Raiders Have No Reason to Cut Chaz Schilens

In just over 48 hours some 26 men will turn in their silver and black jerseys as dreams become dashed by the football gods. Among the cuts the Raiders will make the oft-injured Chaz Schilens will not be among them.

There is no reason for the Oakland Raiders to give up on the broken promise that is Schilens. Recently the debate on Schilens has reached a tipping point as evident by Steve Corkran’s latest blog entry.

If we were talking about a franchise with a legit No.1 receiver and a strong supporting group then by all means Schilens would be sent packing. However this is Oakland where Darrius Heyward-Bey barely has twice as many starts as catches in his brief NFL career. As far as I’m concerned the Raiders can’t afford not to keep hope alive for Schilens.

We all know he has potential. We also know unless he’s healthy his talent means nothing. The real gamble is banking on Schilens to magically become durable overnight.  As silly as that might sound it consider how ridiculous it sounds to be waiting on DHB to become a reliable target.

At this point Oakland’s receiving corps is all about potential. Not a one receiver has separated themself from the pack. Sure, there are moments of brilliance. But overall the consistency is lacking. And if anybody thinks Denarius Moore is the immediate answer based on impressive practices then I’d suggest not holding your breath. He could become a stud but until that is proven there is no reason to abandon known potential in Schilens for the hopeful potential of Moore.

Put it this way, if the Raiders can keep Nick Miller active for an entire injury filled season then – as was done when Miller was a rookie – then they can do the same for Schilens until he can no longer walk.

The Raiders are panning for gold with wide receivers. Until one of those nuggets is proven to be something other than fool’s gold Oakland has no good reason to give up on Schilens.

Topics: Chaz Schilens, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Nick Miller

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  • netr8dr

    Trade DHB for best pick available.

  • Slam

    Raiders need to cut the cord with Chaz. Gone.

    Call me a dreamer, but I think DHB will go from “Wow, this guy sucks” to “He’ll never justify his draft slot/salary but he’s a pretty good receiver”

    And the “Terrell Pryor QB” experiment will last another 20 minutes, and he’ll become the starting slot WR

  • JeriousNorwood

    It would be insane to let Chaz go at this point. Fine, he’s the “last” wr on the roster. He’s making no money, by all accounts he’s a hard worker… Why just give up on him?

  • JeriousNorwood

    @netr8dr meaning no pick. No one is taking that money.

  • JeriousNorwood

    @Slam You’re a dreamer. And if you’re going to dream, why waste it on DHB? Chaz is much, much more likely to wind up being good.

  • Diablo

    I disagree with your assessment of Moore, his strong practices and solid play in the preseason proves to me what most already knew about him while playing in the SEC, that he is a very talent WR and imo will be a great Raider for years to come! I do agree about Chaz, who is one of my favorite Raiders, no way the Raiders can afford to cut him-even with his injury issues! The guy is a great talent and if he can just stay healthy, he WILL be our number one WR for years to come. I’d say Nick MIller will be one of the WR cut, with his small frame a bit of an issue, in fact he missed a catch this preseason that a taller WR would have been able to snag with ease. Also Ford and Jones are much better return options and our hopes of him being a “Welker type WR”, just took too long to develop with his injuries. I feel with Ford, Chaz, and Murphy all finally healthy and on the field together, combined with Moore and possibly DHB helping also, we have a little depth at the position, (as long as DHB finally starts catching the ball consistently)! If not, look for Moore to be taking over for DHB next season and that huge waste of money out of work! The new rookie salary cap will help the Raiders in the future but I’d prefer Davis not have any say in who we draft, mainly because of the DHB pick, not to mention drafting Russell! Even Kiffen didn’t want to draft that bum, who also stole MANY millions from the team!

  • Slam

    @Diablo Speaking of stealing millions from the team, the NFL Network showed Al Davis in his suite at the last game and it was rough. Weekend at Bernies. Ugh.

  • Diablo

    @Slam Yeah I saw that, I was telling another Raider fan and a close friend of mine that I didn’t think Davis will be on this Earth much longer. Though that will be a sad day for the NFL, it will be the best thing for the team, in the long run!

  • treese59

    @JeriousNorwood

  • treese59

    @JeriousNorwood

  • treese59

    @JeriousNorwood why keep em? All his doing is holding up a roster spot..what I seen tha other nite from Hange that’s chaz replacements..hes going into his fourth season as an IF..cut em an keep it moving..

  • theoptimizers

    @Slam I’d rather see a guy (Chaz) go from “Wow, that guy’s the best WR on the team” to “Wow, that guy should play in the Pro Bowl”.

    DHB never makes tough catches. Chaz does.

    As far as I can tell, Chaz is just “unlucky” with injuries. DHB is just untalented.

  • netr8dr

    So be it. He is a waste of a roster spot. WRs must be able to catch as well as get open. He can do neither.

  • treese59

    @netr8dr

  • treese59

    @netr8dr now u talking.an DHB I want drop him just yet..ill try him as a kick & punt returner..why not every other team has a wr runing tha ball back..like Dallas wit D.Brant..look how good that turned out..U can use DHB for sumthing..an if tha Raiders ever Spead tha offence out like they did in 2002 he’ll be a good slot man..

  • netr8dr

    @treese59 He can’t catch anb a muff is bet more serious than a drop. He’s gotta go.

  • JeriousNorwood

    @treese59 who’s roster spot? That’s the point. It costs us nothing to keep him. What? You’ll miss seeing someone else on the deactivated list every sunday? The other options ain’t Fitzgerald & Roddy White.

  • uglyorc

    Schilens has never done anything to justify anthing near the hype he’s gotten. All this talk about him being the the best WR on the team is nothing but bull. The only thing he has on the rest of the receivers is size. His hands arent better than Moore, Hagan, or even Ford. The only WR he’s faster than is Hagan. Schilens is a fantasy made up by the media, not a great WR. If Oakland keeps 6 WRs, Schilens is likely to make the team over Miller or Bodiford. WIth Schilen’s health issue, even that isnt a sure thing. Its no guarantee they will keep 6. This team doesnt need 6.

  • treese59

    @uglyorc couldn’t of said it better myself..jerious Norwood really believe in schilens an I don’t understand why when he never showed anything..I said it an I’m go say it again.Dump Him!!

  • Diablo

    @uglyorc Before Ford came along, Chaz MOST certainly had the best hands on this team and is still one of the best catcherswe have imo, even though Murphy is decent in that area and now Moore and Hagan are showing they can be depended on also. Just leaves DHB as the lone guy who can’t catch consistently but hopefully he will turn it on this season (or lose his job to Moore) and our WR corp will be a bit deeper FINALLY. We drafted Chaz because he has the size, speed, and hands we needed at the position and when healthy he has played quite well for the Raiders, just go check his stats if you need more proof. The media hasn’t done all that much in his favor from what I’ve read, it’s us Raider fans who like the guy and there is plenty to like. He’s a great person who thinks about the team more than himself (unlike say a WR like TO or Crabtree would usually do), he actually wants to be a Raider (which is huge in my book), and he doesn’t drop many passes while on the field. I disagree with you completely and very thankful you aren’t making the personnel decisions for the Raiders! Injuries happen in this sport and many teams have solid players with issues staying healthy, Chaz is no special case in that regard. I mean, the Raiders have several other guys with the same problem for Christ’s sake, not just Chaz. I feel fairly confident this will be the season Chaz shows everyone why his fans consider him to be our number one WR. If he stays on the IR off & on again this season, then even I will say we need to rethink his status but with the lockout helping him get extra time to rest, I think he will get back to 100%, sooner rather than later.

  • JeriousNorwood

    @treese59 @uglyorc again. Why dump him? Cause you’re annoyed? Who do we need to carry more than having 6 wrs

  • JeriousNorwood

    @treese59 @uglyorc just foolish.

  • uglyorc

    @Diablo Yes, 2 years ago he had the best hands on the team. Guys like Higgins and DHB certainly didnt have good hands. With Moore, Hagan, and Ford, Schilens does not have the best hands on the team. The media is what made this big fantasy out of Schilens. He’s not our best WR. Like I said, the only thing he has more of is size (and injuries but that’s not my knock on him). Is Schilens a good prospect? Yes. Is he the Raiders best WR? Hell no. He has done nothing to deserve that title, nothing even close to deserving it. The media needs to quit hyping Schilens because he does not deserve it. He’s barely worth a roster spot at this point. Chances are, he’s damaged goods now and he never was ever anything but a longshot to be something great.