Schilens Injury a Blessing In Disguise?

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIAugust 19, 2009

  No doubt, Schilens is the Raiders best WR so far in camp.  He finished last season strong and kept it up against Dallas with 5 catches for 52 yards.  But in training camp I think it is more important to build up players than watch good players continue to play the way they do.  When Schilens comes back (early in the regular season) he will be the best WR on the team but for now the Raiders can find out just who else is capable of being a starting WR.  Even though Schilens is Russell's best WR Russell can still throw to TE Zach Miller, hand the ball off to the terrific trio or throw a screen pass to McFadden and let him run with it.  With Schilens missing the rest of the pre-season, the Raiders can try to find another underrated, unheard of prospect like the way we discovered Schilens when he started last year because of injuries the the well-known WRs.  So while it sucks that the Raiders lost Russell's go-to-guy, now we have a chance to see if another WR came break out.