The Las Vegas Raiders' offense has been getting a ton of attention this offseason and rightfully so. While fans are exciting to see what the passing game can do with Davante Adams in town, it's actually been a second-year defender who's been grabbing some attention at training camp this week.
The Athletic's Vic Tafur reports that second-year defender Nate Hobbs has been "one of the stars of camp" due to his "lining up in different spots and making plays." The Raiders certainly hope that Hobbs' practice performance lead to on-field results after surrendering 25.8 points per game in 2021 (No. 26).
Raiders Training Camp
Tafur wasn't the only Athletic reporter singing Hobbs' praises. Tashan Reed highlighted how the former Illinois cornerback caught Derek Carr's first interception of training camp on Thursday afternoon, returning it for a pick-6.
A 2021 fifth-round pick, Hobbs made a name for himself as a rookie by showing he could do it all. The Louisville, KY native started in nine of the 16 games he played for the Raiders, finishing with 74 tackles, four quarterback hits, a sack, three defended passes and one interception.
While he only averaged 6.4 yards on 62 targets as a rookie, Hobbs did allow an 82.3% completion rate when targeted. With how much firepower the Raiders' AFC West rivals have, he must step up.
Fortunately, Hobbs' training camp performances show that he's likely well on his way to the next level. Having to defend wideouts like Adams and Hunter Renfrow can only make him a better defender and that's what the Raiders need to win the division.
Raiders vs Dolphins Odds (Aug. 20)
Hobbs has a chance to further showcase his improvements when the Raiders visit the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. While it's projected to be a close affair, FanDuel Sportsbook currently has Las Vegas as the slight 1-point favorite over Miami.
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