NAPA - One cut that hurts right now, even if today is only Day 1 of training came, is that of Adam Treu.
He'd been the team's long snapper since being drafted 10 years ago and the Raiders are looking at a few options to replace Treu, who still isn't fully recovered from a quadriceps injury from last season.
Punter Shane Lechler said Treu's knowledge of special teams was impeccable and he hoped people don't realize how good he was when something went wrong.
In watching some of the practice snaps, it was evident Treu wasn't the snapper because you could tell when a ball went wayward.
You never noticed anything with Treu because the ball never seemed to do anything unusual.
Lechler praised Jon Condo, a linebacker and long snapper for his velocity. He worked with Chris Morris, a seventh-round draft choice last year, when Treu missed the final five games.
While most worry about the quarterback situation early in camp, who wins this job is probably most pertinent to early victories.
The offense will likely struggle early and the defense will have to hold things together. The last thing the Raiders need is a wayward snap to put an overworked defense in a bad situation, or worse, lead to a touchdown.