8/14 Raiders notebook

Exhibition games mean nothing in terms of standings that count. Saturday night's 21-13 Oakland Raider loss to the San Francisco 49ers is no different. The game, however, still matters in terms roster spots and positions on the depth chart. The Oakland Raiders had their share of players who helped and hurt themselves. Here's a closer look:

HELPING THEMSELVES

Kerry Collins: The starting quarterback job is unquestionably his but it was encouraging to see him have a smooth performance in going 8-of-12 for 68 yards. Most importantly, Collins made good decisions and did not force the ball into coverage.

Lamont Jordan: Again, not that he has any worries about a starting job but Jordan had an encouraging performance carrying four times for 23 yards. He caught three more passes including a beautiful one-handed grab with his left hand.

Doug Gabriel Hardly a factor as a receiver but had a couple of decent kickoff returns and an outstanding 37-yard punt return to set up a field goal.

Tommy Kelly, Bobby Hamilton and Warren Sapp: Granted, the 49ers have an injury-plagued offensive line but all three applied pressure on Alex Smith. Sapp sacked Smith. Is there a reason why he's a better fit for the 4-3 as a tackle and not a 3-4 end?

Johnnie Morant and Randal Williams: Both have a tough fight to make the roster but each had an active receiving game with four grabs apiece.

Chris Carr: Intercepted Ken Dorsey and added two solid punt returns, which might be his tick to a roster spot.

HURTING THEMSELVES

Fabian Washington, Stuart Schweigert and Stanford Routt: Schweigert has a good handle on the free safety job but not even the speed of Routt and Washington could prevent big plays.

Jay Foreman: Not much of a factor at linebacker and missed his block in a punting situation that caused Shane Lechler to be on the run.

LaShaun Ward A longshot to make the roster but fumbling a kickoff that led to a San Francisco touchdown won't help his cause.

Courtney Anderson: Committed an illegal shift penalty and dropped what looked like a touchdown pass. Granted the pass was high and it would have been a nice grab but it's one Anderson should have caught.

Tyler Brayton and Corey Hulsey: Their most notable plays were penalties.

A LITTLE OF BOTH

Marques Tuiasosopo and Andrew Walter Both had good moments but three interceptions between the two has to be considered a negative.

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


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