David Amerson hopes to build on his career year

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.”


Jimmy Durkin

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

  • Dakota

    I am sure he is…..radicals love him.

  • Gdog

    Let me guess.. you are hoping for a Prez all the foreign countries HATE!

    Donate much to Trump yet?


  • the fat dr robert


  • Dakota

    Our country deserves better than Obama, clinton, bush or trump.

  • the fat dr robert

    Is that a reality show about rifflicks’s struggle to get out if bed every day?

  • rifflicks

    don’t worry John Kerry will fix everything

  • Gdog

    Wool yea.. I wanted Sanders. But Clinton at least won’t get us all killed and send us into the second great recession forking all our money to his billionaire buddies.

    I am kinda sick of Dems fixing all of you Wingnuts blunders!

  • the fat dr robert

    Cuz ur a wuss?

  • Especially the ME.

  • rifflicks

    Can’t you see how much safer and less violent the world is under Obama

  • Die Haters

    The truth


    Fik that. Go Turkish army!


    Only in brainless circles.

  • Gdog

    Dems voted for the person most likely to win. Pubs voted for the guy most bat-sheet crazy… just like them.


  • Gdog

    Speaking of which… How is that EU exit working out so far?


    You are out of your freakin mind
    President Obama’s foreign policy has been a worldwide disaster!

  • Die Haters


  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Ford, Carter, Nixon?
    Other than a few personality flaws, Nixon wasn’t bad.
    ‘And I’m pretty liberal.

  • Wasnt much of a coup, its all over and the turk army lost.

  • Gdog

    Brexit voter… no doubt.


    Like July 4th!
    No longer are autocrats telling the UK how to live.

    The U.K. contributes billions more to the EU than it receives back. The U.K. And Deutschland basically have financed the whole thing.

  • Arkraider

    I hear this 45,672 party is now over! Congrats Gents – record smashed!

  • Gdog

    We shall see after pizzing off all your former friends. You have everything you need on that island I assume! lol



  • Gdog

    What did England do right with this? Or are you still sucking on our teet since the Marshall Plan?

  • Fugazi

    Goodbye DA, The all time leader of the Blog


    The U.K. pizzed off the US?
    Did the UK back the USA too many times?

    Try to get a grip on reality Gdog.
    For example: 1. The EU exports far more items to the UK than the UK imports from the EU.
    2. Deutschland exports TEN more times items to the UK than the UK exports to Deutschland.

    Since you don’t know much about the subject perhaps you should stop proving that you’re ignorant Gdog.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Running out to load up on fezes

  • Dan78

    Where did all you guys go… Everyone blocked…

  • Gdog

    What does the USA have to do with you giving the finger to the entire EU? Yea.. you have everything you need on that island. I toured the Liberty ship at my last Oakland visit… we had to build thousands of them for you…

  • Die Haters

    New posts do that

  • the fat dr robert

    Feels like someone opened up the windows and let all the farts out.

    All that’s left are generally grown up cool people.



    Because you said moron that the UK had lost all its friends.

    I’ve only read football posts before.

    You should stick to that because your knowledge of Europe could be written on the head of a pin.

  • Gdog

    Well, if the EU isn’t going to sell you stuff, I am sure we can start building Liberty ships again!


  • BoKnows

    Thats who it was directed at. Basterds always getting that stuff wrong


    Gawd you’re stupid.

  • Aussie Raider

    Thank you sir.
    But don’t downplay your contributions on the blog.


    What ARE you talking dumbazz lol.

    I’ve wondered why people attack you so much but I get it now.

    Gawd you’re stupid! Lol

  • Gdog

    Hey my buddy landed there right after the Pound bottomed out. I bet he loved the decision! I was going to ask him to send me a bunch of free crap…


    I think you have ALL the crap that you need.


  • Gdog

    Is there a Raider Image there? I could have had him get me 3 jerseys for 10 bucks!

  • Gdog

    If your economy collapses because of this… I am sure you will be crawling on your hands and knees for a bailout and FREE MONEY.

    Its ok… we kind of like you guys…

  • RaidingTexas

    Ex-Apprentice star. Why does that not surprise me?

  • RaidingTexas

    Right. Because having a NATO ally overthrown by an Islamic movement would be great for us and the rest of the world. (eye roll)

  • RaidingTexas

    You’re supporting this imam mfer?


  • RaidingTexas

    LOL you’re not getting what I’m saying. Nevermind.

  • Mike_Trail

    I hope you are right!!

  • JLofty

    What you lazy pieces stopped posting?

  • BoKnows

    Ok so I have been trying to find the full episode without luck. The password I had for HBO is no longer good. In searching for them I did find a few forums discussing it. The main thing jumping out is that Mr. Sullivan (who was on the episode), stated that HBO edited and left out many of the things he stated in order to twist what he said. Sounds kind of similar to Katie Couric who just got into trouble with her “creative editing” of her anti gun documentary. Once again I wish I could see the whole thing and give my personal opinion, but can not, and will take the word of one of the AR creators that was on the episode.

    Here is one link with an interview with Mr. Sullivan after the episode aired where he discusses some of the edits. They also put some of the unedited transcript in there.


    This was a review by the same forum a few days before they interviewed Mr. Sullivan.


    Finally just another place discussing Mr. Sullivan and him saying that HBO’s edits were to misrepresent what he said.


    I know this is an old post know and I have enjoyed the discussion.

  • Raider O

    Me too bro.
    I was hoping you get a chance to watch it, so we can discuss a few of the points they made.
    I will read the interviews in the links and let you know what I think since I watched the episode.