookies alike are going to be battling it out for the last few roster spots available. That includes players on the Las Vegas Raiders, as team insider Paul Gutierrez recently revealed one veteran in danger of being cut before Week 1.
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Gutierrez detailed how defensive end Clelin Ferrell finds himself on the roster bubble. The 25-year-old's fifth-year option was not picked up, meaning he enters the 2022 season with a lot to prove. Ferrell has yet to live up to expectations after being the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Ferrell showed some potential by racking up 4.5 sacks as a rookie, but has posted only 3.0 sacks in 27 games since that time. He also saw his snap count drop from 64% in 2021 to 24% in 2022. That was thanks to the addition of veteran Yannick Ngakoue, who took over alongside Maxx Crosby.
While Ngakoue may not be on the roster anymore, Chandler Jones is. The four-time Pro Bowler was signed to a three-year deal in free agency and blocks any opportunity Ferrell had for increased playing time. Ferrell will need to bring everything to the table during training camp this summer.
On the bright side, the Raiders have a new defensive coordinator in Patrick Graham leading the way. It's possible Ferrell is a better fit in his system than he was in either Paul Guenther or Gus Bradley's. The Raiders have odds set at +4000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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