That scenario is still a good bet to happen but it's not a two-inch putt either. Buchanon was limited to just six games as a rookie last season because of a broken wrist and has been hampered by a hamstring problem throughout training camp.
"I think we'll continue to work him on the left," Raiders head coach Bill Callahan said. "We're going to get him over on the right, when we feel it's right. As soon as this thing evens out, we'll have an opportunity to get him more reps on that side."
Buchanon will get every opportunity to win the job because Oakland spent a first-round draft pick on him but at this point Terrence Shaw is not giving up that job without a fight. Shaw started capably in six games last season after beginning the season as a dime back and has enjoyed an impressive camp.
"We're still in competition," Callahan said. "No one has really taken that position. It's too early to say. We're going to continue to evaluate and see how guys perform in the preseason and make those decisions."
Buchanon will have a big role one way or the other, whether it's as a starting corner, nickel corner or punt returner. Buchanon looked electrifying last season in returning an interception for a touchdown but lost in that was that he had some trouble in coverage.
"I think the matchup, it's not exactly going to be Phillip inside all the time," Callahan said. "It's how we deploy the matchup. You're going to see the nickel sometimes on the outside on a smaller guy and the corner will come in sometimes against the bigger guys."
Even though Buchanon has great potential, Shaw is off to an impressive start in training camp and is not about to give up the job without a fight. Shaw began last season as a dime corner but played capably in six starts.
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