Raiders Blog and Q&A

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April 29, 2010
Raiders make Cartwright signing official, preseason schedule finalized

What had been reported since Monday was officially announced by the Raiders on Wednesday - the signing of the player with the best name in pro football in former Washington fullback/kick returner Rock Cartwright.

Oren O'Neal, who has played in just four games since the end of the 2007 season due to injury, and Luke Lawton, who still has two games to serve on a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, are the only true fullbacks on the Raiders roster.

Plus, Cartwright has averaged 24 yards on 222 career kickoff returns. The Raiders were last in the NFL in kickoff returns last season with a 18.2 average.

The bowling ball-like Cartwright, who is 5-foot-7, 223 pounds, was a seventh-round draft choice (No. 257 of 261) by Washington out of Kansas State in 2002.

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Also, the Raiders will be holding two practices on Friday and Saturday and one practice on Sunday as part of their mandatory mini-camp in Alameda.

The dates of OTAs' - May 18-20, May 25-27, June 8-10 and June 15-17

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The Raiders have also finalized their exhibition schedule.

After opening at Dallas on Thursday, Aug. 12, they will play at Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Two home games follow, against the 49ers on Saturday, Aug. 28 and against Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 2.

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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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