Raider notebook

Cornerback Charles Woodson, wide receiver Carlos Francis and center Adam Treu were limited in Saturday's morning practice for the Oakland Raiders.

Woodson was limited in the morning practice with a sore groin and did some running along the sideline. Francis walked gingerly off the field midway through the morning practice with a sore hamstring. Treu had what Turner described as a "slight pull to the calf."

Backed into a corner

At first glance, the Oakland Raiders drafting two cornerbacks with their first two picks might have signaled that Nnamdi Asomugha's starting job might be in jeopardy.

Oakland drafted Fabian Washington (first round, Nebraska) and Stanford Routt (second round, Houston). Turner indicated that while Washington and Routt will get every chance to push for a starting job, the spot belongs to Asomugha, whom Oakland drafted in the first round in 2003 from California, for the time being.

"You can say all you want but if you draft one, two at corner you better get ready to have a good offseason and he did," turner said of Asomugha. "We told him he's in our plans but he looked to see if I had a finger crossed. We like him. He's a talented young player."

Third down

It's no secret that if the Raiders defense, which has ranked 30th and 32nd in each of the last two seasons on the way to a 9-23 record, improving to at least middle-of-the-pack would go a long way toward avoiding another double-digit loss season.

Oakland, however, was especially inept in allowing teams to convert an NFL-worst 47.4 percent of its third down plays.

"The number one way you get better on third down is get pressure because the teams that are the best on third down get pressure," Turner said.

Oakland recorded just 25 sacks last season, seven against the virtually immobile Drew Bledsoe.

Quick hits

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Wide receivers coach Fred Biletnikoff barked at receiver Johnnie Morant in the morning practice by saying, "Johnnie, get the f--- over here!"

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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