2024 Offseason Roster

Rank
4
Malcolm Koonce

Malcolm Koonce
Las Vegas Raiders · DE · Age: 26

The Raiders aren’t being mysterious about how they want to play football under head coach Antonio Pierce, who earned the full-time job after taking over for the fired Josh McDaniels as interim coach last year. They’re going to be led by a physical defense, and Koonce is about to become a bigger name because of that. He’s already shown what he can do, based on his eight sacks last season. But the Raiders just gave a huge free-agent deal to defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who’s proven to be a disruptive player against both the run and pass. Las Vegas also has one of the best edge rushers in football playing on the other side of the line in Maxx Crosby. The Raiders already had a top-10 scoring defense last season. The odds of that group improving immensely are strong right now.

Koonce looked like a blossoming star late in 2023, producing two sacks in a 63-21 win over the Chargers in Week 15, then logging a three-sack effort in a 20-14 win over Kansas City a week later. In fact, Koonce finished with six sacks in his last four games last season. You know Pierce can’t wait to see what this fourth-year veteran does in a contract year. The coach already has been talking about how he has rules for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes that rival what the Detroit Pistons used to handle Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan back in the late 1980s. The belief back then was that Detroit had to beat up Jordan to beat the Bulls. We’ll see if the Raiders can accomplish the same thing with Mahomes, but Koonce's continued improvement would go a long way toward making that dream a reality.


 
Rank
4
Malcolm Koonce

Malcolm Koonce
Las Vegas Raiders · DE · Age: 26

The Raiders aren’t being mysterious about how they want to play football under head coach Antonio Pierce, who earned the full-time job after taking over for the fired Josh McDaniels as interim coach last year. They’re going to be led by a physical defense, and Koonce is about to become a bigger name because of that. He’s already shown what he can do, based on his eight sacks last season. But the Raiders just gave a huge free-agent deal to defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who’s proven to be a disruptive player against both the run and pass. Las Vegas also has one of the best edge rushers in football playing on the other side of the line in Maxx Crosby. The Raiders already had a top-10 scoring defense last season. The odds of that group improving immensely are strong right now.

Koonce looked like a blossoming star late in 2023, producing two sacks in a 63-21 win over the Chargers in Week 15, then logging a three-sack effort in a 20-14 win over Kansas City a week later. In fact, Koonce finished with six sacks in his last four games last season. You know Pierce can’t wait to see what this fourth-year veteran does in a contract year. The coach already has been talking about how he has rules for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes that rival what the Detroit Pistons used to handle Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan back in the late 1980s. The belief back then was that Detroit had to beat up Jordan to beat the Bulls. We’ll see if the Raiders can accomplish the same thing with Mahomes, but Koonce's continued improvement would go a long way toward making that dream a reality.


6 sacks in 4 games, I knew he came on strong end of season but god damn
 
6 sacks in 4 games, I knew he came on strong end of season but god damn
Including against the SB champs in their house. Koonce now holds by himself the record of most sacks against Mahomes in a single game—besting Crosby’s 2 prior to that.
 
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