Raiders hoping for big return out of Edwards in 2017
- Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told 95.7 The Game Thursday that defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. has been “extremely motivated” this offseason.
- After having his 2015 rookie season cut short with a neck injury in Week 15, the former second-round pick missed most of 2016 with a hip injury he suffered in the team’s preseason opener.
- In 2015, he saw significant time as an interior defender (368 snaps) and on the edge (240 snaps).
- When lined up on the inside, he registered a 9.6 run-stop percentage, which ranked 12th among 3-4 defensive ends with a minimum of 115 run snaps. He also produced pass-rushing productivity rating of 5.4 when attacking the quarterback from the interior.
- As an edge defender, he garnished an 8.5 run-stop percentage and a 7.0 PRP.
- The Raiders don’t return a single defensive lineman that finished 2016 with a PFF overall grade higher than 47.5.