Oakland Raiders Defensive Back Breakdown: Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown

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Jun 2, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Carlos Rogers (27) and safety Brandian Ross (29) at organized team activities at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With change comes new faces.  Implants from various teams throughout the league to make up one incredible team. Necessity usually dictates what type of player will be chosen to represent the organization.  The Oakland Raiders are a team that has needed a face lift for some time now, and this year, the surgery was finally performed.  In a league where the pass has outperformed the run, two players were moved from the west side of the bay to the east side.  Those two players will represent the last line of defense, and they will tutor the young pups who have been drafted to be the future.  They are Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown.


Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is shoved by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Rogers (#27)-

The Augusta, Georgia, native, Rogers played his college ball at Auburn University.  The 6′ 0″ 192 pound cornerback was drafted in the 1st Round (9th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.  He played up to his 1st Round potential for the Washington Redskins before being released at the end of the 2010 season.  He joined the San Francisco 49ers through free agency in 2011 and had one of his best years ever.  He recorded 6 interceptions, one returned for a TD, and that earned him a sizeable contract that was supposed to last for 4 years.  However, and as we all know, contracts have a lot of fine print and teams have to let some contracts go to make room for younger players and the salary cap.  This is the reason he was released by the 49ers.

Now, Rogers brings his 10 successful years of experience to an Oakland Raiders backfield in desperate need of improvement. His biggest contribution may come as a mentor to D.J. Hayden and Keith McGill, or he may be called upon to be a starting CB for one more season.  Still, Rogers comes from a very successful defense in San Francisco, and he will be able to elevate the play of the Raiders secondary.  His contributions combined with FS Charles Woodson and SS Tyvon Branch is going to be fun to watch.  Combined, the three of them represent 34 years of NFL knowledge (Woodson has 17 years, Branch has 7 years, and Rogers has 10 years).  Geriatric’s?  I think not.  Woodson proved his worth last season, and I am confident that Rogers isn’t done showing off his skills either.

In a career where Rogers has combined for 446 tackles, intercepted 17 passes, deflected 109 passes, forced 4 fumbles, recovered 5 fumbles, and sacked the QB once, I like his chances moving forward.  Think of the things he can pass on to the youth of the league.  Think of the things he can show D.J. Hayden, Brandian Ross, Chimdi Chekwa, Taiwan Jones, T.J. Carrie and Keith McGill, while still suiting up and breaking up passes.  Although he may only be called upon in a Nickel Defense, I believe there is a lot left in his tank.  Couple that with his will to prove to the 49ers that they shouldn’t have let him go, and you get the makings of a solid defensive back.

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  • raidernation

    I say to the rest of the football world, because it will come as no surprise to Raider Nation that their team, the Oakland Raiders, have become a contender in not only the AFC West, but the entire NFL. Thats right perfectly said… Raiders # 1

  • Raider Grant

    Even though these two are aged Veteran’s, I still believe their solid. The fact that they came tandem & have previous chemistry is a bonus & should rub off nicely on the younger players. I hope we return to excellence on both sides of the ball, but having a fearsome defense is just Righteous & fitting for this franchise & hopefully SOON The Raiders will back to being feared/respected come game day! Go Raiders

  • Mark Shafer

    It will be a good thing to have a defense that the rest of the NFL FEAR! Along with RAIDER NATION at the home games they will have to bow down to the NATION once again!
    I am not the loudest fan in the stands, but I am the loudest in section 110!

  • KloverJane

    It about time we have some more exciting players. Let’s start off and win five in a row. The autumn wind cometh!

  • Bob

    I dunno. Reeks of two guys that will not be on the team next year. The long term goal for the Raiders has to be to get young guys that play and grow together for years..

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Sure, but you can’t do that all the time with long contracts. Sometimes you have to bring in the short term ones to get the long term ones. Reggie is playing the “Prove it to me” game. If the players prove themselves, especially in DB positions, they will get their long term contracts.

  • Bob

    Show me contracts at DB has not worked out the the first two years. Can’t change your starting DBs every year and get better.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    This is true, and I wish Mike Jenkins had stayed. With the cast there now, it would have really helped. Still, if a player is not willing to stay or wants more money, then they’re not kept. I think Tarell Brown could be long term, but he chose to take the shorter contract to prove his worth. Maybe he wants to go somewhere else after the season, but I hate to think so. It, along with everything else, will be a waiting game…

  • Bob

    While I think they may be upgrades over the prove it to me players over the last two years, the younger players need to step up. DJ needs to play and I hope the Raiders found a future staring CB and Safety in the bunch.