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Raiders hoping for big return out of Edwards in 2017

By Sam McGaw
May 19, 2017
Oakland Raiders Mario Edwards Jr.

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Oakland Raiders defensive end (97) Mario Edwards Jr. gets by Arizona Cardinals tackle (68) Jared Veldheer and tackles quarterback (3) Carson Palmer during a preseason game played at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/John Cordes)
  • 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.

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