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August 29, 2008
Watkins waits for the final word

SEATTLE - In spite of a solid training camp, WR Todd Watkins left Qwest Field wondering about the little things he could have done tonight to solidify a roster spot.

"I start thinking about things I could have done differently like like that deep ball ... a couple formations, lining up correctly. Small things."

Watkins turned the wrong way on a deep pass that would have been a touchdown.

Odds are when the Raiders report to practice on Sunday, Watkins will be among those that makes the 53-man roster.

Cutdown day is tomorrow.

*Lane Kiffin described FB Marcel Reece as "explosive with the ball" after he scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass in which he showed good hands and good balance and feet to stay in bounds and score.

Reece said he'd sleep fine knowing that he did his best and that the coaching staff has seen he can make plays.

Reece is still raw, having just moved to fullback this offseason, but chances are he'll be around on the practice squad.

*Darren McFadden's two nice runs showcased his strength. One of the criticisms of McFadden before the draft was that he was stopped easily when met head on.

Kiffin had a different take on that.

"As you look at his college film, I believe there were times when they were telling him to go down, not to fight for extra yards," Kiffin said. "... if he were to get hurt their offense would just go downhill. ... (I think) they were telling him to go down and run out of bounds at times because he was carrying it so many times. I don't think there's any issue about him breaking tackles."

*Kiffin said the team wouldn't consider only two quarterbacks on the roster.

*Kiffin said Sebastian Janikowski has made field goals from 75 yards with no rushers in practice.

Janikowski tried a 66-yard field goal that came up short.

"He wanted to do it," Kiffin said. "It's preseason. ... It's not that he can't kick that far. He actually hits the ground first on that one and eh still almost gets it there. That shows how powerful his leg is."

Kiffin didn't mind letting Janikowski try to kick from that distance because it's something he'd do at the end of a half or game in the regular season.

*There will be a 3:30 p.m. conference call with Kiffin where we'll discuss who has been cut

*Nnamdi Asomugha watched the second half of the game from the coaching booth. He wanted to get another perspective.

But what else would you expect from someone that attended the finest public university in the world?

--Jason Jones

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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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