Diminishing returns

Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has faced only 10 passes in 10 games this season, with three being completed for a combined 13 yards. Here's a breakdown:

Date Opponent Intended receiver Route Result

Sept. 8 Broncos Eddie Royal Slant 6-yard gain

Sept. 14 Chiefs Dwayne Bowe Sideline Incompletion

Sept. 14 Chiefs Jeff Webb Slant Incompletion

Sept. 14 Chiefs Jeff Webb Sideline 7-yard pass interference penalty

Sept. 21 Bills Lee Evans Sideline 7-yard gain; forced fumble

Sept. 28 Chargers Chris Chambers Sideline Incompletion

Oct. 19 Jets Jerricho Cotchery Quick out No gain

Oct. 19 Jets Laveranues Coles Sideline 5-yard illegal contact penalty

Oct. 26 Ravens Demetrius Williams Sideline Incompletion

Nov. 9 Panthers Steve Smith Deep Interception

What they're saying

n "The thing that impressed me about Nnamdi is that he got better every year. He kept studying, working and going about his business. He didn't just come into this league and settle. He worked hard to get to where he's at." — Raiders receiver Ashley Lelie on his impression of Asomugha from when Lelie was with Broncos

  • "When he's pressed up (in man-to-man coverage), he has that left-arm jam that is probably one of the best in the league. He has a long stride. He is kind of deceptive with his speed; he can run with anybody. He has a good feel for when double-moves are coming. He is playing at a high level." — Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler

  • "The people that throw at him usually get beat. He's not going to be challenged (often), but he plays 100 percent on every play. He plays the run, he plays the pass, he's a competitor. "... For people not to talk about him as the top corner in the NFL, along with Champ Bailey, is a crime." — Broncos coach Mike Shanahan

  • "He reminds me a lot of Albert Lewis: tall, lanky, long arms, hard to get the ball over him. He's playing exceptionally well. There's a reason why (quarterbacks) don't throw over there." — Panthers coach John Fox

  • "The quarterback looks over there, and the guy's not open. So it's hard to throw to a guy that's just blanketed all the time. And when you watch the tape, that's pretty much how it works with him. ... It's not just the coverage. He does it all. He plays the run. He gets off blocks. He's always in position, zone or man, he's just a complete player." — Ravens coach John Harbaugh