Dennis Allen needs a breakout season from one of his two second year cornerbacks. Both DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa have a lot to prove during their sophomore seasons in Silver and Black. To be sure both men showed some promise as rookies yet neither established themselves as reliable enough for an expanded role. Chekwa was eventually shutdown due to injury while DVD never found a rhythm in his first lap around the league.
That could be changing for at least one of Allen’s two talented and young cover corners.
Through the first two days of practice Van Dyke has been turning heads with his improved play. Making the most of Ron Bartell’s absence from practice thus far DVD is running with the first team defense and if things keep up he could be staying with that unit.
As a rookie DVD showed real potential. His fluid movements combined with natural cover skills gave hope that the Raiders might have starting corner in the near future. One year later and that could very well be a reality.
While Bartell recovers from a hamstring injury DVD is busy making his way into the forefront of the camp battle amongst the cornerbacks. Few positions are as wide open as the cornerbacks in Oakland with the coaching staff just waiting for someone to put their name on the starting spots.
Van Dyke’s first day featured two passes defended as he started opposite Shawntae Spencer. Today Vittorio Tafur Tweeted the continued praise of DVD’s play. If things keep up Van Dyke’s promise of a better tomorrow could come today. Of course that could all change once the veteran Bartell is healthy enough to go. But we’ll just have to wait and see how that shapes up. For now, it would appear that it’s Van Dyke’s job to lose.