Agreed...I think DVD is one of those guys Tomlinson likes because he has "things you can't teach".
Raiders finish cleaning house at cornerback
By Eric Gilmore | CBSSports.com
September 3, 2012
The Raiders completed their overhaul at cornerback Monday, releasing DeMarcus Van Dyke and signing free agent corner Joselio Hanson, who had been cut by Philadelphia.
Van Dyke was the last cornerback on the 53-man roster who played for the Raiders in 2011. During the offseason, they released starters Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson and let Lito Sheppard leave as a free agent. They cut cornerbacks Bryan McCann and Chimdi Chekwa on Saturday -- Chekwa was signed to the practice squad on Sunday.
The Raiders made it a clean cornerback sweep when they released Van Dyke, a third-round pick out of Miami last year.
“I think as things played out throughout OTAs, minicamp and in training camp, we felt like that was a position that we needed to try to upgrade, and we felt like with the players that we brought in here that it helps us as a team to be better,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
Offseason free agent pickups Ron Bartell (St. Louis) and Shawntae Spencer (San Francisco) are the new starters. The Raiders also added free agent Pat Lee (Green Bay) to the cornerback mix during the offseason. They claimed cornerback Coye Francois off waivers from Seattle on Wednesday and cornerback Phillip Adams off waivers from the Seahawks on Saturday.
“It's all about winning,” Raiders free safety Michael Huff said. “Nobody's safe. If you're not doing your job, they're going to get somebody better.”
Hanson played the past six seasons with Philadelphia, primarily as a slot corner in the nickel.
“I have so much experience in the slot it's like second nature to me now,” Hanson said. “I feel like you have to be real smart in the slot and you have to know formations. I use my quickness to my advantage in the slot. Have to be tough. Have to fill the run. Almost kind of like a linebacker, a slash linebacker DB.”
Hanson said the Seahawks and Dolphins showed interest, but he chose the Raiders because he wanted to play for a team in California -- he grew up in Southern California -- and he like's this team's potential.
“I'm happy, man. I'm back in California,” Hanson said. “I grew up in L.A. a Raider fan, so this is a dream come true. Have a lot of talent here on offense, a lot of talent on defense. They can plug me in, too. I just want to contribute whichever way I can and hopefully l learn this playbook real fast and I can play on Monday.”
Adams adds depth in the nickel, too, but he can also help as a punt returner. As a rookie for the 49ers in 2010, he returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown. He returned four punts for 29 yards during the regular season that year and had been used by Seattle as a punt returner during this preseason.
“I'm just looking forward to the opportunity,” Adams said. “Happy I'm here. Just going to go out here and play hard. I'm just glad I'm here.”
The 49ers signed Adams in the seventh round in 2010. He's also spent time with the Patriots and Seahawks, so the Raiders are his fourth team, entering his third season.
“I don't think it's anything you get used to,” Adams said of changing teams. “I just think that you just keep on working. You just find a way to keep on working, getting better as a player. Hopefully a situation will be a good one for you. I think this one is. You want a place you call home.”
Van Dyke thought he'd found a home in Oakland when the Raiders drafted the speedster last year. But he struggled as a rookie and played poorly throughout much of this preseason.
“The NFL is not forgiving,” Bartell said. “It's always going to keep moving. It's not going to wait on any of us. You don't get used to seeing people come and go. No matter how long you play, it's not a pleasant part of the job. People put a lot into this. It's tough to see, especially younger guys who haven't had a full opportunity yet, it's tough to see them go. DVD's a talented young guy. He'll catch on somewhere.”
Apparently he was playing lights out for the first 2 weeks of camp and then fell apart in preseason games.
That sounds an awful lot like Keenan Lewis in 2010. Along comes Carnell Lake and the light pops for Lewis.
It's been said that Rahim Moore played his best football for Carnell Lake at UCLA.
Let's hope Carnell does it again with Van Lesbian.
It occurs to me that the guy who would have scouted DVD for the Raiders in 2011 was their DB coach at the time, one Roderick Woodson...Van Dyke was drafted, in part, due to Woodson's opinion of him...
Woodson was not retained by the Raiders, so it makes sense to me that the Raiders would cut ties with the players he brought in as well...
I would also imagine that there may have been some contact made, possibly by Carnell Lake himself, with Woodson regarding his firsthand experience in scouting and coaching Van Dyke...
Just a guess...
I like this move! The Steelers needed additional depth at the CB position and this is obviously a player that they coveted last year in the draft and see potential in. He has good size and excellent speed. He will contribute immediately on special teams that had me concerned during the preseason as far as the coverage units. Plus, the guy is loaded with natural talent and if Carnell can coach him up he could be a major contributor. This is one of those guys that the Steelers will pull off the scrap heap and the Raiders will regret letting him go. Plus on a side note I was playing Madden last night and got to the Raiders game and the guy picked off Big Ben twice in the first half. I thought to myself.....well that has to be a good sign, either that our I just suck!!! LOL