Oakland Raiders: 10 Players Who Are Getting It Done For The Silver and Black
The Raiders lost heart breaker on Sunday and there was plenty of blame to go around for it. In the last article, I focused on the Raiders that didn't it done on Sunday.
In a close game, we had just as many Raiders that did get it done on Sunday.
In this article, I will cover those people.
Turn the page to see who they are.
Jacoby Ford was a bright spot on the special teams.
With a 27.7 yard average on kick returns, he definitely improved the Raider's starting field position. His speed alone will make opposing special teams coaches think about how to kick the ball to the Raiders.
Ford's 40 yard return on Sunday was an exciting glimpse of what he can do.
I can't wait to see him get lose in future games
The Raiders only allowed 120 yards passing so free safety Michael Huff will get some credit there. But that is not the reason I'm saying that Huff got it done on Sunday.
He made tackles!
Part of being a free safety is being a last line of defense and Huff did a good job with that on Sunday. The Raider defense has given up big runs for touchdowns in the preseason and in week one.
I got all over Michael Huff for not making tackles to save the touchdowns. Huff didn't look pretty in doing it but gave his body up and made the plays when Beanie Wells got lose on Sunday.
The Raiders didn't win Sunday (Thanks to Sebastien Janikowski) but the Raider run defense is now ranked higher. This week the Raider run defense ranking went from number 29 to 23.
Why is this important?
The answer is two-fold.
One, it improves the unit's confidence at stopping the run and confidence is everything to a young team. Then other teams will game plan differently as the Raider's reputation against the run improves.
I like the Raiders chances if opposing teams throw more at the Raider secondary.
The Raiders ran the ball pretty well Sunday.
The job that Daniel Loper has done in the place of injured Robert Gallery has everything to do with it. It makes you wonder why he's not on the other side where the guard position is a problem.
Cable has admitted to being impressed with the work Loper has done in Gallery's place.
So how about moving him to the right side when the Raider's best offensive lineman comes back?
He just may be the second best offensive lineman the Raiders have.
Shane Lechler punted well on Sunday.
He's a regular at getting it done because he's the best in business.
The perennial Pro Bowler had a 51.8 yard average Sunday.
I especially enjoyed the one that he killed inside the five yard line.
That was just one of two that he killed inside the 20.
The Cardinals only averaged 1.5 yards per return on Lechler's orbit reaching punts.
He needs to bring Janikowski up to his level.
Zach Miller is another one of the few Raiders to get it done over the years.
He will continue to do so if Gradkowski allows him to.
Miller had a 22 yard touchdown catch then Gradkowski would go on to miss him for two more. Gradkowski also missed Miller on a crucial third down play.
Miller is the Raiders most consistent weapon in the passing game even with Chaz Shilens in the lineup. Gradkowski needs to make the throws as Miller is one of the best tight ends in the game today.
A good quarterback can move Miller even higher up the list.
The Raiders need him to make the chains move.
Rolando McClain is looking much like the rookie of the year.
Getting it done on Sunday is a part of that look.
McClain only had six tackles on the day but he was still impressive. He did a good job with the cerebral part as he lined the defense up and made the calls that were supposed to be made.
He was also physical as he threw Beanie Wells around like a 180 pound highschool running back. He also showed some intimidation factor as he had some footballs dropped in his area.
And all this kid is going to do is get better.
Luis Murphy is proving that last year was no fluke.
He got it done Sunday with five catches for 119 yards that included a 70 yarder. He would have had another big play if Gradkowski's throw didn't cause Murphy to go to the ground on an open post route.
But Murphy is looking to be a regular here as he has had over 90 yards receiving in two straight games. This is a follow up to last year's stretch of big plays at the closing moments of games.
This is the year that Murphy looks to go from Mr. Clutch to Mr. Consistent.
He's on his way.
Richard Seymour was a beast on Sunday!
He's another Raider regular at getting it done too.
He spent most of the game in the Cardinals backfield as 3 of his six tackles were for a loss. He also added a sack to go with his numerous pressures in the game.
He did all this against All-World right guard Alan Faneca.
Seymour is going back to the Pro Bowl himself this year.
I don't think there's better three technique in the game today.
Darren McFadden is outrunning his bust label this year.
He is starting to become a regular himself at getting it done this season.
McFadden had 25 carries, for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game. That makes it twice in a row that McFadden had rushed for over 100 yards and it should be three.
McFadden had 95 yards on 18 carries in week one but the score wouldn't allow the Raiders keep running.
McFadden is now preparing to welcome Michael Bush back to the Raider backfield.
But McFadden will still get his as the Raiders run enough for the both of them.
Nnamdi Asomugha showed the league who the best corner in the game is Sunday. He held Larry Fitzgerald to one catch for 18 yards as he shadowed Fitzgerald for most of the day.
Asomugha covered Fitzgerald like a blanket.
He even went with Fitzgerald into the stands when he went to get a hot dog.
Then the Raiders mysteriously went into zone coverage in the red zone.
That's when Fitzgerald caught an eight yard touchdown pass.
That brought Fitzgerald's numbers to 2 catches for 26 yards and a touchdown.
I hope you enjoyed the slide show.