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July 27, 2007
Long snapper limbo

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 something didn't have to go wrong before people realized how good Treu was.

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.

-- 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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