Raiders workout kick returner

With their kickoff and punt return units near the bottom of the league rankings, the Raiders went out looking for a boost and brought in a veteran returner for a tryout.

The Raiders brought in veteran kick returner Tim Dwight for a tryout on Wednesday. No word on whether a deal between the two sides has been reached but Dwight's presence on the practice field alone is a signal Oakland is looking to upgrade its special teams. Dwight, 32, has played for four teams in NFL seasons. He was most recently with the New York Jets in 2006 but was released in the August. He has since had tryouts with several teams, including the Patriots, before his workout in Oakland.

A wide receiver with only 188 career receptions, Dwight has made his way in the NFL with his work on returns. He has two career kickoff returns for touchdowns and three on punt returns. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound veteran has two 202 career kickoff returns with a 23.4-yard average, including two for touchdowns. Dwight also has 176 career punt returns with a 9.8 average and three touchdowns.

The Raiders rank 29th in kickoff returns this season with a 20.6-yard average and are dead last in punt returns with a 2.1-yard average. Chris Carr has handled the kickoff return duties for Oakland and added punt return chores last week against San Diego after coach Lane Kiffin sat rookie returner Johnnie Lee Higgins.

While Dwight worked out on one of the Raiders' two practice fields Wednesday, Kiffin addressed reporters and said the team had not given up on Higgins.

"We want to continue to work with Johnnie and think Johnnie has a really strong future. (He) obviously did some good things in the preseason but we threw Chris back there as a change-up. We'll continue to evaluate the position."

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