How do you know you’re addicted to all things Raider? Well, if you’re like me and you’re bemoaning the fact that your favorite football franchise severed ties with an undrafted free agent who was on the practice squad then chances are you (well…I) have a Raider addiction.
But this isn’t about me and my issues. This is about Sterling Moore who is no longer a member of the Silver and Black.
Today the Raiders released Moore and added safety Ron Parker to the practice squad in his place.
Now I’ll be the first to say preseason performances mean little in the grand scheme. Still, you couldn’t help but be impressed by Moore. The NorCal native played high school ball with current Raider rookie Taiwan Jones before heading off to SMU. Eventually Moore made his way onto Oakland’s roster for camp. Despite failing to make the final cut he was brought back to the p-squad.
While he’s still very raw, Moore showed flashes of brilliance specifically when it came to breaking on the ball. From a coverage standpoint he’s got a ways to go before being up to Raider standards. But he’s got real Raider speed and showed symptoms of being a ball hawk.
But this does not mean the book is closed on Moore. It’s just shut for now…hopefully. Stevie Brown went through this same process as a rookie, several times, last season and he found himself playing quite a bit in the regular season. So there is hope for Moore.
Now to further my full-blown Raider Myopia I took the time to do a little research on Parker, the man that replaced Moore.
Parker played ball at D2 school Newbury College. He’s a native of the State of Washington and played both safety positions. However it looks as if the Raiders are exploring options to help bolster the return game as well.
As you might expect Parker has wheels. He’s been clocked at 4.28 in the 40 and returned kicks in college. At just a shade under six feet and weighing in at 205-pounds Parker built like a prototypical strong safety and could see some time on the active roster if he plays his cards right. Unless, of course, the Raiders re-sign Sterling Moore.