Schilens has all the un-teachable skills you can ask for in a receiver, as he stands 6’4”, weighs 225 lbs, and yet runs a 4.3+ 40-yard dash. Not many other WRs in the game can say the same, but Chaz still needs to prove his worth out on the field. 2010 will give the former 7th-round draft pick his best opportunity to do so. Oakland went out and traded for a mid-level QB in Jason Campbell, a guy who can at least buy time behind the line of scrimmage, is pretty accurate, and throws a respectable enough deep ball for Schilens to hook up with. He should be in the starting lineup from Week 1 and will be given ample opportunity to succeed. The Raiders certainly improved over the offseason, but they’ll likely still be playing from behind more often than not this year, so we expect Chaz to receive in excess of 100 targets on the season. If he and Campbell get on the same page as quickly as he did with Russell, Schilens’ upside could work out to be as a solid fantasy WR3 this year. If not, and the Raiders curse continues, he’ll be more suited as the 4th or 5th guy on your depth chart.
~ No other receiver on this team has as much talent as Chaz
~ The release of JaMarcus Russell and subsequent addition of Jason Campbell should cast loose the coaches fear of using the passing game as a weapon
~ There’s no proven competition for Schilens to worry about once he gains the starting job, which he will
~ Put this kid on a team with an elite QB and we’d likely be touting him as a mid-level fantasy WR2 this year. That's how much we like his skills