With Hue Jackson calling the shots in the East Bay we are clearly entering a new era of Raiders football. While Al Davis did a lot of his recent dealings with the New England Patriots, Coach Jackson is leaning on his past relationship with the Cincinnati Bengals to bolster the roster.
Lost in the shuffle of all the Carson Palmer headlines was another former Bengal joining the Raiders yesterday.
Chinedum Ndukwe was added to the active roster. A former 7th round pick out of Notre Dame, Ndukwe made a name for himself by becoming a starter in Cincinnati after coming up with some key plays as a reserve. Making way for Ndukwe is Jerome Boyd who was waived.
The Raiders gave Boyd his best chance this season after spending two years on the practice squad. Boyd was playing a hybrid linebacker/safety position to mixed reviews. Clearly in love with Boyd’s athletic ability the Raiders stuck it out with him in trying to develop the former Oregon Duck. However Boyd was a major liability in pass coverage.
Ndukwe is better at defending the pass and figures to feature prominently in special teams as well.