ALAMEDA - Back from the NFL owners meeting in time to catch a bit of the Raiders voluntary workout today and noticed running back LaMont Jordan on the field.
Could this competition thing be working?
Jordan, who tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in November, was on the field. He wasn't somewhere milking the injury, delaying getting on the field until training camp.
New Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said he'd heard Jordan wasn't one to show up and at these sessions, but maybe the presence of Dominic Rhodes has inspired Jordan to be in town.
Kiffin hasn't named a starter and didn't speak of divvying up carries (obviously, it's March), but he does want competition at every position. With Rhodes, the free agent acquisition from Indianapolis, also on the field, Kiffin could be in the early stages of the competition he wants at running back.
Kiffin expects Jordan will be healthy for training camp.
Before, Jordan spoke of wanting to establish himself as one of the NFL's elite backs, which isn't easy in the AFC West which already has league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson of San Diego, Kansas City workhorse Larry Johnson and whatever back Denver has piling up yards.
Jordan is a competitor and certainly doesn't want to go back to his backup days in New York, where he watched behind Curtis Martin, getting his carries where he could.
It should be fun to see how Rhodes and Jordan work together.
- Jason Jones