Jun 11, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Tyvon Branch (33) and defensive backs Brandon Ross (29), Phillip Adams (28) and Charles Woodson (2) participate in drills at minicamp at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Dynamic Safety Tandem

Raider Nation, the Oakland Raiders have one of the most dynamic safety tandems in the NFL.  As if you all didn’t already know that.  Between Charles Woodson and Tyvon Branch, I expect to see some prolific plays this year.  These two have had stellar careers in the NFL, and Branch has enjoyed all of his with the Raiders.  We, the Raider Nation, have had the distinct pleasure of watching both of these players grow into who they are now, and we get to see a lot more.

I have heard people say that Charles Woodson needs a walker to get around.  Folks, he will be causing opposing players to have to use canes and wheel chairs when he gets done with them.  Branch has always been a mean hitter, reminiscent of the great Ronnie Lott.  Both these players will be roaming in the Raiders backfield just waiting for their chance to clobber some unsuspecting receiver or runner.  They will be poised to blitz and sack the quarterback.  A lot of route jumping is going to be happening with numerous interceptions attributed to our secondary.

Jul 30, 2013; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) at training camp at Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seeing is believing, and watching Woodson and Branch performing at Raiders training camp was awesome to say the least.  They were bouncing around, disguising their coverage, blitzing from the edge, and jumping pass routes.  They were pushing the Raiders receivers to work harder than they have had to work in the past.  Woodson and Branch remind me a lot of past players like George Atkinson and Jack Tatum.  Together these players are going to inflict a lot of pain upon opposing offenses.  They will make quarterbacks question their throws and second guess themselves.

Jul 30, 2013; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch (33) at training camp at Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t believe me?  That’s just fine, but take a moment to view this video submitted by a constant Just Blog Baby follower and fan, Fernando Maestas.  If you don’t remember Fernando, he was interviewed by yours truly during my segment, “Ask a Oakland Raiders Fan.”  This video is sure to “Kick-start your heart” and get you all pumped up for the upcoming NFL season.  I know it did for me.  Go Raiders!



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  • Luis Hernandez

    Definitely pumped me up! Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Ugh can’t wait for Friday… Counting down the days :p

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Can’t wait for Friday myself. Getting anxious just thinking about it.

  • Mark Shafer

    One play yesterday I was watching our db’s and I thought Woodson’s going to get burnt. At that same moment wood saw what was going on and was able to be there to meet the ball. : ). Thanks for the training camp tips.

  • Bob Yost

    Another great read my man!! I really enjoy your articles!

  • Raider Grant

    Our defensive secondary won’t be push overs this year! Can’t wait for all Our defensive players to heal from injuries & get enough practice together to be firing on all cylinders come time to prepare for The Colts. Americas team will be playing their first Preseason game Friday night at 7:00 PM in Oakland against Dallas, can’t wait ! Go Raiders!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you Mr. Yost, I really appreciate your feedback.

  • Bob Yost

    You are welcome Shane! Keep the quality takes coming!