Oakland Raiders Have Pressing Need for Cornerback Help

Chimdi Chekwa grew up in Louisiana following the career path of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning from high school to the NFL. The way things are shaping up, the Oakland Raiders’ reserve cornerback will finally get to play against the potential future Hall-of-Famer when the two teams meet in Week 17.

Mike Jenkins was again limited in practice on Friday because of a sore hamstring and is questionable to play in Sunday’s game. Chekwa, a fourth-round pick in 2011, took the majority of reps in practice.

Additionally, the Raiders may also be without their other starting cornerback Tracy Porter. Porter was limited in practice with a hip flexor after not showing up on the injury report earlier this week.

That puts Oakland in the unenviable position of potentially having to face Manning and his quest for the single-season passing record without either of its starting cornerbacks.

“It’s going to be a challenge, obviously,” Chekwa said. “I mean, he’s a great quarterback who knows how to the put the ball where it needs to be. As a defensive back, you have to have good technique in position to try to make a play on the ball.”

Chekwa’s only other start in the NFL came during his rookie season. The opponent? New England and Tom Brady.

Facing Manning and his crew of receivers is just as daunting a task, if not more so. Manning needs 266 yards to break Brady’s single-season passing record. The Denver quarterback’s 51 touchdown passes are also an NFL record.

Manning will no doubt be licking his chops to chase the record against two mostly inexperienced cornerbacks like Chekwa and Phillip Adams, who will start if Porter can’t.

“He’s going to find the weakness in the defense,” Chekwa said. “We just have to make sure we execute the call, execute the defense and attack the football. I don&r...

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