If health is a skill, Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens doesn’t have it.
We’ve heard for a while now that Schilens is a quality starting wide receiver. We’ve even believed it; he and Louis Murphy would be a better starting group than the Raiders have had for years if Schilens was healthy. (And the team didn’t stubbornly start Darrius Heyward-Bey.)
Here’s the thing; Schilens is never healthy for long. Raiders coach Tom Cable said Schilens may need surgery on his knee, according to the Oakland Tribune. It seems Schilens has been overcompensating for his surgically repaired foot, which bothered him all of last year.
Jason Campbell is a big upgrade at quarterback, but it’s going to be very difficult for him to succeed if Murphy — a second year player that was taken in fourth round — is the only reliable wideout he has to throw to.