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Raiders 2nd Preseason Game: A Loss and a Win!

FL Raider GirlAnalyst IAugust 15, 2008

Here we are, two games into pre-season, and things look better. Russel is starting to make educated decisions in and out of the pocket. No interceptions. Yeah, he got sacked once, but it was centimeters away from being just a tackle. McFadden, Bush and Fargas are set. Our defense is looking more and more like 2 years ago, but better. The tackling is much better than last year. Mostly on our 1st squad, but I see flashes on our 2nd and 3rd.

The receivers still need work, but, like I have said before, ZACH MILLER IS THE MAN. This guy will be a pro-bowler. There's no doubt in my mind. He is phenomenal. Quick feet, great hands, nice instincts. He's gonna be Russel's bread and butter for a long time.

Don't even get me started on our secondary. Hall, Asomugha, Wilson and Huff, forget it. Monsters!

Tommy Kelly is looking pretty good out there. A lot better than I expected. Moving his position was a good idea.  The only negative thing I have to say is that there was too many turnovers. Granted they were made by our 3rd stringers, except Higgins. (With Higgins, that was just a stupid mistake) Mario Henderson, I see exactly why Kiffin is talking kind of negative about him. He is not holding his ground and protecting the QB. Hopefully Kiffin can correct or rectify that before regular season.

I actually want to add a few words about Chaz Shillens. This guy needs to be made a starter. He's got a fire in him that needs to be out there.  Like Miller, he's got good hands and fast feet. I think we've got something in this kid.

So, even though todays game was a loss on paper, we still won it in my heart. Great pre-season game to both teams.

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