The Oakland Raiders are now pressing on after losing the services of Zach Miller and Nnamdi Asomugha. There are many that see the two losses as devastating to their chances of building on last year's 8-8 record.
I don't see it that way.
Asomugha is the best corner in the game today, but the Raiders handcuffed themselves with his large salary. The rest of the team has to be good in order for a corner to have an impact on a team anyway.
I guess that's why Asomugha is in Philadelphia.
Miller is far from the best at his position and wanted Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzales money. The Seahawks gave it to him, but Miller has made only one Pro Bowl, and that was because two tight ends were injured.
Not only is Miller not worth that type of money but the Raiders upgraded at the position. Kevin Boss is better, and David Ausberry is former wide receiver that figures to be a much better down the field receiver.
In the long run, Ausberry alone will be an upgrade.
Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson are good enough to win with at corner and the depth will be fine too. Michael Huff will likely be the nickel corner with DeMarcus Van Dyke coming on along with Chimdi Chekwa.
The offensive line has improved immensely, and Rolando McClain looks ready to take the next step. The receiver corps has also significantly improved, so I'm ready to predict a good year of the Raiders.
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