It wasn’t that long ago the Oakland Raiders’ secondary had more holes to fill than Bill Murray in Cady Shack. You blink and all of a sudden the potential starters coming out of camp are on the roster.
Some of that Reggie McKenzie magic as the Oakland GM keeps doing the tight rope act across a still deadly cap situation.
I say potential starters because we still don’t know what McKenzie might do in this draft to inject some much needed new talent into the defense.
For now it’s Mike Jenkins’ job to lose as a starting corner now that he’s inked a deal with the rebuilt Raiders. Jenkins was once a first round pick of the Dallas Cowboys but became expendable once Brandon Carr was signed and Morris Claiborne drafted.
He’ll have every opportunity along with Tracy Porterto be among the first 11 on the field playing out on the island.
For good measure McKenzie also brought back veteran slot corner Joselio Hanson who joined the team as a mid-season addition in 2012.
With the corner situation sorted for now the focus quickly shifted to finding a free safety to replace the released Michael Huff. In keeping with his bargain shopping bonanza McKenzie locked down former Dennis Allen protégé in safety Usama Young.
The Kent State alum was a third round pick of the Saints back in ’07 but saw more action in Cleveland where he spent the two most productive years of his young career in 13 games for the Browns.
As of now you can go ahead and put Tyvon Branch and Young in as your starters for the first preseason game.
Again a lot can happen between then and now with the draft and plenty of offseason activities to be conducted. But its Chronicle scribe Vic Tafur that best sums up these value signings best by describing the transactions made today as “Good yard-sale finds”. Hey man, every once and awhile a “good yard-sale find” ends up being a rare gem worth millions. Here’s hoping that’s what McKenzie and his mandatory minimalist approach has done.