LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Raiders will be without a pair of Pro Bowlers at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday as the Raiders eliminated the best passing forwards and top forwards from last season.
And while hole-receiver Hunter Renfrow (concussion) and linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) won’t play, starting back Josh Jacobs (illness) won’t travel with the squad to Nashville on Friday.
A pair of Asian qualifying teams last season, both looking for their first win in Week Three.
“You always try to build depth into your roster so you can absorb situations like this,” said Raiders coach Josh McDaniels for the first year earlier in the day.
“We’ve been trying to preach since we got here, ‘Let’s learn the concept, not a single point in the concept. …and so from the beginning we were kind of preaching, ‘Let’s learn why, and the whole concept of the big picture,’ because that can happen in the game as well, where all of a sudden I’ve trained it one way, and then I’ve had an injury or two, and all of a sudden now, I was You swing in the middle of the first or second quarter and you don’t have time to rehearse for a week and four meetings before you have to go outside.”
Renfrew, who had 103 assists last season, took headshots in back-to-back plays on Sunday, flopping last time out to a stunning 59-yard swim win and score for the Arizona Cardinals. He’s been on concussion protocol ever since.
With Renfrow out, the Raiders can move All-Pro Davante Adams indoors, while Keelan Cole is technically Renfrow’s backup.
“I always keep my head down and keep waiting for the next opportunity,” said Cole, who signed on to the active roster on September 13 after the start of the season in the coaching staff.
“I’m just doing my part, really. Here’s the thing – if you’re worried about everything else, you’re not really going to get your role right.”
Berryman, who had 154 tackles in 2021, has not played since his injury in the season opener. Divine Deablo and Jayon Brown were Raiders starting lineups last week against the Cardinals, with Deablo wearing the green dots communications helmet.
Meanwhile, Jacobs trained on Wednesday and made his first appearance on the team’s injury report on Thursday, after rushing for 126 yards in two games. Brandon Bolden, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, was a full participant on Friday and had no injury to the Titans game. The Conquerors also have three other players in their backs namely Amir Abdullah, rookies Zamir White and Brittain Brown, as well as linebacker Jacob Johnson.
“Our depth on the field has been really challenged a little bit with a few things here and there in terms of injury, which is why we usually carry that many full-backs,” McDaniels said. “I mean, it’s going to be a little humid in there, different than it is here in terms of overall humidity. But whatever shape it takes, I’m not sure yet, but we’ll definitely try to keep our balance if we can. We’ve always tried to do it, and those guys will be using it to the best of our ability.” Having them in the right roles is important. So, we’ll see how it sort of plays out this week.”
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