There were a few interesting developments regarding Oakland Raiders’ stud defensive end Khalil Mack yesterday. There was a tweet from Eric Galko stating that he was indeed on the trade block. Then there was a tweet stating virtually the opposite from Ted Nguyen of the Athletic.
#Raiders have put Khalil Mack on the trade block. #Jets, #Packers #Giants (among others) are interested.@JuMosq examines why Oakland’s in this position, where he’ll end up, and how gambling lines play into it all $$$:https://t.co/g3AB7sYHxs pic.twitter.com/gBwv5NOJMj— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) August 23, 2018
Teams have made offers and were quickly rejected. Raiders haven’t “put Khalil Mack on the trade block.” https://t.co/quWVzW8e3Z— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) August 23, 2018
At any rate, this conversation is too fun not to have. I take a look at what we don’t know yet about Chris Ballard’s philosophy, and how despite understanding that he wants to build through the draft, and he won’t pay top-dollar for mid-tier talent, neither of those have anything to do with attempting to acquire a dominant pass rusher with more than 40 sacks in his first 4 years in the league if he is indeed available.
I examine how even if Ballard were to use a couple first rounders in order to acquire Mack it wouldn’t necessarily break any of his own rules in how to build a contender. I discuss what holes Mack could cover up with his mere presence on the field, the Colts ability to contend in the division and much more.
In the second half of the show, I take a look at some of the Colts who I will be watching very closely in their preseason Week 3 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Do we really need to learn much more about some of the starters at certain positions? Most of what I am looking at is those second- and third-team players who still need to prove that they belong and can realistically contribute to the season going forward.
Denzelle Good and Malik Hooker are likely to be back in action Saturday. What should we be looking for with both of them respectively? While the starters are expected to play into the third quarter, there is much more for us to focus on than quality of performance in the early stages of their return to the field.
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