Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Jun 2010

Raiders Sign John Henderson

Oakland has added John Henderson to the roster. Henderson should allow them to push Richard Seymour outside in the 4-3, although the Raiders do tend to shift Seymour and Tommy Kelly through all four of their defensive end slots.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 11 Jun 2010

19 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2010, 5:17pm by t.d.


by chemical burn :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 3:38pm

Huh. Is it just me or do the Raiders seem to be making a lot of reasonable moves this off-season? It's weird. It's almost as though the franchise was competent as recently as 2002...

by tuluse :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:12pm

Their moves this off-season have made more sense than usual IMO.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:29pm

Al Davis painting himself purple and running across midfield at the coin flip screaming "I'M THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND" makes more sense than the Raiders' usual offseason moves.

by chemical burn :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:56pm

But has it reached a point where you could reasonably start to think "Weak division... Good off-season moves... Wild Card berth?"

by alexbond :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 6:02pm

The AFC is too tough - you think the Raiders are going to beat out teams like the Steelers, Texans, or Jets/Pats? Second place in the AFC West is a reasonable prediction, but there will be some pretty good AFC teams in 2nd place in their divisions who could kick the pants off the Raiders. A wild card spot is a bridge too far at this point.

by some guy (not verified) :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 6:31pm

I agree, but it is eye opening to see how close they are. Somehow they have put together a strangely good defense but their offense is still pretty unremarkable, although maybe no longer completely impotent.

by Duff Soviet Union :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 9:33pm

Yeah, I agree. I think second place in the AFC West is quite reasonable, but it will probably involve them finishing 7-9 and 20th in DVOA. I don't think they're that far from the playoffs though. Even if you're not his biggest fan, you have to admit that Jason Campbell is a huge upgrade over Jamarcus the Hutt, and they didn't break the bank to get him. Their offensive line is ok, their defence could / should be ok and now their quarterback is ok. They desperately need someone for him to throw the ball to though.

by chemical burn :: Sun, 06/13/2010 - 6:06pm

Well, I do think that they could slip into the playoffs with, say, a 9-7 record, but I guess that's outlandish because teams like the Texans or Steelers would make surely make the playoffs if the bar were ever set so low...

by RaxGrissman :: Mon, 06/14/2010 - 3:10pm

I put 4$ on the Raiders to win the SB... the odds were 51/1, and I figured of all the teams that low the Raiders were most likely to pull it off.

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 6:01pm

tremendous mover by Raiders. team clearly on upswing and goomng to win afc west thuis season

by Temo :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 1:22am

This move would make tons of sense, if John Henderson didn't suck. But he does. So no. It's a bad move.

by tuluse :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 1:43am

I laughed at this way more than I should have.

by Temo :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 11:22pm

Then I've succeeded.

by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 8:40am

You ate wrong. This move is gerat. Henderson good qiality player to add to mix

by DGriz (not verified) :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 10:08am

I'm starting to wonder if Al Davis is in a coma somewhere and his staff is actually making these decisions. These don't seem like the Al Davis moves to me. I mean that in a good way.

by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 3:07pm

Al Davis is football god. Just happened to makle some moves that were good but player or coach didnt follow through. Kiffin goof hire but he truned out to be jerk and moron so davis did even greayter moe and fired him. Russell pick good but then player get fat and careless so then davis get rid of him.

by Manonanon (not verified) :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 5:44pm

Kiffin goof hire indeed

by Ned (not verified) :: Sun, 06/13/2010 - 11:50pm

"Russell pick good but then player get fat and careless so then davis get rid of him"

Fat man make Davis angry! Davis smash puny human!....

by t.d. :: Mon, 06/14/2010 - 5:17pm

At one time, Henderson was a terrific player