ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders spent money to get better on defense and according to our ESPN panelists, it is working.
Two days into a two-week project, the Raiders have two defenders on ESPN.com's Top 100 players list. In last year's ESPN.com NFL Top 100 offensive and Top 100 defensive players, the only player to represent the Raiders was defensive back Charles Woodson.
A day after new defensive end LaMarr Woodley was ranked at No. 99, fellow new defensive end Justin Tuck comes in at No. 89. The former Giants' standout signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Raiders.
I can see why Tuck is on this list. He has had individual success, he's been part of good defenses, and he's known as a good character player. Those are all worthy of being a top-100 player. By all amounts, Tuck is fitting in well with the Raiders on and off the field and he may be a much-needed addition.