Jon Gruden said on Monday that there may be some lineup changes in an attempt to spark the Las Vegas Raiders’ pass rush, which has been a major disappointment this season.
Gruden didn’t mention any names of who will might get more playing time … but one player who I don’t expect to is third-year pass rusher Arden Key.
As the Raiders started the practice week in preparation for the Week 8 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, Key did not practice with a foot injury. That doesn’t mean Key won’t be able to play Sunday, but it’s not a great start for him. In reality, there is no certainty Key is going to get more playing time even if he is healthy — is part of the reason why the Raiders have a pass-rush problem. Key doesn’t have a sack this season for the Raiders, who have just seven sacks in six games in 2020.
Taken in the third round out of LSU in 2018 after falling in the draft because of off-field concerns, Key has just three career sacks in NFL games. That is a major disappointment for the Raiders, especially as some teams thought he had first-round talent. Since joining the NFL, Key has not been a problem off the field at all … yet he is not making a impact on it
The Raiders were excited about Key learning under new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and there were glowing reports about his play in training camp. But, so far, he has not been able to be an answer for the Raiders.