For as long as most of us can remember, the Oakland Raiders have been the official landing spot for players looking for a second or even third chance to start over again in the NFL. Last season Aaron Curry became the newest member of Oakland’s second chance club and this season could be his last chance.
Once viewed as a can’t miss pro prospect Curry was selected 4th overall by the Seahawks back in 2009 and never settled in at the SAM position in Seattle.
With the Raiders in desperate need of an upgrade at the weakside linebacker spot Hue Jackson went out and traded for Curry. Oakland moved Curry to the opposite side of where he played in Seattle, gave him less responsibility and prayed he could contribute in a meaningful way.
The results were mixed during Curry’s 11 games as a Raider. In some instances you saw flashes of Curry being a defensive wrecking ball causing havoc and destroying offensive rhythm. In other moments Curry’s aggressive got the best of him as he’d be caught out of position to make a play and at time was flagged for personal fouls.
Without many other options available, Reggie McKenzie chose to bring Curry back giving him one last chance to prove his worth as an NFL linebacker. If things don’t workout for Curry in the mysterious Dennis Allen scheme of things then odds are he’ll find it difficult to get another NFL job as a starter.
Part of the problem is that Curry has yet to define himself as a pro. Is in a run stopper? Not so much but he’ll make his fare share of tackles. Is he a pass rusher? He’s got good speed for an outside linebacker but doesn’t have many go-to moves and didn’t record a sack as a Raider. Is he any good in pass coverage? Well…no…not at all.
Curry is just an old school defender more concerned with hitting than scheming. Allen will need to find the best way to utilize Curry’s talents in order to get meaningful production out of this still project player. Otherwise Curry will become lost in the NFL shuffle forever saddled with the dreaded bust label.