Oakland Raiders Merry X-Mas: A Few Unsung Heroes Of The 2010 Season

Vic LContributor IDecember 24, 2010

Oakland Raiders Merry X-Mas: A Few Unsung Heroes Of The 2010 Season

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  The Raiderettes cheer during the Denver Broncos game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    We all know the big names in Oakland, Seymour, Nnamdi, McFadden etc.

    But this slide is for the guys who do their job every Sunday, but still get no pub.

    The glue guys, the dirty workers, the surprises for 2010.

    These players have help make the season worth watching, a Christmas Gift for the Other Guys.  

Matt Shaughnessy, Defensive End

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 03:  Matt Shaughnessy #77 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 3, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    This Richard Seymour clone is one of those young core players with a bright future.

    A Third Round pick in the '09 Draft, this Wisconsin product was thought to be an injury risk out of college.

    In his second season, he has become a steady and reliable presence at DE. 58 tackles, and 7 sacks so far in 2010 and we still got two games left.

    With big defensive names such as Seymour, Nnamdi, and Rookie Rolando McClain it has been easy to overlook Shaughnessy's impact.

    Or maybe it just his long last name? Either way, he deserves some recognition for Christmas.

Hiram Eugene, Free Safety/ Special Teams

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  Safety Hiram Eugene #31 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during warm ups prior to facing the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/G
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    Truly the othergGuy, I was thinking Hiram Eugene should have been cut this off season.

    The Raiders had other plans and kept Eugene as a backup and special teamer.

    Can you say good move?

    Hiram has been a awesome on special teams, having a knack for being in the right spot at the right time.

    #31 Scored a TD off the Blocked Punt in WK5, and continues to be a steady presence on Special Teams.

    Of course, his stats won't amaze you, but if you watch every Sunday I'm sure you've taken notice.

    #31 definitely deserves some Pro Bowl recognition this year.

Jared Veldheer, Left Tackle

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Offensive lineman Jared Veldheer of Hillsdale runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty I
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    Yes you know his name, Yes you know he is a rookie.

    But do you realize he has solidified one of the most crucial positions in football?

    I just don't think this ROOKIE! gets enough recognition.

    Mel Kiper recently did a Re-Do 2010 Mock Draft, and guess what? This Hillsdale(Where?) product was determined to be a first round pick.

    What a steal!

    Some writers have pointed out Veldheer's flaws (sorry Carl) poor technique, short arms, no big time experience etc.

    But the bottom line is the Oakland Raiders have their left tackle of the future, and we can now forget not so super Mario. (im worried with him on the Right side this week).

    Sure Veldheer has given up some sacks, but once again remember he is a ROOKIE! and can only get better.

    He has a bright future.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Wide Receiver (Satire)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders attempts to catch a pass while defended by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sept
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    Well we cant forget the importance of DHB this season.

    Sure he hasn't caught many balls, or scored many touchdowns, but hey, did you see that screen he gave in the Charger game! Wow exciting!

    Hey, dont forget how he stretches the defense. You know, he runs as fast as he can down the sidelines hoping the safety and DB forget he couldnt catch a cold.

    Sorry DHB lovers, I know you're out there. I haven't given up on the guy, seems like a hard worker, but being a wide receiver requires more than just straight line speed.

    At least we have Jacoby Ford to help forget that #7 pick.

    Merry Christmas (Hope Santa Delivers some Hands)

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