The Raiders addressed the position in the draft, free agency as well as returning players. Here’s a quick look at how some of them are performing after a week of practices at training camp.
Camp’s biggest winner: Pat Sims. Veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims has had a very good training camp so far, disrupting the run game while also applying pressure on the quarterback. Sims continues to prove he is a valuable asset for Jason Tarver and his defense.
Camp’s biggest surprise: Justin “Jelly” Ellis. Jelly was drafted in the fourth round by the Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft, largely for his ability to clog up the middle of the line and close up rushing lanes. Ellis has been able to do that nicely in just his one week of NFL camp. But what has been a pleasant surprise is his ability to apply pressure on the quarterback at times. On Thursday, Jelly blew by center Stefen Wisniewski to get a simulated sack on Matt Schaub.
Camp’s biggest loser: Stacy McGee. Second-year defensive tackle Stacy McGee has yet to see the field for his second training camp after starting on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a hand injury. McGee showed potential to be a solid rotational player last year but every snap he misses could be critical.