By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 6:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.
That the Raiders would bring back Rashad Baker, a productive special teams player and safety last season, is no surprise.
The person they cut to make room is a different story.
Fullback Lorenzo Neal, a 17-year veteran and regarded as one of the premiere blockers at his position, was cut. Neal didn’t finish the first practice because of a hamstring pull.
Coach Tom Cable said Neal’s departure was the club’s decision, and not a voluntary retirement.
It means the club is confident enough in the health of Oren O’Neal, a third-year player who missed all of last season with a knee injury, to make him their lead fullback.
Keeping both O’Neal and Neal would be difficult in that they are the same style of player, meaning a younger player who can catch such as Marcel Reece, or a fullback/halfback such as Gary Russell, would have be sacrificed.
For those following my Twitter account, my phone would not allow me to post through most of the session . . .
More to come later . . .