Nothing stops our Tuesday Raiders Mailbag – nothing.
Even though the team is currently in the midst of a five-game skid, we’re here to answer your questions – both good and bad – and breakdown everything we’ve seen thus far from the Silver and Black.
Next up for the Raiders is a winnable game against the 2-7 Arizona Cardinals – more on them later – onto your questions.
From Ej Lopez: Why don't we see more of Ateman?
EP: EJ, from your lips to the ears of the head coach. In all seriousness though, it sounds like we’re going to get our first look at the athletic rookie this Sunday in Arizona. After he was promoted to the active roster on October 23, the former Oklahoma State Cowboy has been a healthy inactive each week, but don’t be surprised if Ateman gets his number called this weekend. Without the services of Martavis Bryant and likely Jordy Nelson – for who knows how long remains to be seen – the next man up will be No. 88. Ateman appeared to build up quite the rapport with Derek Carr throughout training camp and the preseason; I’m fired up to see how he looks in legitimate game action.
From Rick Gandara: Where can I get a t-shirt like that?
EP: Just to get everyone up to speed, we take your questions during our Raiders Live show we do each Tuesday, and the shirt Rick is referring to is the one that Chris Townsend and I were rocking on the air today. So, Rick, to answer your question, you can get your very own Raiders Foundation shirt at raiderimage.com or just by clicking this link, here.
Not only do the shirts look sweet, and feel super comfy, but between now and March 31, 2019 the net proceeds from sales of the shirt benefit the Raiders Foundation which will direct the funds to programs that support the families of fallen military heroes.
You get a cool t-shirt, and you help out a worthy cause – seems like a win/win to me.
From Carlton Wavy: Are you concerned about the status of the rookie tackles?
EP: Concerned? I don’t know if I’d go that far, but both Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker will have their hands full this weekend as they try to limit Chandler Jones. Headed into week 11, Jones ranks seventh in the NFL with 8.5 sacks, and simply put, the man has been a beast in 2018. As far as the rookie tackles though, they’ve no doubt had their ups and downs this year, but I have to say, the ups have been pretty darn good. Now, are there instances that the pair of young linemen would like to have back? No doubt about it, but by and large, their effort has been a net positive for the Silver and Black this year.
That said, I’ll be keeping a close eye on them Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium.
From Greg Westbrook: What players have a shot at making the Pro Bowl this year?
EP: We actually talked about this very thing earlier today on “Raiders Live” too. The two guys that I think actually have a really good chance of ending their season in Orlando are Rodney Hudson and Jared Cook. Hudson has been the guiding force of the Raiders offensive line, but when you think about how many moving pieces he’s had to deal with this year, his play is even more impressive. Not to be outdone, Jared Cook is on pace to deliver a career year, and has been the most-consistent receiving weapon out wide for Derek Carr. The team’s record might not be there in 2018, but that doesn’t mean we should discount the impressive individual performances we’ve seen thus far. In fact, Pro Bowl voting opened Tuesday; the link to vote for all your favorite Raiders is here.
Take a look through the top images from the Raiders' game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10 at the Coliseum.