This year, the Raiders may be sending more then a punter and a long snapper to the annual Pro Bowl. The Raiders are getting production from groundwork and talent that Al Davis discovered in the past. These sources are finally paying dividends in a big way.
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Tommy Kelly leads all defensive tackles with 7 sacks this season. The Raiders “D” line also leads the league in sacks with 26. When Kelly signed the HUGE contract with the Raiders, I about fell out of my chair. “Al has definitely lost it”, I thought. Now I think, maybe Al is still Al, finding underground talent that produces in colossal ways. I am also not a football naive. I understand the Richard Seymour factor drawing copiousness amounts of attention.
Darren McFadden is also finally paying dividends. His accolades this year are piling up as he makes his bid for the best running back in the league and fantasy steal of the season. RUN DMC is showing why Al picked him in the 1st round. Darren has shown power and speed the likes of Bo Jackson. I know…. “The Legend”. When Darren gets five yards deep into the defense, he hits another gear. A “Bo Jackson type gear” where no one on the field is going to catch him from behind.
Nnamdi is still Nnamdi. Battling a high ankle sprain for the last 5 week, he is still the best DB in the league injured or not. Shane Lechler is still the best punter the NFL has ever seen. He is an automatic pro bowler till his right leg falls off one day or he decides to start kicking with his left.
Other potential Pro Bowlers may include, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, full back Marcel Reese, and kick returner Jacoby Ford. I’m looking forward to seeing some silver and black helmets representing the Raiders on a national scale.
JBB Staff Writer