Culpepper to get first half reps

Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin made it official Thursday when he announced that Andrew Walter will start at quarterback for Oakland in Saturday's preseason game against San Francisco.

Andrew Walter was a backup to Josh McCown in last week's preseason win over Arizona but impressed coaches with his work against the Cardinals and in practice this week.

"We feel that Andrew played well in the first game and it also gives us a chance to see guys in different settings," Kiffin said. "It gives Andrew a shot to go in with the first unit against the first defense, too."

Andrew Walter getting sacked versus Baltimore in 2006.
Daunte Culpepper, who was third in the QB rotation against Arizona, will be second on the depth chart against the 49ers while McCown will be Oakland's third quarterback for the game.

"It gives Daunte a chance to play in the first half and not sit the whole time," Kiffin said. "Then it will give us a look at Josh coming off the bench to see how well he does as well."

Kiffin also said the team had not made much progress in talks with first-round draft pick JaMarcus Russell. Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, has been spotted in Northern California recently but as of yet, negotiations between the two sides have yielded little.

As a result, Kiffin says the Raiders are moving forward without Russell for now.

"I've got to protect this team. I've got to do everything to get this team in position to win and play Detroit (in the season opener)," Kiffin said. "To take time to, whatever that means, JaMarcus, whatever that means, is not helping this team right now. If he gets here, when he gets there, we'll do everything we can. But right now we've got to get ready to win as if he's not here."

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