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