Oakland Raiders: Chimdi Chekwa

Raiders tender six ERFA's

March, 5, 2014
Mar 5
The Oakland Raiders have tendered six of their exclusive-rights free agents.

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, originally a Raiders fourth-round draft pick in 2011, safety Brandian Ross, who signed with Oakland as a free agent in 2012, offensive tackle Matt McCants, originally a sixth-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2012 and fullback Jamize Olawale, running back Jeremy Stewart and linebacker Kaelin Burnett, all of whom were undrafted free agents signed by Oakland in 2012, were all given tenders.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Our chronological trip down the Plays that Defined The Oakland Raiders' Season list concludes with play No. 10, which, appropriately enough, came in the season finale.

Dec. 29, vs. Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning hits Demaryius Thomas with a 5-yard TD pass just before halftime.

Coming into the game, Manning had already set the single-season touchdown passing record with 51, so anything he added against the Raiders would be gravy. He did need, however, 266 yards passing to establish a new single-season passing yardage record.

So with the Raiders' defense having essentially liquefied since Thanksgiving, the cynics suggested Manning would set the mark in the first half. The Silver and Black optimists thought the Raiders' defense would make a stand or two before intermission, at least.

And yet, with 18 seconds remaining in the first half, Manning was a mere 5 yards away from passing Drew Brees in the record book … and the Broncos were on the Oakland 5-yard line, facing a first-and-goal situation.

Taking the snap out of the shotgun, Manning calmly spied Thomas in a curl route on the left in front of linebacker Kevin Burnett and placed the ball just beyond a diving Burnett's reach. Thomas cradled the ball, spun to his right, and walked into the end zone in front of cornerback Chimdi Chekwa. The Broncos led 31-0 at the half en route to a 34-14 victory that clinched the AFC's top seed for the Broncos.

With that completion, Manning had the single-season passing yardage record (5,477) and, with four first-half TDs, the single-season TD pass mark (55). The Broncos also became the highest-scoring team in league history that day, finishing with 606 points.

Manning did not play in the second half and some controversy bubbled up when a 7-yard completion to Eric Decker late in the first quarter appeared to be a lateral, which would have meant Decker had a 7-yard run rather than a 7-yard reception and Manning fell 6 yards shy of Brees. Alas, the NFL did not overturn the initial ruling of a completed pass and Manning holds the record.

The Raiders, meanwhile, had a front-row seat to history … and could do nothing about it as their season came to a merciful close on a six-game losing streak. They finished 4-12 for the second consecutive season.

Perhaps nothing encapsulated the Raiders' defensive failings in the second half of the season more than Manning carving them up in the first half of the finale.

Raiders report: CBs questionable

December, 27, 2013
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Sure, Nnamdi Asomugha is signing a ceremonial one-day contract to retire a member of the Oakland Raiders, but couldn’t he be convinced to suit up for one last game?

I kid, of course. Kinda. Because while the Raiders are as healthy as they’ve been all season -- when it comes to players available on the 53-man active roster -- their starting cornerbacks are a bit dinged up as they prepare for Sunday’s season finale against the Denver Broncos at the O.co Coliseum.

Tracy Porter was added to the injury report Friday with a hip issue and Mike Jenkins remained limited with a hamstring injury. Both cornerbacks were officially listed as being questionable to play against the Broncos.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Friday that Chimdi Chekwa has moved ahead of Phillip Adams on the cornerback depth chart and would start if Jenkins is unable to go Sunday. Chekwa had already been playing in place of Adams in Oakland’s nickel defense, with Porter sliding into the slot.

Also, rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson practiced a day after sitting out with a sore calf, meaning all 53 active players practiced for the second time this week, and season.

Following, then, is the Raiders’ status report for Sunday:

Out: None

Questionable: CB Mike Jenkins (hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (hip)

Probable: RG Mike Brisiel (knee), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder), RB Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf)