- Tarrian Rodgers
KJ Wright brings a veteran's presence to the Raiders
One of the worst kept secrets going into week 1 for the Raiders is their need at linebacker. Over the past month, the Raiders linebacking corp has looked like a mash unit. Having starter Nicholas Morrow being put on short term IR and key reserve Javin White also dealing with an injury, it has not been an optimistic aspect at that position.
The Raiders added veteran Denzel Perryman this past week and today the Raiders added another veteran in KJ Wright. Wright played well for the Seahawks last year, ranking as the No. 14 linebacker per Pro Football Focus. Wright can still run and make plays. Last season he had 86 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one INT. Also his durability comes to mind. Wright hasn't missed a game since 2018.
Overall, the Raiders were thankful a veteran of Wright’s caliber was still available this late in the off-season. He will fit right in as he adds some viable experience playing in Gus Bradley’s defense. Wright started at the SAM for Bradley from 2009-2012
Vegas’ linebacking corp is starting to shape together nicely with a mix of solid veteran leadership and young guys. This unit seems much improved from a year ago. The Raiders kept seven linebackers on roster cutdown day, including third-round pick Divine Deablo, who is transitioning from safety. They also have returning starters Cory Littleton, Nick Kwiatkoski and Nicholas Morrow on the roster. Wright is unlikely to be joining the Raiders to be a backup, so Vegas’ starting lineup may undergo more change soon.