Oakland Raiders: 5 Raiders Who Will Become Household Names This Year
The Oakland Raiders are loaded with young and athletic talent. Last season, the Raider Nation witnessed future stars being born.
Over 70 percent of the Raiders roster is under 30 years old and they are being coached by a guy who knows how to develop young talent.
While these next five guys might be well-known to the Raider Nation, they aren't household names yet.
Let's take a look at five guys who will become household names after the 2011 season.
Hue Jackson expects Jacoby Ford to become a household name in 2011. Ford had a solid rookie year, and at times you wondered if this guy was a Pro Bowl receiver.
Ford is not only a playmaking receiver, but he is also a dangerous kick returner who will add punt returns to his resume in 2011.
Don't be shocked if Ford becomes bigger and better than Devin Hester and Joshua Cribbs. Ford showed flashes of just how great he can be. Not only did he dominate games on special teams, but he dominated games as a receiver.
Hester and Cribbs have shown they can make an impact on special teams but have not been consistent threats in the passing game. Ford will show the world he can do both in 2011.
McClain had a respectable rookie season with 85 tackles and one interception, but he'll have to do more than that in his second year.
He led Alabama to a national title in 2009, and soon after, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban called him one of the smartest players he's ever coached.
McClain should benefit from Oakland's strong front line and from his experience in his rookie season. Look for McClain to make more big plays on defense in his second year.
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Perhaps Sapp forgot that it took him three years to get 10 sacks in a season.
Look for Houston to get 10 sacks in his second year as a pro. With the offensive line worried about Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, Houston should take advantage of the one-on-ones.
He is one of the most athletic players on the Raiders defense and he should enjoy a great 2011 season—perhaps a trip to the Pro Bowl.
If Nnamdi Asomugha leaves the Raiders during the offseason, Stanford Routt will be covering the opposing teams' best receivers.
Quarterbacks will test Routt often in 2011 to see exactly what he is made of. Routt is faster than Asomugha and his coverage skills were not that bad in 2010.
Both Routt and Asomugha allowed one reception for every three passes that were thrown their way.
That is a pretty impressive number for Routt considering the fact that he played opposite of Asomugha the whole season. He was thrown at 99 times, compared to Asomugha's 33 times, and still managed to have the same burn percentage as his Pro Bowl teammate.
He could be among the leaders in interceptions in 2011 because teams will not be afraid to test him. Asomugha and Darrelle Revis led the league in interceptions before teams started throwing less balls to their side.
So 2011 could be Routt's time to shine.
Jason Campbell is not considered an elite QB up to this point in his career, but after the 2011 season, that could change.
Campbell is finally on a team that trusts him and wants him to be the future of the franchise. He is entering the second year under the same offense for only the second time in his career. He doesn't have to focus on learning a whole new system and can finally focus on execution.
He is also surrounded by a very talented and young team with plenty of upside. If the offensive line can give Campbell the protection he needs and deserves, this could easily be his best season as a pro.
There is no doubt that Campbell knows he is the guy and is taking on the leadership role as the quarterback. With a quarterback-friendly head coach, a Pro Bowl tight end, an explosive running game and talented receivers, the sky is the limit for Campbell in 2011.
These five players will be making plenty of highlights that the world will see in 2011, and they will become household names.
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