The countdown to the Raiders season opener officially hits double digits today with 99 days to the Raiders season opener on September 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals. We here at Silver & Black Pride are going to mark those days in our own way. Each day of the countdown we will mark with a Raiders jersey number where we talk about who wore the number the best and who is wearing it now.
There are 90 players on the roster currently and 99 numbers to get through, which means there will be a few numbers which don't have a current player sporting that jersey. That will especially be true as we get closer to the season opener and the roster is cut down. In those instances, we will go with ‘who wore it last'.
As of now, we begin out countdown at number 99.
Who wore it best: DE Sean Jones (1984-87)
A second round pick by the Raiders in the 1984 draft, this pass rushing defensive end spent the first four seasons of his career with the team. He posted 31 sacks over that time, including 15.5 in his third season.
After his fourth season, the Raiders traded him to the Oilers for the ninth overall pick in the 1988 draft which they used to select cornerback Terry McDaniel.
Jones went on to have a 13-year NFL career, playing six seasons with the Oilers and his final three seasons with the Packers. He finished with 113 career sacks, five times posting double digit sacks, and once made a Pro Bowl.
Who's wearing it now: DT Leon Orr
The big 6-5, 323-pound defensive tackle was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Florida. Typically coming from a major program and having that kind of size is enough for a team to at least take a flyer on you as a late round pick.
Orr went undrafted mainly because of character concerns after he left the team prior to their bowl game because he thought he should be starting and he wasn't. In total, he started 10 games in his career at Florida and will be given every opportunity to earn a spot in the Raiders defensive tackle rotation out of training camp.