Raiders rookie FS Trevon Moehrig already earning ‘quiet assassin’ moniker

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Rookie FS Tre’von Moehrig is making a strong impression on his teammates already through training camp and one preseason game. And it carried over into the team’s scrimmage with the Rams this week, with Moehrig picking off a Matt Stafford pass on the second play of the day.

“Tre’von has done a great job since he’s been here,” said Maxx Crosby. “Super humble kid . . . And just seeing what he does. Every single day, he’s the same guy and that’s what you want. Somebody who’s consistent.”

Since the Jim Thorpe Award winner was selected at 43 overall, he was pegged as the opening day starter for the Raiders. Once he got the defensive scheme down, he stepped in with the first team. That mean in one week’s time he went from starting the preseason opener against the Seahawks, facing the likes of Darren Waller in practice, and then the Rams high-powered offense in scrimmages.

Waller has noticed the kind of player and presence Moehrig has been in the Raiders secondary.

“A very calm presence about him,” Waller said of Moehrig. “He doesn’t have to be loud or anything, but at the same time he just lets his play do the talking. Those are the kind of guys that I just respect from the gate. It’s a very ego-driven game as you can see by everybody fighting and everything, but you got guys like him that can just be quiet assassins. Just go out there and handle their jobs and I just respect that so much. I’m just so excited to see him get out there and just patrol centerfield and go red line to red line.”

“Quiet Assassin.” That’s a nice nickname if you can keep it.

There are a lot of great nicknames in Raiders history. One of the greatest belonged to safety Jack Tatum who was dubbed ‘The Assassin’. So, it’s fitting that the newest safety on the Raiders might take on a spinoff nickname of sorts.

And, yeah, it might be too early to be talking nicknames. But best to be prepared if/when that time comes. There is another preseason game coming up Saturday against the Rams for Moehrig to continue to prove himself.

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