Friday, June 11, 2010
John Henderson jumps to Raiders
By Paul Kuharsky
No one sorts through the league recycle bin or provides more second chances than the Oakland Raiders. Defensive tackle John Henderson, released by the Jacksonville Jaguars shortly after they drafted Tyson Alualu with the 10th overall pick in the draft, is Oakland's newest reclamation project, Adam Schefter reports.
If he stays fit and dedicated Henderson can still play the run, though I am not sure how much of a pass-rushing force he will be anymore. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. told AFC West blogger Bill Williamson he likes the move.
The Jaguars have five new defensive linemen who figure to get significant playing time -- in veteran Aaron Kampman and the first four picks of their draft: Alualu, D'Anthony Smith, Larry Hart and Austen Lane.
Rather than installing new guys around Henderson, they decided to move on with new personnel and a new position coach, Joe Cullen. They are intent on improving a pass rush that produced one of the all-time worst sacks seasons in history with just 12 14.
Hopefully for Gene Smith and Jack Del Rio, the 2010 defense builds an identity, as the team has lacked one on that side of the ball since Henderson and Marcus Stroud ranked among the toughest DT pairings in the league.