Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

June 20, 2007
Where does Boothe fit in?

Question: I've been following the Raiders all offseason. There has been a lot of word on the offensive line and certain members of the o-line (Robert Gallery, Barry Sims, Paul McQuistan and Jake Grove.) My question is, where is Kevin Boothe? Has he not picked up the scheme well? I haven't heard one peep on the guy. I didn't think he had that bad of a rookie campaign to not to be mentioned as a possible starter. Any word on Boothe and how he's been doing would be great.

Jorge, Flagstaff, Ariz.

Answer: Ah, the forgotten man up front. I spoke with Boothe briefly at the end of last week's minicamp. He's in good spirits. After starting 14 games as a rookie at right guard, he has been playing left and right guard. The Raiders signed Cooper Carlise from Denver as a free agent, and he took most of the snaps at right guard during the offseason.

Boothe appears to be caught in a numbers game right now. The Raiders will give Gallery every chance to win a starting job, even if that means playing him at left guard. Coach Lane Kiffin has said no one has locked up a starting job. So Boothe will have to wait his turn, but Boothe believes once the team gets on the field in training camp in July, he'll show he can start. I think he can operate in the new scheme and look forward to seeing if he can get with it the first time in Napa.

- Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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