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> Randy Moss is no longer a player to fear. He's still tough in the red zone, but he doesn't contribute if he's not in the flow of the game. He doesn't block, and they don't make a great effort to get him the ball.
> People think Derrick Burgess is a one-dimensional pass rusher, but he plays with great leverage. You have to account for him, or he'll get two or three sacks a game.
> Cornerback Fabian Washington has a lot of upside. But safety Stuart Schweigert is inconsistent and too stiff in his tackling.
When Aaron Brooks is good, he's very good, and when he's bad, he's awful. He's an up-and-down player.
Of the five first-round picks the Raiders have spent on DBs since 2001, Washington has shown the most promise. Blessed with 4.3 speed and sharp instincts, the former Nebraska standout turned heads in '05 as a rookie by holding his own against top receivers in 11 starts. This summer the 5'11", 185-pound Washington has been more consistent in his reads and coverage, and he opened the preseason with a pick against the Eagles in the Hall of Fame game. He looks like the long-term answer to the departure of Charles Woodson.