NFL.com thinks a Las Vegas Raiders player is in danger of losing his starting job during training camp.
Eric Edholm, a lead NFL draft writer for NFL.com, suggested this week that Las Vegas safety Jonathan Abrams could be demoted this summer.
Tre’von Moehrig and Abram have been receiving the majority of first-team reps early in camp, but a player familiar with head coach Josh McDaniels is lurking. Ex-Patriot Duron Harmon signed with the Raiders and easily could slide into a starting role if Abram, who had his fifth-year option declined this offseason, doesn’t tighten up his coverage. Abram fits the mold of intense competitor that McDaniels and DC Patrick Graham are seeking, but Abram must prove he’s accountable. The Raiders have the benefit of an additional preseason game, starting with Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game, to determine who wins the starting job.
This might be inevitable.
The fact that Las Vegas didn’t pick up Abram’s fifth-year option is a sure sign that the Raiders are ready to go in another direction.
But at the same time, Abram is now in a contract year. And that could motivate him to play at a high level this season with the hopes of earning a lucrative contract in the offseason.
Abram has talent, but he’s going to have to prove himself over the next month if he wants to hold onto his starting spot.
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