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The Oakland Raiders secondary last season was amongst the worst in the league giving up 257.5 passing yards per game (No. 24), a big reason for them using their first round draft pick on Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley.
When asked about Conley, Raiders coach Ken Norton Jr. mentioned that “Conley is one of the guys out there really competing,” via Oakland’s press release. However, there is no guarantee that he will get a starting position in the slot, for “there are a lot of guys who are very good” competing against Conley for the starting nickel position.
Last year, it was apparent Oakland did not have the talent nor the scheme necessary to be good in the back-end of the defense. Now, they added talent with Conley and get to have Raiders cornerback Sean Smith entering his second season with the team. Hopefully, the second season under Norton will help Smith improve with more knowledge of the defense.
Overall, it is good to see and hear that Oakland has a talented secondary. All they need to do now is put it together on the field by competing during each rep at practice. If they do that, the defense will be drastically improved en route to another playoff berth and lengthy postseason run.