Inexplicably there are no pictures of Chekwa in a Raider uni on our database. So, we'll give Joe Porter some photo love too. He was much better than I thought he'd be.
Chimdi Chekwa wasn't the star. He didn't make any game changing plays, but he wasn't the goat. And for that reason, I feel compelled to give him props before anyone else in this game.
Chekwa, and Joe Porter, were forced into action early after Chris Johnson pulled up with a bum hamstring, and he was rock solid. He gave up a few receptions, including a touchdown, but he also made some plays on the ball.
He was solid enough that the Jets couldn't come out and go to his man on every play. He never looked lost. He never got toasted, and he was never out of position. That is solid for any rookie—especially so in Chekwa's case.
Chekwa missed almost all of training camp with a dislocated shoulder. Then when he returned, he spent more time at safety. This guy has had just a handful of snaps against NFL players as a corner, and he held his own. You just can't say enough about that.
This game reflects what we already knew about Chekwa. He is serious about succeeding in the NFL. He does everything he can to prepare himself, and it paid huge dividends today.
Now keep preparing Chim Chek, cause chances are Chris Johnson will be out next week, and you are going to get tested next week against the Patriots aerial assault.