Saturday, February 12, 2005

Something to Prove

CB Phillip Buchanon is under scrutiny once again after a less-than-stellar season in 2004. He still lacks the consistency and shut-down playmaking the Raiders envisioned when they traded up twice to draft him in the middle of the first round. He also is fresh from a miserable showing as a punt returner and requested a trade late in the season. The Raiders aren't apt to trade Buchanon, but they also aren't likely to stick with Buchanon as a starter unless he improves his consistency in coverage, tackling and knowing when to gamble in going for interceptions. He has the ability to be a top-notch player but he won't reach that level unless he changes his mind-set and becomes more team-oriented.

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