Week 7 was by far the worst week for our 2016-rookie class. Sunday’s game was, in a way, the most disappointing loss of the season. The Raiders, who are another team with a high volume of young players just like the Jags, seem to be making much quicker strides in terms of developing their players. Let’s check out how our rookies faired against the Oakland Raiders.
Jalen Ramsey: He was ejected. Sure, he locked down Amari Cooper while he was still allowed to play, BUT he got ejected. No matter how you try and flip this, I’m unwilling to say he had a good game because he didn’t finish it. And now Ramsey was reported saying, “I’d do it again. I won’t be disrespected.” That’s a good way to let opposing players know they can get in your head if they push hard enough. Jalen Ramsey has to understand what actually happened Sunday. The Jaguars lost their best corner and Oakland lost a rotational receiver.
Yannick Ngakoue: The Oakland Raiders protected Derek Carr exceptionally well in Jacksonville Sunday and didn’t allow a sack. Ngakoue couldn’t get to the quarterback and only had two solo tackles. Dante Fowler Jr. also only had two solo tackles. Not a great showing from our young defensive ends.
Myles Jack: Jack is still splitting time with Dan Skuta at OTTO. Gus Bradley and Todd Wash haven’t yet found a way to make an impact with Myles Jack. Jack registered one solo tackle against Oakland.
Sheldon Day: We saw Day’s involvement increase when Malik Jackson got ejected for reacting the same way fans were reacting to the wildly one-sided support from the referees the Raiders received in the second-half. Day didn’t, however, register a stat. Our defensive line was man-handled in the middle by the Raiders offensive line.
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