Zach Miller and Friends = Hope for Oakland Raider Nation in 2010

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The 2009 season was difficult for Raider fans to endure.  The quarterback play was horrific for nine games.  The offensive line was fragile and inconsistent.  The defense couldn't stop the run or tackle in the open field.

It wasn't a total loss though.  There were some bright spots as well.  We witnessed the emergence of some good young talent and the maturation of some others.


Zach Miller is an elite receiving TE in the league and seems to improve by the minute.  He once again led the team in receptions and yards.  If he continues to mature at his current pace, he will reach the stratosphere! 

Mentioning him with names like Dave Casper, Kellen Winslow Sr., and Tony Gonzalez seems a little crazy this early in his career, but it is not out of the realm of possibility with this guy. 

Decent size, great hands, a willingness to learn and most importantly…a HUGE heart, all contribute to the making of a big time player.  There is no doubt in my mind that he will continue to grow and produce. 

He could use some improvement with his blocking skills and identification of the defense before the ball is snapped.  That will come with time; time to better understand angles and being able to read what the defense is trying to do to him.

As long as he gets help from the quarterback play, offensive line play and game planning, he should be starting Pro-Bowls in the near future.

Michael Bush is blossoming into a reliable and quality back.  His vision to see and exploit running lanes has improved over what he showed in college and there is no doubt that he is willing to finish his runs and deliver punishment. 

He still gets a little lost in a clogged line and seems to not know when to give up the hole and look to bounce outside or find a cut back lane....

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