Oakland Raiders

Jihad Ward working with Raiders' first-team during offseason

Oakland Raiders second-round defensive lineman Jihad Ward saw snaps with the first-team defense during the offseason program.

What It Means:

Head coach Jack Del Rio also said Ward was "a little quicker" than he anticipated. Ward probably will not beat out Mario Edwards Jr. or Denico Autry for a starting job at end, but he should be an important part of the defensive line rotation as a rookie.

Our algorithms project Edwards for 51.59 tackles and 4.04 sacks this year. The Raiders' defense ranked 22nd in Adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play in 2015.