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Day 12: The Depth Chart Conundrum

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
One of the ongoing joys of scoping out an NFL team’s practices is trying to ascertain who has moved ahead of whom on the depth chart. It’s easy enough to see who is with the first unit most of the time, but sometimes what you see can be deceiving.

Example: Marques Anderson has been playing ahead of Derrick Gibson at strong safety through much of camp. Then, suddenly, on Tuesday Gibson was with the first unit. Did this mean a promotion for Gibson and a demotion for Anderson?

“No,” Anderson said. “I think they’re just working through it, taking some looks at some people. It’s preseason. Everybody is going to get a look.” Now you wait for a chance to ask Gibson, who was not exactly doing handstands.

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Day 4: Pour The Wine

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
If you try real hard, you can smell the cabernet in the air up here. Probably wishful thinking. However, certain members of the media with an oeneophilic tendency have the gall to show up at the Napa Valley Marriott wearing t-shirts advertising that little-known athletic endeavor, The Wine Tasting Triathlon … consisting of performing the following feats, in order:
Swirl, sip, chug.

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