Greg Knapp is public enemy #1 these days around Raider Nation. He had a healthy Darren McFadden and made him more useless than Tim Tebow down three scores in the fourth quarter. Knapp was given a full cupboard yet has squandered all the talent Hue Jackson groomed (never thought we’d be missing that man so much).
Sill, not everyone is suffering through the McFadden swoon. A few players have benefited from Knapp’s ignorant approach to pounding a square peg of an offense into the round hole of talent the Raiders boast.
Denarius Moore is finding the consistency he was lacking as a rookie, quietly developing into a real fantasy stud. Carson Palmer is putting up career numbers even though after this season his career looks to be on a one-way course to battling Mark Sanchez or some other woeful NFL signal caller next season.
But the man that has seen his career take a turn for the best is Brandon Myers who is thriving in Knapp’s championship check down passing attack.
When Hue Jackson was calling the shots the Oakland tight ends became more irrelevant than Sarah Palin’s opinion on anything. With Knapp and his very un-vertical attack in place Myers is thriving.
The former Hawkeye is leading the way for the Raiders in receiving having hauled in 44 passes thus far. That’s far beyond his career total entering the season and looks to continue provided he can avoid any further concussion issues.
Drafted as a blocker, Myers showed some good hands in his first preseason action as a rookie. That never fully translated to the regular season even when he was given the opportunity to start.
This year things have been much different. Myers has become a reliable target for Palmer and more importantly he’s finally developing into a red zone weapon.
Previously it was Zach Miller that played the Myers role posting some impressive numbers. But Miller was never the red zone threat the Raiders so needed. We’ve also learned that Miller’s production was largely inflated due to the terrible offenses he played in.
Perhaps Myers too is just a product of the system he’s playing in. In Houston the Texans utilized their tight ends in the passing game so its only natural Knapp gets the same production in Oakland. Whatever the reason for his production, Myers will take it. Its seasons like this that can change the tide for a pro football player. Safe to say that Knapp has pretty much gifted a new contract to Myers thus allowing him to be more than a journey man special teamer in the NFL.