ALAMEDA - Warren Sapp isn't all that excited about Gerard Warren.
He said Warren's impact is "irrelevant" to the defense because Warren isn't in his top eight Raider defensive linemen.
Sapp's point is well taken. The season isn't too far away and Warren has to mesh with a group that believes it's one of the best in the NFL and doesn't need any help.
Then again, Sapp was just being Sapp.
So who are the Raiders' top eight without Warren? I'll take a guess:
1. Sapp: He has to be in his own top eight, right?
2. Derrick Burgess: Sapp's partner in crime.
3. Tommy Kelly: Sapp calls him a "monster."
4. Terdell Sands: Big contract in the offseason makes him top four.
5. Quentin Moses: Rookie can rush the passer
6. Anttaj Hawthorne: I think he's in.
7. Jay Richardson: Impressive rookie who's not convinced he has made the team.
Here's where it gets tough for me. I like Kevin Huntley, but you have to assume this spot goes to Brayton since he is a first-round pick. I guess that makes this like an 8a and 8b. But if Lane Kiffin can have a depth chart with three starting QBs, I can do this:
8. Tyler Brayton/Kevin Huntley/Chris Clemons
Go ahead and send me your top eight. Maybe I'll forward it to Sapp.
- Jason Jones