Scott turns heads with game against Jets

The Raiders still don't know when defensive end Derrick Burgess will return to the lineup but the team is a little less concerned after seeing what rookie Trevor Scott did in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Scott, Oakland's sixth-round pick out of the University of Buffalo, had his best game of the year against New York as part of the Raiders' three-man rotation at defensive end along with Jay Richardson and Kalimba Edwards. Scott had two keys sacks of Jets quarterback Brett Favre, including one on New York's first possession in overtime.

"I love his relentlessness and certainly he's very quick for that position," interim head coach Tom Cable said Monday, less than 24 hours after the Raiders' 16-13 win that snapped their three-game losing streak. "I thought early he seemed like a rookie, didn't quite get it. He played at Buffalo, had some successes because he would play longer and harder than the guy he was playing against. He's quick. But you get to this level and it's a lot more than that. It's really your mind and how you prepare it and how you take care of your body. All those guys go through learning how to do that."

Scott didn't get a lot of playing time early in the year and spent most of his time on special teams. But once Burgess suffered a triceps strain that limited his playing time, Oakland began to lean more on the rookie.

"The whole D line was saying it's time to grow up," Scott said. "You can't worry about being a rookie, you can't worry about any of that stuff. Just go out there and play like you can."

Neither of the sacks were the result of anything spectacular. Instead, Scott used a simple quick rush to the outside before dipping back underneath to get to the quarterback. He did that to perfection for his first sack, starting to his left before coming back inside to split a double-team effort on his way to sacking Favre.

" We're always talking about setting up our moves," Scott said. "I just kept trying to hit him with speed, hit him with speed, hit him with speed. Eventually he's going to jump out there because he sees me … so that's why I came back underneath."

Scott's emergence is encouraging because the Raiders are continuing to list Burgess as day-to-day. He hasn't practiced since Oct. 6 when he aggravated his triceps strain during the bye week.

Richardson and Edwards are likely to continue to start until Burgess returns but expect Scott to become a bigger part of the rotation now that the coaching staff has seen what he can do.


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