Reggie McKenzie’s abolishment of the scholarship program in Oakland meant Raider Nation was never going to see Chaz Schilens reach his full potential in silver and black. Chances are that won’t happen in New York either. Not unless Schilens can actually stay healthy but more likely because Mark Sanchez will be his quarterback.
Schilens will be taking his potential to the New York Jets where he’ll be reunited with Sanjay Lal. It would be hard to imagine Lal didn’t sell Rex Ryan and the Jets brass on all Schilens has to offer. Lal has gotten a great look at Schilens as his position coach in Oakland the last few years. But given the way Sanchez continuously underwhelms it’s hard to imagine Schilens being the reason way one of Ryan’s guarantees actually comes to fruition.
No matter what he has or hasn’t done in his career it says something that Schilens has stuck in the NFL. Most 7th round picks are luck to get a year or two on the practice squad. With great size, blazing speed, an attacking mentality and some nice route running the former Aztec has done well for himself.
I wish Schilens nothing but the best and hope he makes sure to check the IDs of any chicks Sanchez brings around for a double date.