Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski made big strides for the Las Vegas Raiders last season.
Kwiatkoski had a total of 81 tackles, including 53 solos. He booked three tackles for losses and two quarterback hits. Kwiatkoski also added an interception and one forced fumble.
His performance earned him a Pro Football Focus coverage grade of 75.3, a career-best for the linebacker.
Kwiatkoski also had three pass breaks up, career-high, as well as 30 defensive steps, also a career-best.
He outperformed expectations so well last season that he was named the most underrated player on the Raiders by PFF.
It was impressive on Kwiatkoski’s part, as it was his first season in Silver and Black. He also had to work with a new defensive coordinator midway through the season, as Paul Guenther was fired. Rod Marinelli served as the interim defensive coordinator for the remainder of the 2020 season before Gus Bradley was hired from the Los Angeles Chargers as the permanent replacement.
That Kwiatkoski is underrated also is apparent when it is taken into account that he is the playmaker on the defense. He is the one leading the defense on the field.
Considering he did all of this in only 12 games, as he missed a couple of games due to injury, is impressive.
Raider Nation, don’t sleep on Kwiatkoski.
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