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Sands is central to Raiders' defensive asset
Terdell Sands as the Oakland Raiders’ defensive tackle has been in the National Football League since 2002. The 6-foot-7, 335-pounder has started in just one of the 44 games he’s showed in. It wasn’t until last season that the Chattanooga grad saw the field consistently, and he answered with 42 tackles, four stuffs, a sack and an interception. To stick with the team, Sands was offered with a four-year, $17 million contract by Raiders owner Al Davis, just over two months later. The plan was that the career one-game starter would plug Oakland Raiders’ defensive front for 16 games in 2007. If it fails, Oakland has no backup. Outside of the massive Sands, the Raiders' defensive tackle lineup is rather small and better geared to rush the passer, not stop the run.
Warren Sapp was the team’s first choice at defensive tackle, who has registered 94½ sacks in 12 seasons, has dropped 49 pounds over the last six months and now lists at a limber 285 pounds. Sapp's weight-loss effort sets him up to mirror or better his 2006 campaign, in which he took down the quarterback ten times in sixteen starts, but it's not as beneficial to the run-stuffing game. Furthermore, the next choice, Tommy Kelly, who's 6-6, 300 pounds, has seen action at both end and tackle over the last three seasons, but he has excelled coming off the end. The soon-to-be-fourth-year player started nine games at end in 2005 and recorded 4½ sacks, his best total as a pro. This season, he may be better served coming from the defensive end spot. After their first and second choices, the team of Oakland Raiders is left with only Anttaj Hawthorne (15 tackles in two years) and Josh Shaw (seven tackles in five years). Of the five interior linemen, Terdell Sands outweighs each by at least 30 pounds. He's also the second-tallest player on the Raiders' current 90-man roster. In 2007, the 27-year-old will undoubtedly be the biggest man on the Oakland Raiders' defensive line. Oakland, since the departure of veteran nose tackle Ted Washington in 2005, has lacked a dominating force up front, and Sands is the closest thing to Washington on hand. Rob Ryan, the team's fourth-year defensive coordinator, is hoping his young tackle can step up and repair a hole that plagued the 'D' all throughout 2006. For the last season Oakland's rushing defense allowed a 25th-ranked 134 yards per game, and it was run at a league-high 33.9 times a game. Despite the great efforts, Oakland Raiders failed to address the interior of its defensive line in late April through the draft, instead selecting end Quentin Moses with the first pick in the third round. Later, with the 138th overall pick, the Raiders added another defensive end, Jay Richardson, in the fifth round. The team's failure to pick up an additional rookie defensive tackle adds further pressure to Sands, who will start for multiple games in one season for the first time in his six-year career. As being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the final round of the year 2001 draft and sitting out two seasons, Terdell Sands has spent time on the bench behind Dana Stubblefield and John Parella in 2003, Warren Sapp and Ted Washington in '04 and '05, as well as Sapp and Kelly in 2006.
Terdell Sands is prepared to act as an anchor to a needy defensive front, after playing the waiting game. And it was and advantage for the Oakland Raiders as this player has a weight of 335 pounds.
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