Three players really stood out to me in yesterday's win over the Oakland Raiders; Quentin Jammer, Luis Castillo, and Marcus McNeil
Luis Castillo was aggressive and relentless. He showed excellent use of his hands and got great leverage on his blockers. Castillo was a thorn in Jamarcus Russell's side all day, consistently pressuring the young QB and even managing to notch 1.5 sacks on the day. When he is healthy, Castillo is an absolute force.
Marcus McNeil has missed significant practice time due to a back injury, but you would never know it watching him play on Sunday. McNeil virtually flawless in only his second game started this year. Rivers did see pressure, mainly up the middle. But his blindside was well protected and that's because McNeil played up to his Pro Bowl form.
In the secondary, Quentin Jammer continues to play like the shutdown corner he is. More than just eliminating passes to his side, Jammer also plays a crucial role in the run game with his heat-seaking mentality and willingness to mix it up. His stat line on Sunday belies the impact he had on the game. He saved a touchdown by tackling Russell before he could get into the endzone, and he also made a crucial hit on Ronald Curry to help topple the Raiders' last ditch efforts in the fourth quarter.
Finally, I'd like to give a shout-out to Tim Dobbins; I'll have to go back and watch his performances the past two weeks a little closer, but suffice to say he is making his case to start in the base defense.
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