Reports of Amari Cooper in Return Game Suck

Espn reports that the Raiders are considering using Amari Cooper in the return game suck. Why risk our future star, not only to injuries but also to not focusing on where we need him best, catching passes.

I also don’t like vague rumors of Latavius Murruy returning kicks, or TJ Carrie for that matter, we signed Trindon Holliday for a reason, he’s a return star (who unfortunately developed a nasty habit of fumbling, but with good coaching this can be worked on).

We have to focus on Holliday, Taiwan Jones or one of the reserve WR’s/DB’s returning kick/punts, not a potential starter…..no way.

KR-Carousel

First of all I was happy when I heard the news the Oakland Raiders brought in the extremely talented KR Trindon Holliday, then I got sad as I discovered we’d waived late-round draft pick Andre Debose…..now I’m happy again though as Debose has cleared waivers and we’ve stashed him on our injured reserve list.

There is very little draft-junkies, like myself, hate than losing draft picks (look at David Bass recently, cut and now playing for the Chicago Bears, its not as if we’ve been super-deep at pass-rushing DE’s), so to at least still have Debose I am very happy. The poor kid hurt his ankle – KR’s don’t historically have a long shelf life – but he’s explosive and I want to see what he can do next year, we need a Harvin-style WR to complement the rest anyway.

Back to Holliday, this kid is probably even more explosive…..his problem, thus far, has been fumbles. If our coaching staff can fix this we have a gem back there – remember his two touchdowns (one PR, one KR) for the Broncos in the playoffs a few years ago now.

Holliday is smaller (5’5″) than Debose (6’….mmm, on tip-toes?), and minus-fumbles a better returner, but in the long-run I’m happier with Debose. His school film, as a receiver is excellent, he upset some people in Florida and didn’t get the chance as a receiver. Anyway, while on IR can grow-up a bit (mentally), learn the playbook and bulk up a bit. Lets just think of Debose as essentially a free draft pick in 2016.

Other KR/PR options this year include Taiwan Jones, TJ Carrie and George Atkinson III. Jones has/had similar fumbling issues to Holliday, but again hopefully with coaching this has/will improve….I’d be more than happy with Taiwan returning kicks, we missed him last year. TJ Carrie is now too important as a CB, so don’t let him return kicks. George Atkinson III didn’t impress me enough last year, and is very unlikely to make the roster.

Bad-ass

One of the long-shots on the Oakland Raider’s roster that I am more excited about is OLB “Ray-Ray” Armstrong. The former University of Miami LB has serious intensity and according to reports from OTA’s has really been impressing.

The thing I like best about “Ray-Ray” is his passion, this kid obviously loves football and in a LB-grouping that includes Khalil Mack, Sio Moore (Mr Intensity himself) and Malcolm Smith it is quite possible that a real quality grouping emerges.

In the past Ray-Ray Armstrong has sometimes struggled with missed tackles and poor positional play, but (if OTA reports are true) he’s really improved this offseason. Lets give Ray-Ray a chance, he only has a couple of years experience at LB, having played S in college….a plus being here his coverage skills exceeded many backup LBs.