Hungry Horace

When the Oakland Raiders saw the Carolina Panthers cut LB Horace Miller they pounced. Not only was this kid on the Seattle Seahawks books last year, hence our defensive co-ordinator Ken Norton Jr. personally knows his talents, but he also got playing time with the Panthers, boosting amazing speed and tremendous motor.

Coming out of Texas-El Paso college, Horace Miller looked the real deal, putting lots of pressure on opposing QB’s, wrapping up RB’s and showing decent coverage skills, his main problem being his size. At 6’0″ and 235 lbs most teams think he’s too small. Its really the height. At 6’2″ and, even the same weight, he’d have gone in the second-to-fifth round of the 2014 draft. But surely one or two inches hardly matter – no sexual innuendo intended – the kid put up a 4.4 second 40 time (amazing for a LB) and our defensive co-ordinator has inside knowledge of his talents and wants him. Remeber this kid, he could be a surprise for many people this year.

We also brought Milton Williams back, cutting Austin Hill and Travell Dixon.


Chimdi Chekwa returns

So just one day after being cut by the New England Patriots, the Oakland Raiders resigned CB Chimdi Chekwa, a move I like a lot. Why?

(1) He’s got some experience, having been drafted by us in 2011, and our most experienced CB on the roster prior to Chekwa signing was DJ Hayden

(2) he’s fast

(3) he’s a great gunner on special teams

(4) he’ll come cheap now he’s been through Patriot cuts

(5) he’s improved every year he’s been on the roster

Our top 3 CB’s right now are DJ Hayden, Keith McGill and TJ Carrie, then its a straight battle with Chimdi Chekwa, James Dockery, Neiko Thorpe (great height), Dexter McDonald, Rob Daniel, Travell Dixon and SaQwan Edwards for 2 spots, that’s going to be a really interest watch.