As my topic title states, who are our teams True Raiders, or another way of saying it, players who are true and loyal to the Raiders and the Raider way
Last season, alot of our captions on the team were either A)Injury Prone or B)Did not show up. This year i hope that changes because looking at our roster and the player personalities i feel that we may have quite a few True Raiders on our team.
Lets start with the for sure known True Raiders: Marcel Reece, Sebastian Janokowski, Jared Veldheer, Tyvon Branch, and Charles Woodson(yes i know he left but he came home). Reece is the stand out No.1 True Raider in my opinion, and why, because he emphasizes what being a Raider means. He is a player with the swagger of the raiders of old, and the physical play to back it up, he's a dynamic leader and probably the NFL's No.1 Fullback, and i would be so disappointed if he is not tabbed as a captain this year. Jano we all know is a Raider at heart, and he has proven to be one of the Raiders best 1st round picks. Im sure he feels a great debt to the raiders for picking him extremely high at the no.1 spot, and has always performed at the highest level, hes neck and and neck with Reece in my opinion as the top two True Raiders on the team but i think Reece's passion gave him a slight lead. Veldheer is just a beast at the LT position, and has become a true hulk. Over the off-season pictures have gone up of his workout sessions, showing him becoming a massive titan compared to other tackles in the NFL, if he stays with the Raiders and shows more loyalty i think he can be another captain we can count on. Tyvon Branch has been Mr. Raider on defense with flashes of classic raider hit-men Jack Tatum in him. He has led the raiders in tackles i believe each season since he has been drafted, and has always been self-less when it comes to contracts. From what i have remembered he has always taken pay-cuts to allow the team to build up, and he has shown great charisma and poise as a Raider Captain, a class act in the making. And then we come back to the returning legend: Charles Woodson, who i pray to god will be wearing 24 again. The fact that he returns to the team shows that he still has the loyalty the raiders hope for in players, he is one of the greatest DB's of all time and probably one of the most dangerous. I think he will be a key point in the defining of young players like D.J. Hayden who can be the future of our defense.
Now we come to the Raiders with potential to be one of the True Raiders: Matt Flynn, Darren McFadden, Sio Moore, D.J. Hayden, Nick Roach, Miles Burris, Denarious Moore, Rod Streater, and LaMarr Houston
Flynn has so far been a class act since the trade that brought him here. Hes taken a pay cut, hes working with all the wide receivers, he has a positive attitude, and will to be a great player, Carson Palmer should take a few tips from him why? Carson never really had a positive attitude in my opnion, and he never once taken a pay cut to help with a team. Flynn is excited and is playing with a chip on his shoulder, and i see him as a younger Rich Gannon ready to show his prime. Run DMC.... he can be the Raiders true work horse. I can say alot of things about him, but ill only say one...STAY HEALTHY and you will BE GREAT. Sio Moore, Nick Roach, Miles Burris could become the definition of a great line backing core, Burris started the whole season this year, and showed flashes of a Brian Urlacher in him, Roach took over Urlachers spot when he was hurt, but has proven to be a starter and a leader, and Sio Moore...The Juice is flowing in him, lets have the opposing QB have a taste of him every sack he can get. D.J. Hayden i think was made to be a Raider, he survived a life threatening freak injury, he has a godlike toughness to come back after only 2 weeks in the hospital to become one of the top DB's in the 2013 NFL draft, and shows the potential to becoming another great raider DB. D.Moore and Streater can become one of the best NFL Passing Duo's in the league as soon as they can become more consistent, ive read already that they have been working with Flynn and they are creating a good rhythm, but all this is speculation. And finally LaMarr Houston, aka, Beast. He is shaping out to becoming one of the best DE's in the game, just give him a few more years and i hope he stays with us, because i do not want to go against him.
So in my opinion these guys can be True Raiders to our franchise, i know i might of missed some players but i would like to hear who you think are this teams True Raiders :)