You have questions, I have answers


From time to time, I will seek to answer questions that keep getting asked in the comments field of previous posts or via Twitter. That way, you know the questions aren’t falling on deaf ears.

1. Is linebacker Lofa Tatupu still an option for the Raiders?

A: He is an option. However, the fact the Raiders brought in Tatupu for a workout early in camp and didn’t offer him a contract portends Tatupu’s health being a concern, he was asking for too much money or he wasn’t willing to accept the role offered him at the time.

The other issue is, Tatupu is a middle linebacker. That position is locked down by second-year player Rolando McClain. So, Tatupu would be signed only as a backup and occasional situational player.

It’s conceivable that the Raiders are hoping that Tatupu won’t find another team willing to let him compete for a starting spot, which would drive down Tatupu’s asking price and make him more inclined to accept a backup role.

Same logic applies to former Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison.


2. Is there anyway that we can replace cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha?

A: No, not with one player, unless the Raiders trade for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

As free safety Michael Huff said Wednesday, the Raiders need to realize that they aren’t going to find a player who can replace Asomugha by himself and focus on each defensive player playing better to help offset the void.


3. Are the Raiders going to select Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the Supplemental Draft on Monday?

A: There’s a distinct possibility. With that said, it likely wouldn’t be until the fifth round or later because the Raiders are without a second- and fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and they would be hesitant to use a first- or third-rounder on a player who isn’t a sure thing at quarterback.

But a player with Pryor’s talent is worth a gamble, even if he winds up playing another position. If he can succeed at quarterback, great. If not, make him the next Ronald Curry.


4. Is Darrius Heyward-Bey going to start at wide receiver?

A: Great question. Coach Hue Jackson has answered it, just not in certain terms. It remains to be seen whether his actions match his words.

Jackson keeps saying that starting jobs and playing time will be based upon performance. If that holds true, then you should see rookie Denarius Moore and either Chaz Schilens or Jacoby Ford as the starters.

Heyward-Bey has been pretty solid since he returned from an undisclosed injury at the start of camp. Schilens and Ford looked even better in their limited practice time. Moore clearly has been the top receiver.


5. Is rookie running back Taiwan Jones going to make the 53-man roster?

A: No question. The only way he won’t be on the opening-day roster is if his undisclosed injury is serious enough that it warrants his being placed on injured reserve.

Otherwise, there’s no way the Raiders are parting ways with Jones. He is too fast, too versatile and too promising to let go, especially when he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

So, Jones isn’t going anywhere.


Steve Corkran

  • alex7

    You guys put way too much stock in pre season games.

    NONE of this matters.

    How did our 4-0 art shell pre season not teach you this?

  • 8RaiderReign8

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExsellence2011 Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 7:15 pm
    Wassup 8Raider? I’m just kicking back with some bzies and watching Project Runway.

    Posted with a blezzie rewatching the Pats game.

  • leagle37

    “Can’t we all just get along.” Raider fans have only 1 thing in common when it comes to color…Black & Silver! Let’s put the BS on a shelf & support our Raiders. I have hated da Police all my life, but in all reality they also have home lives…just like us. Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Fathers & Cousins just like us. Let’s support da F*ing Raiders & stop all the Childish BS. Are you all not adults…if not, turn off your computer & get permission from your parents to use it before you do. LETS GO OAKLAND RAIDERS! I’m out!

  • Raider J

    “Heyward-Bey has been pretty solid since he returned from an undisclosed injury at the start of camp. ”

    Good to hear that. He will need to be ready to contribute whenever he’s called on the field. 4 out of 5 WRs have had injury issues this preseason. All will return at some time but over a 16+ game season, any combination could be “starting” or called on to play a major role incl Hagan

  • jameyt777

    Watched the first game, every time a player was hot and making plays to sustain a drive, Michael Bennett running and Moore receiving, Hue Jackson put them on the sideline and the drives sputtered out. What’s the deal?
    This has to change for the Raiders to score.
    Also, every time the Raiders have had big scores, the D gives up a quick score almost immediately. Not good.
    Kalif Barnes needs to stop the constant penalties (both lines) are sloppy.
    Last but not least Campbell need to stop under-throwing the receivers.
    They fix these problems and they have a good chance to be great again, or least as good as Gruden’s winning years. kick some ass Raiders!

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 4:47pm

    Rememeber cable calling the reverse ….TO JANOKOWSKI??!?!?!?


  • dvrick

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Any of you guys ever party with Russian models. Those girls really can hold their alcohol. Time of my life last night on a party boat. My band played a gig for some record execs on this yacht. Wish you could have been there.GOOOOOOOOO CHARGERS>>>>>>>>>>>

  • dvrick

    # BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExsellence2011 Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Its CODE fking BLACK all the way in the back more down than a cadillac on four flats…..slide it in good give me that big CODE BLACK 2011 is ours to the haters…..fk yall
    and GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • dvrick

    # Plunketthead Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Vick just got intercepted, looking very average,,, again
    but I’m sure they will be better then our pitiful team!