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Raiders Roster Review: Matt Giordano

When his playing days are over Matt Giordano will have a very successful career as a motivational speaker. Not that Giordano is skilled at public speaking. More so because his career journeys will serve as inspiration for anyone who listens.

2011 saw Giordano’s career come full circle as the Fresno native and Berkeley alum found his way back to the Bay where he had a completely unexpected career year for the Raiders.

Initially Giordano was brought in as a camp body. He was supposed to be someone who would give the coaches a few more options and possibly push the players ahead of him on the depth while helping fill the loss of Hiram Eugene on special teams. Giordano had much different plans. His preseason play earned him a spot on the 53-man and when Michael Huff was out with injury Giordano stepped in and made an immediate impact on opening night in Denver.

The career journeyman found action in 15 games, starting 9 while leading the Raiders with 5 interceptions and an astounding 130 return yards. And his 2011 performance couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only did the Raiders desperately need help in the secondary, Giordano was in danger of spiraling into a football odyssey that usually ends with no job offers and no more opportunities.

Once upon a time Giordano was a 4th round pick of the Colts where he played sparingly for four years earning himself a Super Bowl ring before being cast off and playing for three teams in three years. Well, his 2011 performance secured Giordano work in 2012 as the Raiders opted to re-sign him. No doubt he’ll have to prove himself again but I wouldn’t bet against Giordano making the roster once again and working his way onto the field as an occasional starter as well. Giordano is by no means the answer but he’s not the problem either. Got to give him credit for getting the most of his talents and always being prepared to play.

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