Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 5, 2011
Giordano in, Bennett out

ALAMEDA - The Raiders released running back Michael Bennett and re-signed safety Matt Giordano on Monday.

The Raiders have more than enough running backs with Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and Taiwan Jones. There's also special teams leader Rock Cartwright and fullback Marcel Reece.

So what did Giordano show the Raiders after signing during training camp before being cut last Saturday?

"That he'll compete, he's tough," said coach Hue Jackson. "He's played the game at a very high level. He's played on some very good, quality teams. He's a great worker, has good range. He plays safety and can fill in on special teams, so he has some value."

*Jackson wasn't sure if tight end Kevin Boss (knee) would practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Derek Hagan didn't practice today with one of those nicks Jackson talks about, but said he'd be fine.

*Quote of the day has to go to defensive tackle Tommy Kelly when talking about the speed the Raiders have on offense:

"Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah nah, nah...nah. Nah. We pretty fast. But like I said, we've got to execute it. It don't mean nothing. It's like a nice piece of chicken that's sitting on the plate. If you don't even touch it you won't be able to enjoy it. So, you know, we've got to execute the gameplan and whatever coach calls, the line's got to line up there and block, and the quarterback got to put it there on time and the receiver's got to catch it."

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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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