Tuesday was brimming with uplifting news for the Raiders as far as players returning. Not exclusively did Darren Waller and Marcus Mariota take the field, however they got three protectors who could all make the group and assume key parts this season.
“We got a lot of guys returning,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “Karl Joseph showed up, Isaiah Johnson showed up. [Divine] Deablo got some reps today. So, we got a lot of guys that are on the fringe of coming back.”
Deablo and Johnson have burned through all of camp on the PUP list. Both passed their physicals before the end of last week and took the field interestingly today. They may not see the field in the group’s subsequent preseason game in Los Angeles, however Gruden is focusing on the last preseason game in San Francisco for them to substantiate themselves.
“We’re really encouraged with Divine,” Gruden said of his third-round rookie. “He had an injury that we feared was worse than it was. And I give him a lot of credit, while we were all on vacation having a good time, he was here two-a-days, rehabbing, and he’s ready to go. We are going to protect him here for the next four or five days as he gets acclimated to pads, but there is a good chance you may see him against the 49ers.
“And Isaiah, the same thing, we’re going to kind of put the boat in the water these next few days and hopefully get him on the grass against San Francisco in that last preseason game.”
Johnson has a difficult task on his hands to discover a spot on the profundity graph at cornerback. Indeed, even with Nevin Lawson beginning the season suspended, it’s a jam-packed cornerback room.
Joseph has been out the previous fourteen days. He was brought back this offseason and is relied upon to give significant profundity at security at first, principally solid wellbeing. Furthermore, should Johnathan Abram battle again this season, Joseph could wind up in the beginning setup in a little while.