We’ve known this has been coming since the Oakland Raiders signed Daryl Worley in April.
That’s what happens when you sign a dude who was freshly busted. It’s part of the deal. He is very likely going to face NFL discipline.
The Raiders’ broadcast team on the preseason finale Thursday night alluded to the cornerback getting a four-game NFL suspension and ESPN reported it Friday.
Again, this has been coming. Worley was arrested in Philadelphia in April on several charges after being sleeping in a car. He pled guilty to several charges. The Eagles, who acquired in him a trade with Carolina a month earlier, immediately cut Worley.
The Raiders signed him, Worley has ability and he will very likely be Oakland’s No. 3 cornerback when he returns in the fifth game. But, he is very likely going to miss games agent the Rams, Broncos, Dolphins and the Browns. Other than the Rams, none of these teams have powerful passing games.
The key during Worley’s absence is health.
The expected starters are Gareon Conley and Rashaan Melvin. Conley finally seems settled health wise. He hasn’t played much and will be challenged early in the season. But if the 2017 first-round pick can stay on the field, he should be good.
Melvin is supposedly the other starter. But eyebrows were raised when he played in the fourth preseason game while virtually all of the other starters didn’t even have pads on. Coach Jon Gruden said it was about extra reps, but you have to wonder.
The Raiders were sniffing around cornerbacks all camp. They finally signed veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
I guess it wouldn’t be a shock if DRC starts over Melvin. If that’s the case, it will be disappointing for Oakland, which paid Melvin $6.5 million in free agency. Also in the mix, will likely be rookie Nick Nelson and veteran Leon Hall.
Overall, this group appears to be much improved from recent years.
It should be even better when Worley comes back from his expected suspension. But until, he returns, Oakland should be in decent shape if the cornerback can stay healthy.