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Friday, June 23, 2006

Oakland Raider Potential Pro Bowlers

Today I decided to take a look at our Roster and see what players have potential to make the Pro Bowl. It is early and things like injuries can stop these guys from being honored but this is more of a look at potential and possibilities.

Should be in
These are the guys that have the potential and are expected to play like Pro Bowlers. Injuries are their main hurdle for missing the Pro Bowl.

    Randy Moss
    Moss is the most talented receiver in the League. He put up 1000 yards last year while not 100% and dealing with poor coaching and an inconsistent QB. If he puts up respectable numbers, he is a guarantee.

    Derrick Burgess
    He led the NFL in sacks last season and was the Raiders only Pro Bowler. With improvements on defense, he shouldn't be any worse.

    Shane Lechler
    Lechler has the highest punting average in NFL history. There just isn't any punter better in the NFL.

    Robert Gallery
    Art Shell has said he expects Gallery to be mentioned for the Pro Bowl this year. After moving back to Left Tackle and having HOF coaches, Gallery should shine.

    Sebastian Janikowski
    I know he struggled last season but Shell has also said there is no reason Jano shouldn't be in the Pro Bowl. He has one of the strongest legs in the NFL and one of the elite Kickers, Vanderjagt, is no longer in the AFC.

Could be in
These are some players that are not expected to be Pro Bowlers but could easily have seasons good enough to get them there.

    Warren Sapp
    Sapp is getting older and isn't the player he once was, but he had 5 sacks before getting injured last season and the emrgence of Derrick Burgess and addition of Lance Johnstone will force teams to focus on the pass rush from the edge. If he stays healthy, he has a chance.

    Aaron Brooks
    It's not easy competing for Pro Bowl spots with guys like Payton Manning and Tom Brady, but Brooks has the potential and the talent surrounding him to do it. Brooks should be excited to be a Raider.

    Lamont Jordan
    Jordan faces some pretty stiff competition from guys like Larry Johnson and LT but the extemely talented WR core and improved O-Line should help him.

    Michael Huff
    He may be a rookie, but if he performs like expected he will have a good chance.

I realize that their are other players with potential on the roster that could also make it that aren't mentioned above. These guys haven't done anything Pro Bowl worthy yet but you never know who will step up. These guys are guys like Stuart Scheigert, Jake Grove, Jerry Porter, Ronald Curry, Doug Gabriel and Nnamdi Asomugha.

It would be satisfying if we could at least send 4 or 5 guys to Hawaii at the end of this season and we definitely have the potential to do that.


Blogger Ayman said...

Fabian Washington is already a pro bowler you just don't know it yet!

6/23/2006 12:24 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

I hope you're right. He has the speed to cover anyone and Asomugha has the size, so they work pretty well together.

6/23/2006 1:22 PM  
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6/23/2006 1:41 PM  
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6/23/2006 3:29 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Fabulous Fabian Washington took some major strides last year by being thrown into the fire earlier than expected when C-Wood went down. He needs to continue to work on his technique but he is well on his way to becoming a top-tier coverage CB.

Asomougha has great physical tools but he needs to become more aggressive and use his size & strength to his advantage. Last year I would give him a grade of C primarily because his coverage was soft and he gave too big of a cushion between himself and the WR.

I think Huff will reach Hawaii before both Washington & Asomogha. The other thing I'm excited about is that Huff's play will our corners to be more aggressive knowing that Huff has their back.

6/23/2006 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raiders will not likely get too many Pro Bowlers any more. They suck.

9/03/2006 4:26 PM  

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