There is no concrete proof that Philip Wheeler became a Raider with a big assist from the Raider Nation, but there are little pieces that indicate that tweets from Raiders fans helped.
Wheeler mentioned on Twitter that he was headed to Oakland to meet with the Raiders. It was the first team he actually mentioned on Twitter although he had met with the Dolphins 5 days before.
What followed was most likely a torrent of recruiting from the Raiders fans themselves via Twitter. The torrent of support and Silver-and-Black pride certainly had an effect on Wheeler.
Over the next half a day, Wheeler tweeted the following:
"Dang Raider Nation ain't no joke. They deep. Lol."
"Raider Nation showed love. Preciate that. Legendary placeRaider Nation showed love. Preciate that. Legendary place."
"I see that documentary they did on the Raiders fans was real. #RaiderNation seems strong."
Wheeler is coming from Indianapolis who, while supportive of their team, does not have nearly the number of fans nor the organization with fan sites that the Raider Nation does.
So, congratulations Raiders fans - you may have assisted the team in bringing in a prospective free agent.
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Wheeler is okay, just watched some footage of him extensively. he is good in run support, but BAD at pass protection. god help us! no more Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson PLEASE!
donkos are lame. they will get smashed upon. Palmer lit them up in his first start in 8 months or so.. i don't think he'll have a problem with the cast we have now. it'll be offensive shoot outs, but the raiders will come up on top.
How influential is the Raider Nation? So influential that a lot of other teams started referring to their teams as "Nations" too. What a joke. Shannon Sharpe calls Denver fans "The Nation" - as if. Think I met one Bronco fan in my entire life.
Wheeler should be a very good addition to this team. I definitely like his attitude, and it is always nice to see a player give props to his new team's fans...We definitely appreciate it....
Maybe we can pry Osi from th Giants for Louis Murphy and a future draft pick, have Houston rotate @ DE and DT. More versatility up front with Seymour, Kelly & Bryant having experience at both DT & DE as well! But gotta have a pass rusher!
So the biggest missing piece on the team right now is a natural pass rusher Either in the form of a DE or Blitzing LB. We need someone to take the pressure of Shaunasty that will also allow Kelly & Seymour to be productive.
Asher there is no doubt in my mind that we RaiderNation was a key in Wheeler's decision. Seems like a down to earth player who enjoyed the love. On another note the Raiders have flown under the radar & have had a strong off season. Lets hope it carries through the draft.
the guy is a good run stopper. he holds his edge well, something WIMPLEY would simply never do. we got the man for dirt cheap, yet another blue collar player, adding to the current collection. this team will work harder than any other since our last SB run. very encouraging, release us of the stupid penalties!
I would love to see Osi in the Silver and Black, but I don't really want to see more future draft picks being traded away.