Chaz Schilens: Oakland Raiders Have Their No. 81
I believe there is a new one coming into the picture in 2010. Oakland Raider Chaz Scillens is that guy.
Schillens is seventh round steal that has the same attributes as the other two. At 6'4" 225 pounds, Schilens has sub-4.4 40 speed.
He is a polished route runner. I would even go as far as to say that Schilens has more reliable hands than Owens at this point.
If he's so good, why hasn't everyone heard of him?
Why isn't he among the league leaders in receptions and yards?
Injury is the only reason he hasn't broke out.
Schilens showed that he was going to be that guy late in the 2008. He made even Jamarcus Russell look good at the end of the season.
Schilens made catch after acrobatic catch, getting key first downs and touchdowns. Raider Nation thought good things were coming for him and Russell in 2009.
However, Schilens broke his foot in training camp and missed the first nine games of the 2009 season. While he was out, Russell was exposed as the ultimate bust. Schilens wasn't fully back until Week 17, catching eight balls for 99 yards aganist the Baltimore Ravens.
Schilens has since had another surgery to the same foot this offseason. Fortunately, it was just a cleanup that will not affect him in 2010. In fact, he has healed way ahead of schedule.
Shilens now has a legitamate quarterback in Jason Campbell. Many say that Campbell really isn't anything special. If he isn't, The Raiders will take his 3,618 and 20 touchdowns over what they've had.
But I happen to think Schilens will be the guy that makes him special.
Michael Irvin made Troy Aikman special. Marvin Harrison made Peyton Manning special. With Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, the list goes on.
Then the Raiders have Zach Miller and Darren McFadden to check down to. Aikman had Jay Novacek and Emmitt Smith. Montana had Brent Jones and Roger Craig.
Alvin Harper was the deep threat in the mix with Irvin and company. John Taylor was there to stretch the feild for Rice and his bunch. The Raiders will actually have two deep threats in the fold.
Both Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy will run some of the coverage off of Schillens. Therefore you won't see too many coverages rolled his way.
I'm expecting Schilens to break out this year as only his health has stopped him so far. If Russell was decent with Shilens there, imagine the wonders he'll do for Campbell.
Campbell has never had a height, weight, speed combination with reliable hands.
Also like the other two 81s, Schilens' break out season will open up things for others. I'm sure that Miller, Murphy, Heyward-Bey, Bush, and McFadden can hardly wait.
We must not forget that he will be put to use by Hue Jackson. He didn't have such a weapon while improving the verticle game in Baltimore last year.
That's what it means to have an 81 in your offensive huddle.
The Raider's 81 is on the way.
And you wonder why they didn't sign Owens.
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