Raiders Add Depth to The Defensive Line


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The Las Vegas Raiders added some depth to their defensive line after Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas‘s signings. Both Jefferson and Thomas signed one-year deals. Jefferson could make up to $4 million, and Thomas can make up to $5 million.

Quinton Jefferson

Jefferson played for the Buffalo Bills last year and produced three sacks, six quarterback hits, and nine pressures. The Raiders will need Jefferson to play as he did with the Seattle Seahawks. In his last two years in Seattle, Jefferson combined for 6.5 sacks, 25 QB hits, and 40 pressures.

At just 28 years old, Jefferson should be to provide the Raiders the interior pass rush they need. Last season the Raiders picked up Maliek Collins, and he was a colossal disappointment; he finished with the season with no sacks and one QB hit. Las Vegas hopes Jefferson will put up better numbers than that, and it should not be hard. Jefferson also has some familiarity with Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley from his time in Seattle. If Jefferson can provide a consistent pass rush and help stop the run, he will see a lot of playing time.

Solomon Thomas

Thomas’s career so far has not been very good; in his first two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, he combined for just four sacks. In 2019 he finished with only two sacks, and last year, Thomas played in only two games because he suffered a torn ACL.

Thomas will bring depth to the Raiders’ defensive line with the ability to play inside and on the end. At the age of 26, it is still time for Thomas to turn his career around. He will have every opportunity to play with the Raiders, who lack a pass rush.

The Raiders have spent time retooling the defensive line; now they must focus on the secondary, mainly the free safety position. It would be nice if they could sign a solid safety to anchor the defense’s back end.

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