It’s game day! For the first time since the Raiders wild card loss in Houston in January, they will take the field for a game. It’s the preseason, of course, but whatever, it’s real football being played. The regular season is 29 days away. You know what that means.
CB David Amerson
This time two years ago, Amerson was in Washington. But even then, the former second round pick was on the outs. He has lost his starting job after an abysmal 2015 season, his second in the NFL, and was a lame duck. After two games riding the pine, he was waived.
A cornerback starving Raiders team that was fifth in the waiver order snatched him up and almost immediately made him a starter. He rebounded in Oakland to finish the season second in the league in passes defended (29), adding 4 interceptions, and earned a long term extension.
Amerson again had issues in 2016 giving up a lot of catches even while landing in the top ten in passes defended (18). Then again, the entire Raiders secondary was a debacle. He is looking to once again rebound his career and has looked like the team’s best corner through training camp.
Who wore it best: CB Albert Lewis (1994-98)
Before we stood in awe at Charles Woodson playing into his late 30s, there was Albert Lewis. The four-time Pro Bowler and 2-time All Pro joined the Raiders at the age of 34, after playing the first 11 seasons of his career in Kansas City. He was one of the Raiders starting corners in their first season back in Oakland in 1995 and played five seasons with the team.
As it happens, when the Raiders drafted Woodson in 1998, Lewis switched to safety (just as Woodson did when he returned to the Raiders) and the two ageless DB's shared a defensive backfield together for one season. In Total, Lewis started 60 games in 78 appearances, missing just five games in five seasons, collecting 4 interceptions, 8.0 sacks, averaging over 55 tackles per season. He retired at age 38.