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David Amerson hopes to build on his career year

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Raiders' cornerback David Amerson hopes to build on the career year he experienced in 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Raiders’ cornerback David Amerson hopes to build on the career year he experienced in 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

David Amerson’s 2015 season started with the lowest of lows. He was cut by the team that once invested a second-round pick in the cornerback.

Remarkably, it finished with him producing a career season for the Raiders after being picked up in a waiver claim.

Amerson was second in the NFL in passes defensed with 25. His four interceptions were double what he had during his first two years plus two games in Washington, who took him No. 51 overall in the 2013 draft out of North Carolina State.

“To be honest, it was just something I was prepared for,” Amerson said of the rollercoaster season. “When I got released … I knew wherever I went — it ended up being here — I had to come in and make a statement. So that was my whole mindset throughout the season and as we went along. I thank the Lord I was able to do it.”

By season’s end, Amerson was ranked the No. 13 cornerback in the league by Pro Football Focus. He was placed just ahead of Sean Smith, the free agent the Raiders plucked from division rival Kansas City.

Now they’re prepared to form a potentially potent duo.

“I’m really excited,” Amerson said. “Sean’s a very smart due. He has no trouble passing the knowledge on. I’ve learned a lot just being around him these OTAs and so I’m excited to see how much more I can learn from him.”

Amerson said the biggest key for him in 2016 is to not dwell too much on his successful 2015 season.

“You’ve got to put last year behind and just improve as a player,” Amerson said. “Come out here, definitely don’t try to act like you know everything, because I know I don’t. There’s a lot of places I know I need to get better at.”

Amerson, who is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, said he’d like to work on being more physical. He thinks he can learn a little about from the 6-3, 218-pound Smith.

He also realizes that the presence of an established corner like Smith could mean defenses attack him more. That won’t be all that different from last year, when it took until the last couple weeks of the season for teams to start shying away from Amerson’s side of the field. But now he figures to see his share of balls come his way and is excited about that.

“Hey, it’s more opportunities to make plays,” Amerson said. “As a corner, you can never be scared of the ball coming your way. You’re out there on the island by yourself and you’ve got to stand up when the time comes. I know that going into my career. He’s an established corner in this league and I’m still trying to establish myself so I’m prepared.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • BoKnows

    Ok, I kept at it and found someone with a subscription that I could borrow access. Not sure if one long post is the best but I will try to make it coherent.

    1. From the opening statement you could already tell the bias that was going to be exhibited in the piece.

    2. They begin showing wartime full auto fire in vietnam etc and then state “Its the exact same gun with a single modification” referring to the select fire feature. But just the statement alone that they used could be used across many different guns. Like saying that a 50 cal rifle is the exact same gun as a .22 except for a single modification (modification being barrel diameter) as they all fire the same way.

    3. The second guy they talk to (the hunter) explains why he got into them after shooting them and he points out the weight and the reliability and accuracy. Aren’t reliability and accuracy common sense wants when purchasing something like this.

    4. The interviewer and Bryan Gumball then continue to repeat the “these are only used for one purpose – to kill people” every chance they get throughout the show. Once again showing their bias.

    5. A few of the clips with Mr. Sullivan they ask a question and they let the quick answer in and then the commentator voices over the video and you can see Mr. Sullivan continue his answer. This would go to my previous post where Mr. Sullivan states that his answers were definitely edited to misrepresent what he said. Refer back to other links with interview from Mr. Sullivan. Very common practice by “journalists” to make their point even if what the interviewee is not the same thing. Katie Couric’s recent “documentary is another example.

    6. Keeps going to the lethality of the AR15. All guns are lethal, and again when they were editing his answer they briefly described that it is actually the bullet design that was what did the damage (obviously). Even in handguns there are differences bullets of same caliber (round nose vs hollow point. Hollow point the preferred bullet for home defense.).

    7. Going back to the hunter and his multiple AR’s they start in on the targeting children. Then they show his daughters pink AR. They do fail to mention that that gun is chambered in .22. This is the standard caliber for junior shooters. So even single shot junior rifles are chambered in this caliber. So add it to the AR design that is light weight, ergonomics, adjustable stock length, and accuracy it makes a very good beginner rifle. And is no different from any other .22.

    8. They bring in the mother of a Newtown victim and go into how it was only deadly because of the gun used. This is absolutely false as even with just hand guns by the time the police arrived he would have been able to do the same damage.

    9. High capacity is a nice word used by the anti gunners. Generally what is called high capacity is actually standard capacity. To be accurate a high capacity magazine for an AR would be 50+ as 30 is standard. Handguns vary but standard capacity is generally 15-19 round capacity. So a 30 round mag for a Glock could be considered high capacity. A 1911 has a standard capacity of 7.

    10. They kept claiming that the San Bernadino Chief kept stating that the terrorist their had them outgunned so he ordered another 100 AR’s. Umm I thought the terrorists only had 2 even then there were only 2 of them so if they Police were outgunned then that sounds like an issue with the police department. Did they only send one person to respond?

    11. There are over 12 million AR’s in circulation and they are used in what less than 1% of shooting deaths in the US which means only a tiny fraction of a percent of AR’s are used for murdering people. In all over 300 million guns in circulation and only about 8,000 gun murders a year and most are committed by those prohibited from owning. So massive fear mongering on the part of the anti gun crowd.

    12. Towards the end when the interviewer was talking to Bryan about if people should have AR’s he does the typical talking point of well should we let people have RPG’s or tanks. Well people are allowed to own tanks and fighter planes so I guess so. And RPG’s arent really firearms. So strawman arguments.

    13. FInally, Why is it that we refuse to look at the person committing the crime vs what method they use. Most of these people have been mentally ill and or extreme ideologists, but instead we blame an object (but generally only in the case of guns). When people claim that only a gun like this can kill lots of people in a short period of time I always point out that a Chinese person hatcheted like 20 people a few years ago. People use bombs. I always stated how easy it would be to kill dozens of kids walking to school with a vehicle and now look what happened in Nice. Over 80 killed by a guy driving a box truck. So when are yall (not specifically you but the anti gun crowd) going to be consisten and start calling for box truck control. Or pressure cooker control (Boston)? I believe in blaming the person.