Raiders Blog and Q&A

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August 22, 2007
Culpepper will start Friday

ALAMEDA - No shocker here.

Daunte Culpepper will start at quarterback Friday night against the St. Louis Rams.

With the Raiders in the mode of tailoring the playbook for an opponent, knowing the playbook won't be an issue.

Culpepper hasn't played with the starters this preseason. Jake Grove will start at center, so we'll have to see if the exchange goes better than it has with Jeremy Newberry. Newberry and Culpepper have had three fumbled snaps.

• Being back in Alameda, media aren't watching all of practice. But there was enough time for a laugh.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable was putting the linemen through a cut-blocking drill.

The players aim low at a black pad that Cable moves to simulate a defensive player, and land on a large yellow pad.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski decided to show he could cut, too. With Tyler Fredrickson acting as Cable and moving the black pad, Janikowski took his turns at cut blocking.

Could he be the lead blocker on a fake field goal for Shane Lechler?

• Stanford Routt is back on the practice field. He had been out all of August with a knee injury.

Assuming he can play in the next two exhibitions and Donovin Darius is healthy, it'll be interesting to see how the secondary looks.

The Raiders have a package in which safety Michael Huff plays more like a corner while Darius and Stuart Schweigert are at safety.

When Routt plays, will he be the nickel back with one of the three safeties on the bench?

I would love to tell you, but I didn't see all of practice.

- 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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