Last night I re-watched the Oakland Raiders fourth preseason game in its entirety. There were a few players who stood out on tape, one of them was defensive end David Bass. Throughout the game Bass was using his non-stop motor to pressure the quarterback. It looked like Bass could be the Raiders most effective pass rusher this season and be a building block for the future. However, the Raiders shockingly released Bass today.
I have no clue why the Raiders would release a young rookie like Bass, especially because they have no depth at the position. This move reminds me of the time the Raiders cut 7th round pick Stevie Brown, who ended up having a stellar career with the New York Giants. Second year player Jack Crawford and Bass were the only defensive lineman who made any real noise during preseason. During mini-camp Bass was one of the few defensive standouts because of his ability to lineup as a 3-4 outside linebacker and a 4-3 defensive end.
Hopefully, Bass slips through the cracks and gets signed to the practice squad but that is far from guaranteed. The Raiders decision to keep four quarterbacks could partly be blamed for Bass’s release. Dennis Allen and Reggie Mckenzie definitely have some explaining to do on their decision to release one of their top young pass rushers.