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.