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Johnson believes Raiders' young corners will improve

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By Eli Kaberon

Raiders CB Chris Johnson has been hobbled by a hamstring injury, which caused him to miss the Patriots game in Week Four. While the veteran defender is eager to get back on the field — which he believes will happen in Week Six vs. the Browns — the time on the sideline has given Johnson the opportunity to watch and mentor the team's two rookie cornerbacks, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa.

Johnson said that while both players have flashed talent so far, they also have struggled, in large part because the lockout prevented them from fully learning the playbook and understanding Oakland's defensive schemes.

"Coming into the NFL compared to college, it's totally different," Johnson told PFW. "You might have three or four coverages in college compared to 12 or 14 in the league, so offenses are now so much more complicated compared to being in college. I think right now (Van Dyke and Chekwa) are picking it up, without having any offseason workouts or studying in the offseason, so they're doing quite well."

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