David Amerson has quickly found role with Raiders


In two games with the Oakland Raiders, cornerback David Amerson has established himself as a key player.

Amerson got starter’s playing time Sunday at Chicago after playing significantly in Week 3, just days after being claimed off waivers from Washington. Amerson, a second-round pick in 2013, played extensively as a rookie with the Redskins, but his playing time had decreased.

Still, with Oakland desperate for cornerback help, Amerson has quickly leapfrogged Neiko Thorpe and Keith McGill. Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said he's impressed with Amerson’s skill set.

“He’s really picked up the system well,” Del Rio said. “He’s done a nice job coming in here and showing some of the skill that we thought he would have, and he’s added to the group. He’s been a good contributor. He forced a nice turnover yesterday. He’s had some sticky coverage, and we think he’s got a chance to help us.”

In other Raiders' notes:

  • Del Rio did not have an injury update on safety TJ Carrie, who left Sunday's game in the second quarter after taking a hit on a punt return. The team announced that he had a chest injury. Carrie's arm was in a sling after the game. With Taiwan Jones dealing with a foot injury, both of Oakland’s returners are banged up.

  • Del Rio praised the play of defensive end Aldon Smith. Smith had his first sack as a Raider and he was dominant against the run. Del Rio said Smith has improved in each of the four games he’s played with Oakland.