Rated-R Superstar has inspired me to begin a series I like to call The Weekly Raider. The series will include: a Raiders player, their bio, stats, my expectations for them this season, and an overall analysis; my thoughts Raider-wise, and since this is the weekly Raider I'll feature a Raiders fan. Check back each week, you might be my featured fan. So without further ado, The Weekly Raider.
Hello Raiders fans of the world, I present issue #1 of The Weekly Raider. Today's issue will feature our very own Nnamdi Asomugha, my thoughts on the OTA's so far, and of course, our featured fan. So let's get started!
Featured Raider- Nnamdi Asomugha, CB
The pride of the Raider defense, and the pride of the Raiders team as a whole, Nnamdi Asomugha. Nnamdi has went from low-brow corner mysterously taken in the first round, to the best corner in the NFL. Nnamdi can cover litteraly any receiver in the NFL and can get an interception on any play thrown to his isde of the field. He's such a major threat, that QB's hardly ever pass to the man he's covering. (Nnamdi has had the fewest passes attempted on his man in the NFL the past two years)
From Andre Johnson, to Randy Moss, to Steve Smith; Nnamdi covers them all. Easily the smartest corner in the league, he makes up for not being the fastest of corners, by being the most maneuverable and agile. Steve Smith can beat him in a footrace, but Nnamdi has the moves and angles to stay right on the heels of the NFL's fastest.
However, his lack of interceptions the past two years has kept him still unknown to a lot of people. Even with his new prowess as the best corner in Madden and a Pro Bowl appearance, people still scratch thier heads at the name Nnamdi Asomugha. However, with hopefully a fellow skilled corner in Chris Johnson on the field with him this year, Nnamdi might see some more passes, and more interceptions. If you don't believe me, look at how well he covered some of the NFL's best last year.
Week 1: Brandon Stokley- 2 receptions, 25 yards, 0 TD
Week 2: Dwayne Bowe/Tony Gonazales- 11 receptions, 129 yards, 1 TD (Nnamdi covered both at different times)
Week 3: Lee Evans- 4 receptions, 65 yards, 0 TD
Week 5: N/A
Week 6: Deverey Henderson- 2 receptions, 68 yards, 0 TD
Week 7: Laveranues Coles- 4 receptions, 51 yards, 0 TD
Week 8: Derek Mason/Todd Heap- 3 receptions, 20 yards, 0 TD (covered both at different times)
Week 9: Roddy White- 5 receptions, 54 yards, 0 TD
Week 10: Steve Smith- 1 reception, 9 yards, 0 TD. Nnamdi got his lone interception of the year covering Steve Smith.
Week 11: Ted Ginn Jr.- 4 receptions, 51 yards, 0 TD.
Week 12: Brandon Marshall- 4 receptions, 84 yards, 0 TD
Week 13: Dwayne Bowe/Tony Gonzales- 10 receptions, 137 yards, 0 TD (covered both at different times)
Week 14: Malcom Floyd- 1 reception, 19 yards, 0 TD
Week 15: Randy Moss- 5 receptions, 67 yards, 2 TD
Week 16: Andre Johnson- 2 receptions, 19 yards, 0 TD
Week 17: N/A
What do I expect from Nnamdi this year? I expect much of the same of what I saw last year. But I expect about 3 interceptions. I think Chris Johnson will be good enough that QB's will throw a few more passes Nnamdi's way. Nnamdi alos dropped a couple would-be interceptions last year, don't expect that this year.
Nnamdi is definitely the Raiders' leader, on the field and off it.
Random Thoughts- OTA's
OTA's, basically just practice. But practice makes perfect, and right now a lot of Raiders need practice. Mainly JaMarcus Russell.
I know this is only June, but June is only two months from preseason, which is only a few weeks from the regualr season. Russell has been sloppy all offseason and isn't getting much better. he's had a few good moments, but more bad than good. Overthrowing receivers, underthrowing receivers, not getting rid of the ball quick enough, basically he looks like Aaron Brooks out there.
However there is plenty of hope. The O-Linemen can't be as physical, Miller (aka Russell's golden boy) has been out most of the time, and the running game is still going to be our offense's primary weapon. And since OTA's thus far have revolved around situational stuff, Russell's been passing more than he would normally have to. I'm sure Russell will be just fine, but I can't help being a little nervous.
Is it just me, or does the defense sound like it's really good? Once again, I'm aware that the O-Line can't be very physical whatsoever, but people like Alston and Chris Johnson seem like they are going to be very good this year.
Featured Fan- Rated-R Superstar
Rated-R has been a very devoted fan to the Raiders and easily one of the most active members of this blog. His DLD's have kept us up-to-date and informed Raiders and NFL-wise. He's always on top of all the latest news in the world, sports or otherwise. Rated-R has always been funny, fun-loving, and optimistic and is one of my favorite Raider brethren. Kudos to you Rated-R and keep up the great work.
And for being this week's featured fan, you receive a random picture!!!!
And for being the very first featured fan, you receive a bonus picture!!!
Bye all, read Issue #2 next week for more Raidertastical Reading.