A fast rise accurately describes the start of Scott’s NFL career. The Raiders’ sixth-round draft pick out of Buffalo in 2008, the converted college tight end, with just two years of defense under his belt at the time, tallied 12 combined sacks while appearing in all 32 games at both end and linebacker in his first two seasons.
His performance earned Scott a starting job in 2010, before a torn ACL suffered in Week 11 halted his quick ascent. The timing couldn’t have been worse.
Scott’s comeback attempt was marred by the NFL lockout, an offseason in which injured players were left twisting in the wind – without the benefit of supervision by team trainers – and Scott fell out of the rotation in 2011, his final year in Oakland.
Trevor Scott has a high ceiling in the NFL, he proved that in his first couple of seasons at Oakland. What he has not had since his injury is a good shot to show other teams what he can do.
To that end any exposure Scott can get during the preseason or in NFL camps can only help him get back on the field. He may be up against the wall a bit in Chicago, who acquired Jarred Allen from Minnesota, but he has the skills to make enough of an impact to either make the bears final roster or impress another team.
Raiders have rookie Khalil Mack's 'head spinning' - NFL.com
During offseason workouts, coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver have been experimenting with Mack in different packages to see where he will excel. In the process, the coaching staff is throwing a lot of information at the rookie. "We've got his head spinning right now," Allen said with a wry smile, per CSN Bay Area.
Khalil Mack came out of college as a complete player. He played well with his hand in the dirt, dropping back into pass coverage, or as a run stopper. Then of course there is his once in a lifetime pass rushing ability.
The Raiders have a lot of talent in their defensive front seven and it looks like they aim to make themselves as unpredictable as possible by using Mack and Sio Moore's flexibility in their playbook.
James Starks' No. 1 goal: Stay healthy this year
Right now, Starks is 100%. He's back on a two-year pact that now makes a lot of sense with a neck injury ending Johnathan Franklin's career in Green Bay. The No. 1 objective for the former sixth-round pick Starks has not changed — stay available. He believes he's fresh off his best season. With Eddie Lacy, the 6-foot-2, 217-pounder could form one of the league's top 1-2 punches.
James Starks, when he is 100%, has proven himself to be a starting caliber NFL back. This coming year the Green Bay Packers are going to need more out of Starks this season than they have since they last won the Superbowl.
The packers just lost running back Johnathan Franklin meaning that a pretty good running back committee of three is now reduced to two.
Where the Lions roster stands: Wide receiver - Pride Of Detroit
Corey Fuller, Pat Edwards and Cody Wilson are back after spending time with the Lions last year, for example, and Naaman Roosevelt and Andrew Peacock joined the team this offseason. Most of these players are just camp bodies, but perhaps someone will come out of nowhere in training camp and really surprise people.
Conrad covered Naaman's chances of making the roster in Detroit last week. This week Pride of Detroit takes their own look at the wide receiver slot. Their view or Roosevelt's prospects are pretty dim.