Sean Smith relegated to second string with Raiders

AP

Rookie first-round cornerback Gareon Conley has not yet taken Sean Smith‘s placing in the starting lineup. But Smith is no longer a starter nonetheless.

Via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Smith was dumped from the first team during a Friday scrimmage, with TJ Carrie starting across from David Amerson. The nickel corner was undrafted rookie Breon Borders.

Borders, who played college football at Duke, has drawn praise from quarterback Derek Carr. But Carr first had to know who Borders was before Carr could compliment him.

“Every time I turn the film on it’s like he makes a play,” Carr said. “That’s how those guys catch your eye. When you’re an undrafted guy, it’s hard, because obviously you’re not going to have the first or second-team reps all the time. It turns into a, ‘Who’s 31?’ kind of a thing. He’s really proven himself.”

By not dumping Smith before March 11, the Raiders became on the hook for $9.425 million in 2017. Unless they can trade Smith, they’re stuck with that amount. Which means they’re stuck with Smith. Who may have plenty of time to practice holding that Warrior Three pose while on the sidelines this year.

19 responses to “Sean Smith relegated to second string with Raiders

  1. I dont know what is up with this guy. He played well for K.C .. Ever since he came back to Cali, He has sucked. He’s getting toasted by our second string WRs also. Read a report yesterday that said he may not make the team.

  2. I believe he has a 4 year deal. They are apparently stuck for two but can’t they still save the last two by letting him go

  3. To the 1st comment, as a chiefs fan we knew he was done when he left here. Dorsey drove the price up on both him and Hudson by acting like they really wanted them back and the raiders over paid on both. I know your going to say Hudson is an awesome center but let’s objectively look at this the chiefs replaced him with two younger cheaper players for a third the price and seen no drop off in production. More reason why the chiefs are the better organization but I know you guys will never ever accept that reality. The chiefs aren’t relying on maybe our defense will be good enough this year for us to take the next step. No the chiefs defense is already good enough and this year we get Houston back fully healthy that should scare the bejesus out of ur qb.

  4. He probably doesn’t like playing for the Raiders or just doesn’t mesh well with their scheme and personnel. Could of also just got lazy.

    There’s so many reasons why things can happen, one would of to watch the film from the Chiefs & the Raiders and talk to him, to go through the process of elimination. But if he gets cut KC should pick him back up.

  5. therealraider says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:35 am
    I dont know what is up with this guy. He played well for K.C .. Ever since he came back to Cali, He has sucked. He’s getting toasted by our second string WRs also. Read a report yesterday that said he may not make the team.

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    He looked better in KC because the Chiefs defense is about 10x better than the crap show in choketown. He can’t be hidden in that mess like he was in KC. Enjoy the 10mill scrub.

  6. it’s a clean cut next year if need be, with zero dollars going to dead space. That was never the intention when he was signed, but bottom line this guy is getting toasted in camp. Conley has not even taken a snap yet. One would have to think once he gets in the mix, Smith could move down even farther on the depth chart….How about Vanderdoes, and Hood—so far so good.

    Go Raiders!!!!

  7. When 1 player goes from a defense surrounded by pro bowlers to a defense like Oakland, you’ll see the drop off. It’s the same as a #2 WR getting paid in free agency because the QB he has was accurate and the #1 WR gets double teamed. Chiefs have probielers at every level so the pass rush created many opportunities for Smith.

    That said, Smith got paid and fell off the earth. I’d attribute his lack of success to money and a below average defense.

  8. He was exposed while playing with the Chiefs, he’s too rigid and can’t flip his hips. On top of that, he doesn’t have the wheels to lineup one on one with fast receivers.

    I said he sucked with the Chiefs and I’ve said he sucks with the Raiders too.

    Time to move on from him.

  9. therealraider says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I dont know what is up with this guy. He played well for K.C .. Ever since he came back to Cali, He has sucked. He’s getting toasted by our second string WRs also. Read a report yesterday that said he may not make the team.

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    Sounds like a former Raiders CB that other QB’s wouldn’t even throw at. He then went to Philadelphia an became the target to look for. Nnamdi Asomugha was quickly becoming a Raiders legend on and off the field before going to the Eagles.

  10. The Raiders really had no choice but to keep Smith on the March 11 deadline. There was no indication that they’d have the possibility of drafting a talent like Conley at that point (6 weeks prior to the draft). Now that Conley is with the Raiders and those legal issues are behind him, I have little doubt that he’ll soon become a starting CB and that Smith won’t be with the Raiders in 2018.

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