2. Storm Norton
There is another rookie that you could throw in this list in Rashawn Slater but like Samuel, Slater has already made a name for himself. Slater has been fantastic through three weeks for the Bolts and if there was no offensive lineman bias then he would be the front-runner for the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Instead, the offensive lineman that could make a name for himself is the starting right tackle in this game, Storm Norton. Norton is starting in place of Bryan Bulaga, who played the first half against Washington and has not played since.
Norton's performance for the Bolts has been a real case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He came into the game in Week 1 and did pretty well in the second half. He was far from perfect, but considering the circumstances, it could have been much worse.
Norton then had a really bad game in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys, which was more concerning considering the team played inside linebacker Micah Parsons at defensive end — a position he hadn't played since high school.
Parsons is freakishly athletic but his pass-rush moves were not the most complex but it did not matter. Norton continuously got beat with inside moves and it was a bad showing for the swing tackle.
Norton responded with another solid game in Week 3 against Frank Clark and the Chiefs. Again, it was far from perfect, but it was definitely good enough.
Raider fans and some NFL pundits are already penciling the Raiders in to get pressure on Justin Herbert with the duo of Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue. If Slater does what he does all season and Norton holds up then the team will be getting very little pressure on Herbert and Norton will get the spotlight shined on him.