While everyone in the media continues to act typically towards the Raiders by rocking the boat with criticism, it is important to make note of a few things.
No. 1: The Raiders roster has to go from 84 to 80 before July 29, the start of training camp.
You could say, "but why cut Frantz Joseph, that is a speed thing, he deserves to put on pads."
Let me just say that anyone who reads my articles consistently knows I am a huge Joseph supporter. Just imagine what the guy could've done playing behind BJ Raji and Ron Brace if he'd been able to go to Boston College.
Because Joseph is such a loyal son to his mom, he may be finding it difficult to juggle both of his emotional obligations. It may be hard to focus on the game and also feel like he is on top of his mother's condition 3000 miles away.
Unfortunately, that is life and it is what it is.
Perhaps Joseph didn't really show what he had in the tank. Maybe his head was not in Oakland, perhaps it was in Florida. We do not know...we are not in his head.
Maybe he is hoping to sign tenure with the Dolphins—who could use an MLB, they just love Channing Crowder so much.
Jacksonville is in Florida and they like defense; maybe that could work out for him.
As is Tampa Bay, who just lost Derrick Brooks and is looking for a replacement (and several other things).
Bottom line is, what Oakland did was novel. They cut him before training camp, so he could try and get on another squad before the season gets in full swing.
They gave him a place to be amongst professional athletes, get a feel for how the pro game is (careful Elkins), and a place to work out this offseason free of charge. Well done Al and Tom.
Stryker Sulak is a little bit of a different story. He didn't really make any noise in college. We might have thought for a second or two that they had dug up Trevor Scott part two. Obviously not the case. I heard he had issues with what they wanted to pay him.
Come again? You're a sixth rounder...no pick-your-pay at that level.
You know they were negotiating too, because they signed their other sixth round pick the next day.
Nice name, good sized guy, but Cable's thing is if you don't want to be here, then get out.
There is really no room at a crowded defensive end position anyway. If Burgess was gone, maybe...but he's not...yet. We all know about Mizzou's defense. Ha.
Keith Davis is a shocker even to me. We need safety help badly. The rumor mill is cooking and it smells like Michael Huff could get cut on the 53-man cut if he doesn't earn a starting role.
David Nixon is a name I like to bring up here. There are a lot of potential LB's here, and with Nixon's size (6'3", 225 pounds) and his speed (which I believe was in the 4.5-40 range) he could be a fit at strong safety.
Davis just ran his mouth too much, stating that he was, in part, responsible for the Greg Ellis signing. Saying that Jeff Garcia gave the team a better shot to win right now.
Stirring the locker room, another thing Tom Cable didn't want to do. Davis should just SHHHH and be quiet on his next team—and maybe he can make it to training camp.
So you see, Raiders and Raiderettes, don't fret: The sky is not falling.
We are just cleaning up aisle six. We will clean up aisle five before the start of training camp. It will likely include a wide receiver or two, and a quarterback or two, and perhaps the extra punter?
During and after training camp and preseason, we will be cleaning up aisles four, three, and two as well. This will likely include more players that you have a fondness for, while excluding players that are locks.
Eventually, everything will be in aisle one, and we will be able to see it all clearly. It will all line up straight.
Raider Nation, don't get your panties all bunched up yet...these guys probably weren't going to see the field much anyway. I know your friends in the media just want to always blow things out of proportion, but really put your game faces on.
Remember JaMarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, Zach Miller, Thomas Howard, Kirk Morrison, Nnamdi Asomugha, and all the other sure-fire starters are still here.
Ditch the hangover, and let's start drinking again!