Oakland Raiders: Without Zach Miller, Nnamdi Asomugha, It’s Next Man Up

No, its not an massive earthquake that just struck California, but many members of the Raider Nation have been completely shaken by the lost of two of their top players, Nnamdi Asomugha and now Zach Miller. Although many are at a point in which the Raiders are being written off, to quote head coach Hugh Jackson, it's nothing more than "next man up."

By no means am I trying to reduce the talent or importance that both played during the time they spent with the Raiders, but it's very important to note that football is a team sport and practically the rest of team is intact. With that being said, let's look at what has actually taken place.

Nnamdi Asomugha is very difficult to replace. You can't really look at his stats to assess how talented he is because quarterbacks rarely threw in his direction. Due to financial constraints, the Raiders chose to go with Stanford Routt.

Last year, quarterbacks threw at Routt three times as much as they did Ausomugha, yet they have exactly the same target/completion ratio at 39.4 percent.  Both Asomugha and Routt were tied for third in the NFL. Now that Asomugha is gone, Routt will be a fine replacement for him. He has already proved that he can play at the level of the top cornerbacks in the league. 

Based on reports coming out of practice, Chris Johnson has actually played better than Routt. By no means should this be confused with a game situation, but it's good to know that between Routt and Johnson and some of the younger players being groomed under Rod Woodson, the Raiders will fair very well both presently and in years to come.

Zach Miller has been the Raiders' top receiver for the past three seasons. This is a very telling statistic due to the fact that Miller is a tight end. Here is the thing: given the quarterback situation that existed in Oakland for the past three years, the tight end became more of a bailout than a target. Miller had great hands and ran sharp rou...

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