The Las Vegas Raiders didn’t have the best day at the office on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1. I think we all saw that.
The offensive line was struggling to give Derek Carr any time in the pocket. The defense could not stop Justin Herbert. And of course, there were a couple of other things that didn’t go their way as well.
But, I’d like to take the time and platform I have to talk about the team in a positive way, because it was only Week 1, and that doesn’t define the team’s season. There are 16 more that they need to play.
Nate Hobbs, the Raiders’ most underrated player, and a guy that most fans don’t know about was one of the Raider’s best players on the field on Sunday.
Hobbs was graded as one of the league’s best cornerbacks on Sunday.
According to Pro Football Focus, Hobbs was one of the best cornerbacks in the league in Week 1, in terms of coverage. Let alone one of the best on his team.
Of all the defensive players that played at least 33 coverage snaps this past week, Hobbs was graded as the sixth best with a grade of 86.0.
#Raiders CB Nate Hobbs ranked the sixth-highest coverage grade (86.0) amongst all players who played at least 33 coverage snaps last week, and third highest grade among CBs, per PFF.— Justin Churchill (@JustlnChurchill) September 14, 2022
That is the third highest grade of all cornerbacks on the list behind the Chiefs’ young stud L’Jarius Sneed, and the Jets’ D.J. Reed Jr.
It is safe to say the Raiders’ young cornerback is on his way to becoming great.
There aren’t a whole lot of stats to go off of yet, because it has only been one week. However, he does have an impressive feat that stands out.
In those 33 coverage snaps, he was targeted twice, which means he was great in coverage and did not allow a whole lot of separation. In those two targets, he only allowed one catch for five yards.
Hobbs kind of came out of nowhere for the Raiders. He is a guy that national media still doesn’t really know. Of course, we have known about the potential this guy has since last season. But now, it looks like he is starting to put it all together.
Hobbs can be one of, and maybe the best corner in the league. His press man skills are showing as well, which is something defensive coordinator Pat Graham will utilize.
The Raiders need to take advantage of the lockdown corner they now have this upcoming week. The Cardinals will be missing their best receiver, and one of the best in the league in DeAndre Hopkins.
In other words, Rondale Moore, who missed last week against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury, and A.J. Green will likely see Hobbs a ton. Those are both easy matchups for the future superstar.
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