Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson, Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford and Seahawks linebacker Cassius Marsh were also on hand to hone their skills and pick up pointers from what Miller said, via the Denver Post, is a “little fraternity” of pass rushers around the league.
The feeling around the NFL is the Chiefs might hire from within the organization to replace Dorsey. Don’t be surprised if he lands with the Seahawks in some capacity. He’s good friends with Schneider along with Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. With the Chiefs paying him for the 2017 season, Dorsey would be a bargain to any team wanting to add him.
The duo of Osemele and Jackson are now easily the highest paid guard tandem in the league at an average of $22.9 million per season combined. They earned it last season by not giving up a sack between them -- they were the only guard tandem in the NFL to do that — and being the driving force in the Raiders finishing with the league’s sixth most rushing yards in their first season together.
Even considering all that, this trend must serve as a warning sign for teams with older quarterbacks. You can’t expect a 35+ year old quarterback to carry your offense and throw the ball 600 times in the regular season and then go on a playoff run. It’s difficult to limit your quarterback’s attempts unless you have a stacked roster, but that is the quandary of relying on an elder starter.
This year the Raiders had four players make the Top 100 — an indication of the kind of elite talent they possess which helped them to a 12-4 record last season.
Those players were Khalil Mack (5), Derek Carr (11), Amari Cooper (53), and Kelechi Osemele (95).
Where this lands them in the grand scheme of things depends on how you measure it. So, let’s look at the data to see how things stack up.
Most players in Top 100 (average player ranking):
Four-star safety Caden Sterns is ready for The Opening, then Texas | Hookem.com
The end goal for Sterns is the NFL. His brother, Jordan, was an all-Big 12 performer at Oklahoma State and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the spring.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Ware, C.J. Spiller, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman, Kareem Hunt*
Ware has had a nice resurgence with Kansas City after flaming out in Seattle, but is he a good long-term option as a starter? Spiller has basically proven that he's also likely just a complementary back, and he's struggled to stay on any team for very long in the last couple of years. The future may be Hunt, a third-rounder, but that's far from a sure thing.
“Continuity on the O-line is awesome,” he said. You go to Denver, you go to wherever and you can’t hear the guy next to you and you have to have some trust in the guy next to you that he’ll be able to really know what to do, do his job and be able to do it without talking and without communicating and that’s something that you play together a while, you understand how a guy works, where he’s going to be on certain plays, if you have a double team kind of body position you know everyone blocks a little bit different.”