Oakland Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Oakland Raiders.

Terrance Shaw is an agreeable sort of fellow but he knows his limitations and isn't afraid to admit it.
   The Raider cornerback shifted to free safety last week in a game where the Raiders' secondary was scorched for 303 yards by Cincinnati's Jon Kitna only to pull out a 23-20 victory.
   He was an emergency starter at deep safety when starter Rod Woodson had knee surgery and backup Anthony Dorsett was slow to heal from an ankle injury. He made it clear that the day was far from perfect and that he harbors no intentions of going after Woodson's job.
   "That's Rod's job, man ... I am a cornerback," he said. "It was cool being back there and all, but when I had a chance to get out on the corner and they threw one up at me, I was like `YEAH!' "
   There is a good chance Dorsett might be able to return Monday when the Raiders play Denver at Mile High Stadium. That would allow Shaw to go back to right corner and return Phillip Buchanon, who started at Shaw's position, to go back to his nickel responsibilities.
   Buchanon's start was a mixed success. An 83-yard interception return for a touchdown saved the Raiders' skins but Buchanon also was partly responsible for Kitna's yardage. Trying to defend Chad Johnson (8-for-131 receiving), Buchanon wound up yielding 10 completions for 141 yards.
   The trick in Week 1 was just to survive and thanks to Shaw's experience, it came about.
   "Coach (Bill) Callahan told me `Good job,' " Shaw said. "So I must have done pretty good."
   On the other hand:
   "If I am still back there, it's because I am just trying to help out the team," Shaw said. "It was different. I was in every morning at 6:45 watching film. I left late. IO wanted to be sure I knew where the guys were supposed to be lined up and where I was supposed to fit into the running game. It was a lot of work."

   -- If S Anthony Dorsett has recovered from his ankle sprain, he will probably return to the free safety spot where he started for two years (2000-2001).
   -- If Dorsett can play, Terrance Shaw will return to right cornerback after filling in when Woodson had surgery.
   -- RB Justin Fargas ranks 18th in the AFC in rushing despite having only four carries. Of his 62 yards, one was a 53-yard romp, pumping up his average per carry to 15.5 yards.
   -- Despite averaging 52.2 yards a punt, Shane Lechler ranks only second in the NFL in average to Buffalo's Brian Moorman (53.8).
   -- Second year CB Phillip Buchanon continues to be a big play kind of player. Not only does he have that 83-yard interception return, he has returned a punt 38 yards. Last year he returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown and an interception 81 yards for another. He also handed off to Terry Kirby on a reverse on a punt return and Kirby took it 79 yards for a score.


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