For Raider Nation, Chaz Schilens is quickly becoming an urban legend. Despite having just 44 catches in 24 games played during his two plus NFL seasons, Schilens is as highly regarded a receiver as you’ll find in Silver and Black – if he’s healthy that is.
Yesterday, Vittorio Tafur reported that he witnessed Schilens running drills and testing out his surgically repaired knee. That would be the same knee that Schilens hurt while overcompensating for his surgically repaired foot.
With almost as many injuries as career TDs, many are beginning to wonder just how durable Chaz truly is.
The Lancaster native and San Diego State alum is, without doubt, the most consistent option in the passing game not named Zach Miller. Tom Cable knows how important his presence is in the passing game and said as much when asked what Schilens brings to the team.
“You know, I think it gives us another playmaker, if you look at his history, albeit brief, he’s made something happen. And you’ve got more speed and you’ve got more size. In the back of my mind I’m really starting to get excited that that this will really start to improve us in one particular area and that’s the red zone.”
Truer words have never been spoken. With his size, speed and catch-anything-thrown hands, Schilens is a threat all over the field but is a definite dynamo in the red zone (see TDs in Pittsburgh and Denver one year ago). But until he’s healthy enough to play more than a half a season the myth of Chaz will continue to be just that – a myth.