OAKLAND – The Raiders considered Shilique Calhoun worthy in the third round. That was in 2016. About 16 months later, they considered him unworthy of duty.
The Michigan State product was added to the roster of the last preseason, separated from the initial 53-man list. The three-time All-Big-Ten actor was not as influential as a rookie and did not play the strong linebacker / edge combo role in Ken Norton Jr.'s defense.
Just get Calhoun cut. It sent him by resignation, which was not claimed. However, he returned to the exercise group with the Raiders.
He was reinstated on October 14 last year, but worked mainly on special teams and seemed far from being in that year's roster
Fast forward to Saturday night. Calhoun is now firmly in the mix to make this team.
While head coach Jon Gruden has shown no loyalty to recent designs ̵
A strong training camp was assisted by the preseason performance, where he has eight tackles, two sacks and five quarterback hits.
Calhoun's confidence is back after a rough NFL start, but he remains focused on improvement
"The key is to understand myself as a player, I understand the good that I can do," Calhoun said after the 13th : 6-win preseason on Friday over Green Bay. "But I have to minimize the bad so they realize at the end of the day that I can contribute to defense at a high level and at the same time bring it to justice."
Calhoun takes responsibility for past shortcomings he also acknowledges that this new coaching staff gave him his second life and spurred on his development. "Calhoun has been brought to a rampaging location that better suits his abilities and what he's been calling for in Michigan State."
"I think the style of defense really runs you as a player," Calhoun said. It allows me to be aggressive, allows me to be the person I was before I was here. It makes me be the person I was in high school, the person I was at school. It allows me to be aggressive and play games.
Calhoun hopes to play in the regular season, but that remains uncertain Edge Rusher is a highly competitive player, with Khalil Mack (when he appears), Bruce Irvin and Arden Key as the primary options, including Fadol Brown Frostee Rucker takes care of a veteran presence in the foreground.
Gruden declares Obi exit
Gruden sent the second round of the Safety Obi Melifonwu pack on Friday and relinquished him after a season in silver and He was injured in black, injured and injured, but it is virtually certain he will never play for the Raiders again.
He barely participated last year due to hip and knee injuries and a "lower body injury" resulted That's it, and Gruden took an appropriate step after signing Dominique Rodger-Cromartie.
"The # 1 skill i St availability, and he was not available, said Gruden "See, it's probably best for him and best for us to bring in someone who can help us on the pitch."
Gruden also discussed why he added Rodgers-Cromartie as an aid to the secondaries.
"We have We had to go down a number of corners and we need someone to come in here and do a play that's not right," Gruden said. "With history in this league he has a lot of clout, lots of people know who he is, we hope we can rejuvenate him, bring him into our defense and possibly use his skills, and he has improved for a long time. He can play. "
Piñeiro stays out
Rookie kicker Eddy Piñeiro missed his second game in a row with a groin injury he suffered near the training camp. Gruden said it was uncertain when he could return to work when asked if his health problems could persist in the regular season.
Gruden said veteran Mike Nugent played well for Piñeiro. He's 3-for-4 on Field Goal trying the last two weeks, with just three touchbacks in eight kickoffs.
In other injury news, receiver Whalen was seen leaving the Colosseum in a hiking boot.
Keep a look at Harris
The Raiders' coaching team has fallen in love with Erik Harris. First and foremost a special team player last year, he has incorporated himself into the defensive mix with a solid offseason program and a training camp.
Gruden keeps saying that Harris is in the starting XI and supported it on Friday night with action. Harris was announced with the defensive starters and ran with the first unit early in the third preseason game. Karl Joseph's starting job is not as safe as it used to be, Harris is competing for time with Marcus Gilchrist, Joseph and Reggie Nelson.
"Erik was consistent," said Gruden. "He's a good communicator in the backend and has done some games on the ball, he also shows leadership and has been very consistent and I think he did some good things tonight."