The Oakland Raiders have gotten quite a bit of good news in regards to important players lately. It was great news to hear that Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn has ended his holdout. Then it just kept coming as they will be getting first-round pick Gareon Conley and second-round pick Obi Melifonwu soon. Having a healthy roster will be extremely important for the Raiders. The Tropicana online casino has the Raiders slightly behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the odds to win the AFC West this year. Having a full and healthy roster will help the Raiders overcome those odds.
Melifonwu will actually be ready as the preseason gets underway. No one outside of the Raiders organization knows exactly what Melifonwu’s injury was. But the important thing is as Levi Damien reported, Melifonwu will participate in upcoming practices.
I we should get a chance to see where Melifonwu is as the regular season approaches. He was drafted in the second-round so the Raiders could have a guy to match up with big, athletic tight ends. At 6’4″, 224 pounds with CB coverage skills and 4.4 40 speed, he looks like he can be that guy.
Conley won’t be available Wednesday but it looks like he’s finally on pace to get on the field. According to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune Bay Area, he sprinted and changed directions with the training staff. That’s the first time Conley has done such a thing since sustaining his shin injury in minicamp.
The Raiders badly need Melifonwu to cover TEs as they have not found an answer to that problem. And you know how much Sean Smith has struggled in coverage from last year to this preseason. So Raider Nation is now hopeful now that Melifonwu is available and Conley his heading toward that.
Oakland Raiders first-round pick Gareon Conley was picked to help their leaky secondary. But there hasn’t been much good news surrounding him since a grand jury didn’t charge him with rape. He’s been out since the first day of mini-camp approximately two months ago with a shin injury.
Shin-splints, general manager Reggie McKenzie’s unqualified diagnosis, is now ruled out. The injury is in Conley’s shin but it’s much more severe than shin-splints be it that it’s been two months. And with the Raiders struggling in the secondary, the good news is that he’s been cleared for running.
However, he’s not practicing so he’s unlikely to see the field Saturday vs the Los Angeles Rams. It doesn’t look likely that he’ll play in the third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys either. The third preseason game is the dress rehearsal so it would be nice to see him get some reps there.