Sat. Training camp notes


Despite incumbent starting free safety Anthony
Dorsett's
foot injury, free agent signee Rod Woodson
has not yet surpassed him on the depth chart.

Raiders coach Bill Callahan said that Dorsett would
likely be out until the end of the week. Oakland,
which returned to the practice for just an afternoon
session Saturday, signed Woodson in May.

The common belief is that the Raiders signing Woodson,
a 10-time Pro Bowler, suggests they are not
comfortable with the idea of going with Dorsett for
another season and perhaps prompted several folks to
draw conclusions that Woodson would replace Dorsett
immediately - even though that scenario is highly
probable.

"In all fairness, when Rod came in here we discussed
where he was going to be and who he was helping,"
Callahan said. "We're moving forward and we'll see
what happens in the next couple weeks. They're both
competing hard at that position. We just haven't come
out and declared a starter at that role yet."

Will Knight's shining time come?
Wide receiver Marcus Knight has had a quiet preseason
after standing out in the 2000 and 2001 exhibition
seasons.

Knight has yet to catch a pass after a productive
summer for the Amsterdam Admirals (NFL Europe), where
he was second in the league with 40 receptions.
Callahan, however, suggests the Knight's limited
opportunity is more reflective of trying to preserve
after going through a season overseas.

"It is long and taxing," Callahan said. "The
offseason program here sometimes equates to what we're
doing here."

Callahan added that Oakland would probably keep "four
or five" receivers.

"I'm just taking it day by-day and taking advantage
of every opportunity that I have," Knight said. "The
coaches have a plan and are doing the things they want
to."

NOTES-The Raiders held out wide receivers Matthew
Hatchette
and Tim Brown (quad), right guard Mo Collins
(knee contusion), Dorsett (foot), defensive end Emil
Ekiyor
(ankle), defensive tackle Mike Mohring (knee)
a
nd punter Shane Lechler (quad). Callahan added that
Lechler is "getting better" and linebacker Bill
Romanowski
(back spasms) left practice early. . Left
guard Frank Middleton took reps at right guard and
Matt Stinchcomb got some work at left guard with
Langston Walker gaining reps at right tackle. .
Quarterback Rich Gannon connected with James Jett
(twice) and Knight (once) on 40-plus yard touchdown
passes. . Kicker Sebastian Janikowski tried his first
field goal attempt from 29-yards away, the same
distance he missed in Thursday's 24-14 loss to
Tennessee. He later concluded a pair of two-minute
drills with kicks of 43 and 54-yards. . Carl Weathers,
who played linebacker for the Raiders in 1970-1971
took in a day at the practice field.


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