Training camp outlook: Cornerback

This is one story in a series that looks at the Oakland Raiders, who report for training camp on July 29 in Napa, CA, by position. Today, takes a look at cornerback:

Much to his dislike, the Oakland Raiders were not going to let Charles Woodson hit the free agent market without slapping him with the franchise tag. Woodson bounced back from an injury-plagued 2002 season with a strong 2003 campaign. The question then becomes – is this a training camp holdout waiting to happen?

The Raiders have envisioned Woodson teaming with third-year-man-to-be Phillip Buchanon as a shutdown corner tandem. Buchanon, however, has a long way to go before living up to that potential. Buchanon has a galling habit of making a big play and giving up three or four.

Second-year man Nnamdi Asomugha figures to be the nickel corner. Asomugha, who was a safety in college, is still adjusting to becoming a cornerback.

The Raiders added cornerback depth by signing veterans Ray Buchanan and Denard Walker. Both could also figure into the equation in the nickel and dime package. Buchanan could also be a candidate to start at free safety. Clarence Love and Ike Charleton are options as well.

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