Nick Miller and Four Other Raiders Who Should Be Released

Jim BarndollarContributor IIISeptember 24, 2011

Nick Miller and Four Other Raiders Who Should Be Released

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    The Oakland Raiders face a critical junction in their young season. The result of their next three games will largely influence the team moving forward. 

    This Sunday they will have the support of the entire Nation of Raider fans when they take on the Jets at the Coliseum in Oakland. It would go a long way to healing the wounds of a painful loss to Buffalo if the Raiders can hand the Jets their first defeat of the season.

    After this weekend the Raiders will face the Patriots and Texans. These three games will define their early season and show all the NFL where they stand against the elite teams in the league. 

    It is my opinion that the Raiders should have made moves before reaching this point. It is now critical that they cut their losses with some of their non-contributing players and attempt to fill in some of their weaknesses. 

Nick Miller

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    For anyone who has read about my feelings on Nick Miller, I apologize that I must go over this again. 

    He does not do anything for this team.

    He is not even a serviceable wide receiver.

    He cannot return kickoffs or punts.

    The only person he can juke is the five yard line.....with nobody else around.

    He has repeatedly hurt the Raiders offense with terrible field position.

    In the Denver game, he allowed a punt to bounce at the 15 yard line instead of signaling for a fair catch—we started at the two yard line.

    Do I need to mention the Buffalo game for those who got up to use the restroom each time he was fielding a kick?

    Four yards deep in the end zone and usually starting at about the 12 to 16-yard line.

    He honestly fell down with nobody around him.  It was pathetic.

    I'm sorry, Miller, your time has come and gone. With Denarius Moore fielding punts and Taiwan Jones keeping the seat warm until Jacoby Ford can come back, you no longer have a role on this team.  

Joe Porter

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    I shouldn't have to explain this one too much. 

    I had to double-check the above photo to make sure it was really him.

    The picture is proof that he doesn't try to tackle everybody by putting his head down, his arms out wide and leaping at their feet. 

    It was embarrassing to watch Joe Porter play corner and even more embarrassing any time he was in space and needed to make a tackle. 

    So, how is it that a man who looked so terrible trying to tackle guys who are no longer on NFL rosters that he found a home because of his special teams ability? What exactly does he do? 

    The Raiders thin secondary was exposed like much of the defense was against the Buffalo Bills. It was and still is my opinion that Sterling Moore showed he belonged on the roster more than Porter. 

    Sterling Moore showed a knack for breaking up passes and especially at critical times as he read, reacted and broke up a well-designed play in the end zone in the preseason. 

    My point is not simply about Sterling Moore, though. There are free agents that could contribute much more on game day than Porter can. 

    It's time the Raiders say goodbye to Porter and hello to Moore, Lito Sheppard or Darren Sharper.

Ricky Brown

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    It's hard to imagine that Ricky Brown really makes an impact for the Raiders. He's seen time in both of the first two games, although I can't remember seeing number 57 in on any plays of merit. 

    That's because he doesn't have a single tackle. 

    I know the Raiders are a little thin at the linebacker position, but if we get to the point that Ricky Brown is getting regular playing time, the Raiders season is in trouble. 

    The Raiders' roster could again use the freed-up space to sign a veteran corner or safety the likes of whom I've already mentioned.  Or, they could even look to work out and sign someone else who can actually help this team.

    If the Raiders are determined to keep seven wide receivers, they can promote Eddie McGee from the practice squad. With Nick Miller gone I would be more than happy to give just about anyone a shot there. 

    Al Davis could surprise a few more people by inquiring with the Seahawks about Aaron Curry. Curry is another first round draft pick that seems to have fallen out of favor with his current team. Al Davis loves to accumulate former first rounders.

    Curry was the number one rated linebacker of the 2009 NFL draft and Seattle took him with the fourth overall pick. He is 6'2" and 255 pounds and runs a 40 time in the high 4.4s to low 4.5s. These are all Raider figures, especially for an impact linebacker. 

    It sounds like Seattle hasn't been happy with his pass coverage, but the guy is still young, talented and athletically gifted. If the Raiders can pick him up for a middle to late round pick, it might be a chance to add another talented player.

    Kamerion Wimbley worked out pretty well, right?

Jarvis Moss

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    Jarvis Moss was an addition to the Raiders roster last year and he saw action in five games. This came after the Denver Broncos gave up on the former first round draft choice.

    This is one reclamation project that did not go as planned. 

    Moss is a 6'7" 260-pound defensive end. He is too tall to get under the offensive linemen and he is too slight to bull rush them or even hold his ground.

    In the preseason, I routinely watched Moss get dominated at the line of scrimmage and often end up far away from the action. 

    He was rumored to be more of a pass-rushing specialist, but I never saw him record a sack or even apply significant pressure on the pocket.

    In his four plus years in the NFL, he has tallied a total of 32 tackles(23 solo) and a whopping four sacks. This is a supposed pass-rushing specialist?

    This smells like a first-round pick that never should have been, and it's time the Raiders cut ties with the unproductive defensive end. I find it hard to believe there isn't a single free agent out there who could make a bigger impact for this football team.

    It's time for Jarvis Moss to move along and stop occupying valuable roster space. 

Brandon Myers

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    I'm sure that the feelings on this slide will be quite divided. I was pretty harsh on Myers for what I saw in the preseason, and I do have to say that he wasn't horrible while Kevin Boss was recovering from is knee injury.

    I've said all along that while Myers may be versatile, he is a jack of all trades and a master of none. 

    There is nothing that he does above average. He's not a weapon in the passing game. In Boss' absence, he totaled four receptions for 26 yards and in his first two years in the league he racked up 16 catches for 99 yards. 

    I know that he was playing behind Zach Miller and now Kevin Boss, but he hasn't made an impact in his opportunities and I don't see any signs of that changing. 

    With the draft class of 2011 the Raiders added two tight ends. Richard Gordon is 6'4" and 265 pounds and he's a much stronger blocker than Myers, who weighs in at 250 pounds. When the Raiders go for power in a two-tight end set they can use Boss and Gordon to get a strong push up front. 

    David Ausberry was a wide receiver at USC and he made himself very comfortable as a tight end in Raiders camp and the preseason. He showed that he was more than capable of controlling his 6'4" 245 pound frame.

    Ausberry is fast for a tight end, running in the high 4.4s to low 4.5s and has excellent ball skills. He is much the superior to Myers as a receiving option and truly poses a vertical threat at the position.

    The Raiders could also use his experience as a wide receiver to their advantage if they split him out wide in some formations. 

    If the Raiders are going to keep three tight ends I would recommend Myers be released. Sign him to the practice squad if you can, but the rookies present a higher upside for their strengths.

    We all have to remember that at some point a roster position will have to be made available for the arrival of Terrelle Pryor.