Raiders Hall of Fame Game Ballers & Busters

There was a lot of good and some not-so-good in the Raiders' lopsided win over the second- and third-teamers the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. Pre-season football is about making an impression...

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RaidersThere was a lot of good and some not-so-good in the Raiders' lopsided win over the second- and third-teamers the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. Pre-season football is about making an impact with pads that the lads hope will transfer to the pitch at training camp. I was skeptical of Cotton this offseason as he filled in as right guard for the injured Denzelle Good. Then Good retired, Cotton stayed and then went into that game and made me believe. Cotton put a key block on the second play of the game and helped Josh Jacobs for 12 yards. It put the Raiders within field goal range and they went 3-0 up to start the game. Cotton followed with blocks on a nine-yard run by Jacobs, a four-yard run by Jacobs in third, and a place and 15-yard run by Zamir White, resulting in another field goal. The final play of the first quarter, Cotton came down to block an 18-yard screenplay against Ameer Abdullah. That drive would ultimately result in the Raiders' first touchdown of the game. On the next run he would land again on a screen 19 yards long. Josh Jacobs got the first two drives of the game and played well. Then White came in and showed why he's a serious contender to eat into Jacobs' snaps and offer some juice to the offensive line this season. In the first run of the game, White made some nice bursts and rushed for 15 yards. He later showed his receiver skills when he took a screen pass for 19 yards. The drive after that, he showed his strength when he took a pitch to the left on third and one and drove through a defender to take the first down. White even showed he can attack when he stopped on a kick return. Vickers made the first tackle of the game and plugged a run. He also had the Raiders' only sack in play. While Koonce might not have gotten a sack, he did get good pressure at times. His first pass of the game was miraculously completed 31 yards down to Keelan Cole. After Nick Mullens came in for a few drives, Stidham returned late in the second quarter, completing a 14-yard pass to Tyron Johnson on the third and 11th and a 16-yard pass to Demarcus Robinson. On the next game, he scrambled to the right, directing traffic - getting a block in the end zone from Robinson - and running it for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 20-0 lead at halftime. The reserve safety sophomore put the wood on a few plays, including the one where he put his helmet on the ball to knock it out of the receiver's hands and force a fumble. It was the only snack of the game for the Raiders. His first play of the game was to make the tackle on a kick return. Then, in the third quarter, he was part of three straight games — coming on to help on a run stuff for a yard, making the tackle on a short catch and breaking a pass in third to punt to force. It's a wonder the Raiders offense was able to pull it off in this game with Parker on the left. He was just flat out working on almost every play he was in the game on. On the very first game, he gave up the shot at Stidham when he was throwing. If not, Parker would have missed his block on a pitch play a few plays later, potentially resulting in a punt instead of a field goal. The second ride was stalled thanks to Parker and Parker alone. They were drawn to Jacksonville's 22-yard line. Then Parker gave up back-to-back sacks, the second to his former teammate Arden Key, who he may remember destroying in rookie camp in 2018. The result was that Daniel Carlson had to attempt a 55-yard field goal, which he converted. The second quarter would start the same as the first quarter - with Parker being hit for some run stuff this time. Finally, on his last draw, Parker would give up another sack at the end of the next drive; his third of the game. This is the guy who is rumored to be the current leading candidate to start with proper tackle. He played out of position on the left tackle but you would hope he would at least be useful on the opposite side, not a saloon door. While Josh Jacobs and Zamir White averaged over five yards per carry and Ameer Abdullah performed well in screen play, Drake averaged just 1.8 yards per carry on five carries. Raiders RB Josh Jacobs plays 11 snaps during the Hall of Fame game Raiders starting lineup on offense against Jaguars shows whose job is safe and who isn't

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