Grove tryout tied to Veldheer’s success?


Former Raiders starting center Jake Grove was in for a tryout, according to a report in the National Football Post.

Will check it out later today at the facility, but it makes sense. Grove would be available probably for the veteran minimum, Cable likes him, and the Raiders need another center.

Based on his performance over the last two weeks, rookie third-round pick Jared Veldheer has a leg up on being the Raiders left tackle for the next several years. He’s also currently the backup center. Starter Samson Satele has been injured in each of the last two weeks with a concussion and a knee strain, and the Raiders would probably be better off leaving Veldheer where he is.

Bringing in a center would mean creating roster space and the Raiders don’t appear to have a lot of room on the offensive line. Bruce Campbell has the least significant role at present in terms of playing time, but is too intriguing a talent to let go.

The Raiders might consider going with one less running back, having kept Michael Bennett on the roster originally because of a fractured thumb sustained by Michael Bush and Darren McFadden’s hamstring strain.

More to come later . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • DMAC

    # SilverAndBlackBleeder Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    We should be better than them at every other facet of the game, except maybe Special Teams, but we might have the edge there too considering we locked Seattle’s special teams down and they were the best in the league….Actually, we do have the edge there with Succop good to miss at least one field goal Sunday
    I don’t know if we shut down Seattles Sp. Teams, but we didn’t give up a TD. Washington still has a field day, and I was worried every time he touched the ball on returns.

  • Brien the Grand Guru


    Get em Old man Kell!

  • Oakland_raiders

    Routt is no good vs the WR in the slot, that’s why he looks so much better this year. As long as the Raiders keep it this way he will be fine.

  • I remember “Bree The Wannabe”, “Breein the blog Queein”. “King of the blog”

    What else, Bree? Quick, I’m heading for the barbershop.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • raiderdeek

    Brien the Grand Guru Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:39 am
    Routt has played well this year and no one can deny this….I kept saying in summer he could play cuz I remember 07 season then they got MeAngelo Falls and started Nickel back CJ over him
    i think he’s playing better than last year…and he had a good game last week but I can’t say that about him the first 5 weeks. He got burned badly on a bunch of plays this year most notably the Titans and Texans games. Also does anyone remember the last few minutes of the SD game? Rivers threw that bomb to Floyd in the last few minutes…Raiders were playing prevent and Routt still got burned by 2 yards…Floyd dropped it and Routt dodged that bullet. We know CJ and Routt will be tested this week for sure. Let’s just all hope that the “new” Routt shows up.

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Yeah, we should have enough to get ’em…Thats what sucked about the San Fran game so much…our offense couldn’t capitalize on ish in the RedZone, and those few big plays late were too much (and it really shouldn’t have been. The D really didn’t cost us that game. O didn’t perform enough)…That shouldn’t be the case this Sunday…We always run wild on KC and this Sunday should be no different….Lookin’ forward to McClain contributing to a turnover somehow too sometime soon…Let’s get it big boy! I’ve been vouching for his behind since we scooped him, but it’s slowly coming around. I’m impressed that him and Marshall together have been able to have everyone in the right spot on D. Can’t remember how many times we weren’t even around the ball last year when big plays happened….

  • DMAC

    Routt and CJ will be fine. We should be more worried about our young DB, Ware covering their slot receiver. But anyways I’m not worried about their passing.
    We contain Jones and Charles and we WIN!

  • 8RaiderReign8

    I can’t wait for this game. It will be close, but I have faith.

  • Seymour Bush

    Brien the Grand Guru Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Shut up about Clinton he did nada…..no one knew the e-commerce boom would happen the way it did…..

    Come on Brien, you’re starting to sound more ridiculously clueless than your boyfriend mistabrown the browns fan. And that is saying something!

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Yeah, Cassel being Cassel is always a good thing…Hopefully we expose that piece of crap QB, and show how good he really isn’t…Half of the stupid East Coast media that don’t even watch the Chiefs but have the nerve to kiss them like everyone else does thinks that guy is really a playmaker…the only reason they’re winning is defense, special teams, and lucky breaks with the schedule….Crennel and Weis are good at doing just their specialties and they have a decent thing going, but we should be on a whole different tier than them….As long as our DB’s play solid, I’m sure our front 7 will show up for the challenge, and we should be able to run all day on ’em and make some big plays in the air….. I say Raiders 31-Chiefs 26

  • The Judge

    who would want their girlfriend to STOP giving a BJ?