Scouting Report: Oakland Raiders

Marques Tuiasosopo is an exceptional athlete, who has the pocket presence to buy time and create second chance throws. Charlie Garner is a very effective, versatile back, and can hurt teams rushing and receiving. Garner has exceptional speed, and quickness but has deceptive power as well. <b>In-depth scouting report inside.</b>

Injury Report
Doubtful: QB Rich Gannon (Shoulder) DT John Parrella (Groin) DE Sam Williams (Knee)
Questionable: OLB Eric Barton (Shoulder) G Mo Collins (Knee) T Lincoln Kennedy (Calf) G Frank Middleton (Quadricep) WR Jerry Porter (Abdomen) C Matt Stinchcomb (Shoulder) DT Dana Stubblefield (Ankle)
FS Rod Woodson (Knee)

OFFENSE

Strength
Marques Tuiasosopo is an exceptional athlete, who has the pocket presence to buy time and create second chance throws. Charlie Garner is a very effective, versatile back, and can kill teams rushing and receiving. Garner has exceptional speed, and quickness but has deceptive power as well. Fullback Zack Crockett is very effective in short yardage situations, namely because of low base and power leg drive. Tim Brown and Jerry Rice, are the two reliable receivers. Obviously they don’t have the great speed still, but they are still crafty route runners and do the little things right. Not deep threats, but effective in the short to intermidate passing game. Jerry Porter is the X factor. Porter’s size/speed make him a big threat from the slot, and can pose problems for defense’s all game long. Teyo Johnson is a big target in the passing game, and Doug Jolley can contribute if Oakland goes with a two tight end set.

DEPTH CHART

QB- Marques Tuiasosopo
RB- Charlie Garner
FB- Zack Crockett
LWR- Tim Brown
RWR- Jerry Rice
3WR- Jerry Porter
TE- Teyo Johnson
LT- Barry Sims
LG- Matt Stinchcomb
C- Barret Robbins
RG- Brad Badger
RT- Langston Walker
LDE- Trace Armstrong
RDE- Tyler Brayton
LDT- Dana Stubblefield
RDT- Roderick Coleman
WLB- Eric Barton
MLB- Napoleon Harris
SLB- Travian Smith
LCB- Charles Woodson
SS- Derrick Gibson
FS- Rod Woodson
RCB- Phillip Buchanon
NCB- Terrence Shaw
P- Shane Lechler
K- Sebastian Janikowski
KR- Ronney Jenkins
PR- Phillip Buchanon
LS- Adam Treu

Weakness
Questions along the offensive line. Frank Middleton, Mo Collins, and Lincoln Kennedy are all banged up, and it’s uncertain if any of them will be able to start. Marques Tuiasosopo only has an average arm, and lacks starting experience. Offense hasn’t been in sync all year, and the loss of Gannon doesn’t make things any better.

DEFENSE

Strength
Trace Armstrong/Tyler Brayton are a solid run stopping duo. The Raiders have an array of reserve pass rushers including DeLawrence Grant and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Rod Coleman is a quick gap shooter, and is a very effective rusher up the middle. Dana Stubblefield is still a great technician who can still consistently stuff the run. Napoleon Harris is an up and coming middle linebacker, who does a great job against the pass and run. Harris size, speed and range make him a dangerous defender. Eric Barton is a solid player with great read/reaction skills. Barton is tough against the run and has range in coverage. Charles Woodson is a complete player. Few do a better job of shutting down a side of the field. Woodson has practically no glaring weakness, and is one of the NFL’s elite players. Phillip Buchanon is a great young talent who is an amazing athlete, and is superb in man coverage. Safety Rod Woodson is a step slower, but is still an instinctive playmaker from his safety spot.

Weakness
Travian Smith lacks coverage skills and is poor at diagnosing a play. Smith is more of an athletic special teamer than linebacker. The starting defensive ends, Brayton and Armstrong, won’t provide much of a pass rush, and have trouble playing in space. The safeties Derrick Gibson and Rod Woodson lack speed and range, which can hurt the deep support for the corners. The Overall run defense has been lackluster and the loss of John Parrella and Bill Romanowski will hurt this defense. Many of the defensive starters will be playing with injury.

SPECIAL TEAMS

One of the best special teams in the league. Shane Lechler has a very strong leg, and is very good at kicking inside the 20. Sebastian Janikowski has a cannon for leg. Not always the most accurate, but his range is farther than most kickers in the NFL. Adam Treu is an adequate long snapper and rarely makes a mistake. Returner Ronney Jenkins does a superb job of finding running lanes and is patient with his blockers. Phillip Buchanon is a great athlete and can make big plays on returns.


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