The Las Vegas Raiders have a player on their defense that no one is talking about, and he could make a huge impact this season.

Nate Hobbs is a player that flew under the radar this last season for the Raiders and is still doing so during the 2022 training camp. Last season he started in nine games and played 16 total for the silver and black, and he really held his own. However, he still isn’t quite a name most people know.

In the 837 defensive snaps he played, Hobbs registered one interception, three pass breakups, 74 total tackles, three for a loss, one sack, and one forced fumble. Hobbs did a little bit of everything last season. According to Pro Football Focus, Hobbs allowed the fewest yards per completion among all rookie cornerbacks at 8.5.

This season he could put up even bigger numbers. Not only that, but he could possibly be one of the most underrated players in the division and have one of the biggest impacts on the Raiders.

Raiders’ Hobbs is doing everything right

According to Ourlads.com, a website that shows the projected and official depth charts, Hobbs is currently the starting nickel cornerback on the Raiders. All the reports from camp have been positive on Hobbs, including the 1-on-1 period the Raiders frequently do.

Hobbs is going up against some of the best talents in the league every day in practice. Covering Renfrow is not easy, and the cliche saying ‘iron sharpens iron’ definitely pertains in this instance. Training camp reports have also shown that he is battling with Davante Adams every day in practice, who is widely regarded as the best receiver in the league.

Hobbs will be one of the biggest impacts on the Raiders because of the position he plays. The nickel cornerback position is one of the hardest to play in the league. Some tough competition is being played across from him.

Hobbs will have to match up against JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jarvis Landry, Christian Kirk, Chase Claypool, Keenan Allen, and Cooper Kupp, just to name a few of the slot guys that the Raiders will play this season.

Hobbs will be responsible for shutting down some of the opponent’s best receivers, and I have faith he will do just that. His impact will be huge next season. It already was last year as a rookie, now imagine him with a year under his belt, practicing against the guys he does every day.

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