Remember when Mario Edwards was supposed to be a special player for your Oakland Raiders?
Remember when the Raiders waited for Edwards to finally get good health, so he could be become a key contributor for the Raiders?
Yeah, it never developed. Edwards was either injured or ineffective in his three years with the Raiders. That time came to an end Saturday when the Raiders whacked Edwards. They reportedly tried to trade him but couldn’t find a taker.
He is now an ex-Raider. This of course adds to a troubling trend. 2018 second-round pick Jihad Ward, and 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu were also recently jettisoned by Jon Gruden.
That’s three straight second-round picks by Reggie McKenzie who have been run out of town.
Second rounders are supposed to be foundation players. The Raiders wasted these picks.
Like Edwards, Ward was supposed to be a star after a strong preseason in his rookie year. Once the games counted, he couldn’t get on the field. Melifonwu was supposed to end Oakland’s trouble covering the tight end. He played five games last season and he is now gone.
So, that brings us to this current rookie class.
The Raiders are high on second-round pick PJ Hall, third-round pick Arden Key and fifth-round pick Maurice Hurst. They all have looked good in camp and in the preseason.
All three players should have big roles on the Khalil Mack-less Oakland defensive line.
Thee is excitement. But let’s not anoint these kids as stars quite yet.
They have to develop and show they can be what the Raiders think they are,
Let’s face it, Oakland’s recent track record is not good. So, it would be silly to think these guys are slam dunks.
All you got to do is look at guys like Edwards to remember that fact.