8/3 Raiders notebook

The notion of special teams helping a player make an NFL roster might just help Chris Carr make the Oakland Raiders roster.

Carr is a cornerback and undrafted free agent from Boise State attempting to make the Oakland Raiders roster but special teams would appear to be his meal ticket onto the roster. Carr is vying for the punt return job. Phillip Buchanon, who performed in that role last season, was trade to Houston during the offseason.

"When I worked with a guy named Ernie Zampese (former NFL offensive coordinator), he started every season by saying that the more things you can do, the better your chances are to make a football team," Raiders head coach Norv Turner said.

After averaging 11.9 and 13.6 yards on punt returns, Buchanon averaged just 5.8 last season and called for fair catches when he seemingly had chances for big returns. Carr added that won't be his approach.

"I probably have to think about it a little bit more," Carr said. "My thing is to try to catch and score no matter what. I caught punts in college with guys right there in my face. A lot of times the gunners aren't getting there as fast in the NFL because they're getting double-teamed. I don't think I'll fair catch too many times."

Walter making an impression

Quarterback Andrew Walter continues to make his bid to push Marques Tuiasosopo to the No. 3 job.

The Raiders drafted Walter in the third round from Arizona State University, where he broke Hall-of-Famer John Elway's Pac-10 record for career touchdown passes. In fact, most people believe that Walter is a better fit for Turner's offense than Tuiasosopo.

"Andrew had the benefit of playing in a system where you threw a lot," Turner said. "He's got a quick release and good mechanics."

Quick hit


Center Adam Treu continues to nurse a calf injury. Treu did some fast walking during the afternoon practice.

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

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