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May 22, 2008
Tui's on his way back

ALAMEDA - Turns out the Raiders did turn to a familiar face when looking for a veteran quarterback.

Just not Daunte Culpepper.

Marques Tuiasosopo was at practice today in street clothes. The signing isn't official yet, but Tui wasn't around just to say hi.

"I can't comment on it," said Raiders coach Lane Kiffin. "You guys can probably figure that out but until about 2 o'clock I can't really say anything."

Tuiasosopo spent six seasons with the Raiders, playing in 11 games, before joining the New York Jets last season.

After Jon Gruden's departure, Norv Turner and Art Shell's offenses didn't fit Tui, who is best suited for a West Coast offense.

As for players actually practicing, JaMarcus Russell continues to look more comfortable. He seems to have a nice rapport with WR Drew Carter and rifled two spectacular passes between defenders.

One was a dart to WR Todd Watkins. The second was a play in which Russell drilled the ball to TE Tony Stewart in a tight space.

*S Gibril Wilson (quadriceps) didn't practice so Rashad Baker and Michael Huff were the safeties.

*The offense worked on running to the outside today, which meant RB Darren McFadden was able to show off his speed and burst.

*The staring O-line didn't change from last week:

LT: Kwame Harris
LG: Robert Gallery
C: Chris Morris
RG: Cooper Carlisle
RT: Cornell Green

*TE Fred Wakefield was still a defensive end.

*Players are off next week. Manadatory minicamp is June 3-5.

--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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