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Enemy lines
Jeffri Chadiha
September 03, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raiders
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September 03, 2001

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raiders

The coup for them was getting Charlie Garner in free agency. He gives them a strong running-receiving threat who will be a nice change of pace from Tyrone Wheatley. I think a big part of Wheatley's success last year was that he finally realized he wasn't a breakaway threat. He became satisfied with running between the tackles....

They obviously got tired of [tight end] Rickey Dudley. His replacement, Roland Williams, isn't a great talent, but he can block and catch passes well enough to contribute more than people expect....

I think Jerry Rice was a good move for them. The guy caught 75 passes last season, and most general managers would be thrilled to a get a free agent with that kind of production....

The key on offense is whether Rich Gannon continues to play at a high level. He had a magical year in 2000....

The offensive line doesn't get enough credit, Barret Robbins should have gone to the Pro Bowl last year, and I know they're happy that Steve Wisniewski didn't retire. He can still move as well as any guard in the league....

Trace Armstrong will make an impact. If he has only half the year he had in Miami, he's going to give them a lift....

Their corners remain a strength, Eric Allen is getting older but still has enough cover ability that people don't pick on him, and Charles Woodson gets better every year....

I like Jon Gruden. He reminds me of a younger Jimmy Johnson. He demands a lot from his players, and he gets it.

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