The Oakland Raiders have been working on several different scenarios in training camp, but one thing remains the same. No one can handle Derrick Burgess.
He has been wearing out whoever has been placed in front of him. He has appeared unblockable.
Teams will have to game plan against Burgess due to the fact that he is so good.
Despite a rare offseason spending spree bringing in new talent, he didn’t receive the new contract he was after. The hope is that he will after the season is over. Burgess came into camp ready for work.
As usual, the defense as a whole is ahead of the offense in training camp and Burgess is healthy and back to being his usual destructive self. The 6’2”, 260-pound DE remains a fast, aggressive pass rushing force and a player to watch for the Oakland Raiders.
To limit the damage of Derrick Burgess, teams have used tight ends to double team him with offensive tackles. He has also experienced teams using both tight ends and running backs to chip him to slow him down.
To adjust to this tactic the Raiders have Burgess pulling double duty, working at his customary DE position as well as OLB. Moving him around will limit obstacles between Burgess and the opposing QB.
He will draw the attention of every offensive tackle in the league and set up some one-on-one situations for one of his teammates.
He has all of the traits you look for in an OLB: instincts, athleticism, and range. The most important is athleticism, with the ability to tackle in the open field, blitz, rush the passer, and drop into coverage.
I’m aware that the Raiders run a base four-three defense, but it must be said that so many different things can be done with the versatility of the three-four defense, and it is one that Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan knows well.
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