By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 11:31 am in Oakland Raiders.
With the prospect of only two healthy wide receivers for the regular-season opener, the Raiders reportedly had in for a visit veteran Jabar Gaffney today.
Starter Darrius Heyward-Bey and rookie Rod Streater are the only wide receivers among the five on Oakland’s 53-man roster at 100 percent right now and certain to play Monday night against the San Diego Chargers.
Projected starter Denarius Moore has missed more than a month with a hamstring injury. Number three receiver Jacoby Ford hasn’t practiced or played in a game since he suffered a left foot injury Aug. 17. Rookie Juron Criner suffered an ankle sprain in Oakland’s exhibition finale.
In Gaffney, 31, the Raiders see a veteran that is capable of stepping in right away and producing at a pretty high level. He caught 68 passes for 947 yards in 16 games for the Washington Redskins last season.
The New England Patriots signed Gaffney in the offseason, but they released him Aug. 27. Since that time, Gaffney also has worked out for the Miami Dolphins.
One potential sticking point is, if the Raiders were to sign Gaffney before the regular season starts, Gaffney’s base salary for 2012 would be guaranteed. The Raiders, like other teams, might take their chances and wait until after the first game before making such a move.
However, the Raiders are in a bind right now, especially if one, two or three of their injured receivers can’t play Monday night.
Coach Dennis Allen said he Criner will be fine and that he is hopeful of getting back Moore and Ford. Keep in mind, though, that Moore started running only this past weekend and that Ford jogged Tuesday for the first time since his injury.
In other news, the Raiders reportedly worked out tight end Fendi Onobun today. The Buffalo Bills waived Onobun last week.
Onobun, 25, played three games for the St. Louis Rams in 2010, catching two passes for 15 yards. He played in one game for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, without catching any passes. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills in 2011.
Finally, quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Darren McFadden, defensive tackles Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly and punter Shane Lechler were elected captains for this year’s Raiders team.