Raiders’ McKenzie says Edwards is ‘ready to roll,’ will help run, pass defense

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Oakland Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. is “ready to roll,” is “healthy, strong” and “in a good mindset” according to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in an interview with JT the Brick on 95.7 The Game yesterday morning.

Edwards had an impressive rookie (2015) campaign amassing 42 tackles, three forced fumbles and two sacks that was marred by a late neck injury. The following year, Edwards played in just two games due to a lingering hip injury that forced a dramatic drop off in his explosiveness.

If Edwards is back to full strength as McKenzie suggests, it will have a profound impact on the defense overall, proving a boost against both the run and pass.

While most fans would be happy with Edwards simply getting back to his rookie form, McKenzie went on to say the third-year DE “wants to be dominant” in his interview with 95.7.

A dominant presence on the opposite side of reigning defensive player of the year and Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, would go a long way to causing opposing quarterbacks trouble. But when one factors in outside linebacker Bruce Irvin as well?

This Oakland defense could be scary in 2017.


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WATCH: General manager Reggie McKenzie talks about Raiders relocation

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It has been a busy few days for the Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie.

This week, McKenzie has seen his team win its bid to relocate to Las Vegas, personally won the Sporting News 2016 Executive of the Year Award, and finds himself in the midst of filling out the roster with NFL free agents while also preparing for the NFL draft.

Despite his busy past few days, McKenzie still had time to sit down and discuss his thoughts on the Raiders’ relocation.

There is no doubt that it has been a tough couple of days for the fans in Oakland, as well as some of the team’s staff, and McKenzie made it clear that he understands how special Oakland is and what the city means to the Raiders.

However, playing in a state of the art stadium will bring benefits to the franchise, including more revenue and incredible facilities to attract elite free agents.


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