Lelie is officially a Raider and William Joseph was cut to make room for him.
I question how Lelie can help this team. If he could not make the 49ers poor group of WR, how would he help us? The answer to that is basically Martz who no longer needs the field stretching ability of Lelie, but I question if we will be able to use a WR like Lelie either. Russell has the arm, but Lelie doesn’t appear to be the kind of guy that can counted on and I don’t see us airing it out deep with any kind of frequency.
Chad Jackson left Oakland bound for Cincy. It doesn’t look like we had a serious interest in signing him, unless we could get him for cheap. Instead Jackson goes to Cincy who is planning for the worst in case Ocho Cinco’s shoulder becomes a bigger problem.
I’m not sure Jackson was a great option to begin with, because he has an attitude and would likely displace Schilens or Watkins who deserved to make this roster with solid preseasons. It might send the wrong message.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, signing Koren Robinson after week one is the best current option at WR. His salary is not guaranteed after week one and because he is a vet adds needed experience. He could return kicks while Branch has the cast and could immediately help as a WR nearly as talented as any we have.
Koren is also familiar with the west coast system having learned it in Green Bay and Seattle.
Here is something linking us to him just a few months ago.
We’ve had interest, but my guess is we wouldn’t want to give him anything guaranteed in case he screwed up again. I think he really has cleaned up based on his Radio interview with Monty (A Raider Fan) on Sporting News Radio last month.
My appologies for the live blog the mobile blogging software is suspect…
Losing Oneal might be one of the larger blows to this team in a while. As is well documented on this blog he was one of my favorite to watch. The only thing that saves us partly is having a good FB still healthy who is also very good.
The loss of Carter not only thrust Curry back outside but thinned an already weak WR spot even more.
Koren Robinson comes to my mind as the best possible signing we could make. Talented player with needed return skills. He also finally appears to have gotten his head right. I heard him ok the Monty show a couple weeks ago and he really has focused on his family and God. It is possible it was just talk but he seemed very geniune. He would immediatey help us on kick returns and is a viable option at WR. I wouldn’t believe we could pass up the opportunity to help in two areas when he so clearly fits both.
Coop, Spires and Irons were cut a clear sign we replaced Coop on special teams with Branch and that the over two never were good ideas in the first place.
More to come…
I guess Coop retired, but he knew there was a good chance he was done with the emergence of Branch. I wish him the best on his after football career.
I guess Michael Bush is getting some reps at FB. The more times we can get him on the field the better. I’d think with his size and experience as a RB he’d be a solid lead blocker, but he’d struggle as he has to pick up blitzes on passing downs. Still, the more versatile your team can be the better.
Veterans salaries are guaranteed if they make the roster week 1, but Robinson or even Joe Horn would be worth a look until then. We’d just have to make sure they are completely healthy, but if they are I see no problem paying them if we think they can produce.