Scott a solid option if Burgess is traded

Trevor Scott was drafted to help the Raiders pass rush but with two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Derrick Burgess the subject of ongoing trade rumors, Scott could be in line for a starting job. Find out about what Tom Cable has to say about the trade talks and see what Scott thinks about it all.

The Raiders opened up access to their offseason organized team activities Wednesday and there were a few noticeable absences from the voluntary workouts. Chief among them were first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey, Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and defensive end Derrick Burgess, who has been the target of trade rumors for the past month.

Burgess attended the team's mandatory mini-camp in May but did not take part in any of the five practices because of the stomach flu, fueling speculation the two-time Pro Bowler is unhappy over his situation with the Raiders and is seeking an out.

Earlier this week there were reports that Oakland was in discussion with New England regarding a possible deal for Burgess in exchange for a high- to mid-round draft pick.

Addressing the rumors, Raiders head coach Tom Cable said he expects Burgess to be with the team when the 2009 season begins.

"I do expect to go in with him here," Cable said. "But we get inquiries all the time about players and this football team. That one was kind of a surprise. There was some talk during the draft obviously but people inquire about players on this team all the time. So we listen to everything."

Which means the Raiders, if they aren't currently talking to some team about Burgess, won't hesitate to listen.

While that soap opera continues to play out, though, Trevor Scott has been busy prepping for a run at a starting job. With Burgess not at practice, Jay Richardson has been moved over from the right end spot to left end while Scott has jumped in at the right side.

Scott, a sixth-round draft pick a year ago, added more than 10 pounds in the offseason but doesn't appear to have lost any of the speed and quick burst that helped him share for the team lead in sacks as a rookie.

"My comfort level is so much higher," Scott said. "I'm not out here searching, feeling my way around with things. I don't have that mindset of, 'Oh man, I'm in the NFL now. These guys are great.' They are great, but I feel like I'm great too. Just my confidence level and playing. The older guys helping me and pushing me. I'm trying to start this season. I want to make an immediate impact and play my butt off."

Even if Burgess is not traded away, the Raiders expect big things from Scott as they try to turn around a pass rush that generated just 32 sacks in 2008. Richardson hasn't panned out as the complete defensive end they hoped he would be and there isn't much else on the roster in terms of depth, though Oakland did use a third-round pick this year on Wisconsin defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

If Burgess is traded, however, the expectations on Scott and the rest of the defensive line will increase significantly.

"I haven't really been paying attention to what's going on," Scott said of the Burgess trade rumors. "I heard a bunch of hearsay but that's all it is right now. It's just speculation. Only Derrick really knows what's going on. I try to stay away from that and let him figure things out."

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