The Oakland Raiders’ Ferocious Front Four

June 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If football games are won in the trenches, it's appropriate to take a closer look at the Raiders defensive line.

The Raiders released Gerard Warren this winter and defensive tackle Lamarr Houston from the University of Texas to solidify the defensive line.

Warren showed flashes the past couple seasons, but was inconsistent. The former first-round selection never played to fan expectations. The Raiders were the third team to give up on him. He was also due a sizable salary in 2010, and that money can be put to better use elsewhere.

The Raiders have surprisingly decided to put Houston at defensive end instead of his college position of defensive tackle. On the surface it seems like an odd move—in reality, it's a very logical one.

Houston’s talents, with the ability to play defensive end or slide over to tackle, bring a versatility the Raiders' front four has lacked in recent years. Houston will provide relief for an aging Richard Seymour at...

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