The Las Vegas Raiders gave their secondary some help Wednesday when they traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.
While some players have nice things to say when leaving an organization, Ya-Sin didn't hold back when asked about his time in Indianapolis. In fact, you could say that his comment is nothing short of an absolute roast of the Colts.
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Ya-Sin told reporters Thursday that he didn't expect the Colts to trade him this offseason, but the announcement had him feeling "more excitement than shock." He then described Indianapolis as being "complacent and let their foot off the gas last year," adding that it "won't happen in Vegas."
Ya-Sin isn't exactly wrong in his assessment of his former team. The Colts lost four of their first five games to start the year, which had them playing catch-up early on. An 8-2 stretch in the middle of the season got them back into the postseason hunt, but back-to-back losses to the Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars in the final two weeks dashed those playoff hopes.
Despite everything the Colts went through, Ya-Sin had a solid campaign, finishing with 31 tackles, eight defended passes and an interception. He held opposing quarterbacks to a 53.3% completion rating when targeted and allowed just 36 yards after the catch — down 172 yards from 2020.
The Raiders had the sixth-worst scoring defense last year, so it's unsurprising that they've brought in players like Ya-Sin and four-time Pro-Bowl linebacker Chandler Jones. With the other AFC West teams loading up their offenses, Las Vegas needs its defenders to stand up to stay in the mix.
It looks like the Raiders could still use more help before being considered an AFC West title threat. FanDuel Sportsbook is giving them +1000 odds to win the division, which is considerably behind the second-place Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos at +260 apiece.
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.