Report: Raiders looking to trade for linebackers, pass rushers

first_imgThe Raiders had just nine sacks before Sunday, which was fifth-worst in the NFL.Their defensive issues were a large part of Sunday’s disastrous game in Green Bay as the Raiders allowed six touchdowns in the Packers’ first seven possessions in a 42-24 loss. Aaron Rodgers, who hadn’t had one 300-yard passing game this season, eclipsed that barrier in the third quarter on his way to going 25-for-31 for 429 yards and five touchdown passes.Passer rating vs #Raiders the past 2 seasons: 105.3QBs with passer rating of 105.3 in NFL history (min 200 att): Patrick Mahomes, 113.6— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) October 20, 2019 Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon With the NFL’s trade deadline approaching, the Raiders are reportedly shopping for linebackers and pass rushers as they look to upgrade their defense for a possible playoff run.The Raiders will be buyers before the Oct. 29 trade deadline as they’ve been calling multiple teams looking to deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday. No particular players targeted by Oakland were revealed, but two intriguing edge rushers said to be available are Vic Beasley Jr. of the Falcons and Carlos Dunlap of the Bengals. Beasley, a free-agent-to-be has just 1.5 sacks this season and 11.5 since leading the NFL in 2016 with 15.5 sacks. Dunlap, who made two Pro Bowl appearances while working with current Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati, would seem to be a perfect fit in Oakland. The 30-year-old Dunlap has two years left on his three-year, $40.6 million contract but has missed the past two games with a knee injury.The Raiders lost an important part of their defense when oft-penalized middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the season after a helmet-to-helmet against the Colts on Sept. 29. It also hasn’t helped that Oakland hasn’t received much help from three of their top draft choices, defensive end Clelin Ferrell, safety Johnathan Abram and cornerback Trayvon Mullen. Ferrell has the third-worst pass-rush win rate among all pass rushers, according to PFF.com. In addition, Mullen hasn’t been seeing much action — PFF.com has him with a sub-par 55.5 grade. Abram, the promising first-round pick from Mississippi State, suffered a torn rotator cuff injury and is on injured reserve.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not Despite some issues on defense, the Raiders were a surprising 3-2 before getting blown out by the Packers on Sunday. The Raiders defense came into the game 21st in the league in points allowed (24.6 per game) and 17th in yards allowed (355.6 per game). Their unit was ranked 29th out of 32 teams, according to Pro Football Focus.com.Related Articleslast_img

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