Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 4, 2011
Jackson announces the starting offensive line

ALAMEDA - The starting offensive line is set:

LT: Jared Veldheer
LG: Stefan Wisniewski
C: Samson Satele
RG: Cooper Carlisle
RT: Khalif Barnes

"I am very happy with those guys, from left to right," said head coach Hue Jackson. "Happy with the guys that we kept here to back up that group. I feel very comfortable and confident with the men that we have playing on the offensive line."

*The Raiders will start practice at 7:15 p.m. three days this week to prepare their Monday night opener.

But does that really help?

"It is what it is," said cornerback Stanford Routt. "You can make it out to be an advantage, you can make it out to be a disadvantage."

*Jackson said the Raiders aren't done looking at ways to upgrade the roster.

"We're never done," Jackson said. "We're going to keep trying to find ways to get this football team better. That's not going to change as long as I'm here, as long as coach allows me to keep scurrying around and see what's out there so we can get our team as good as we can get it."

*Ricky Brown was happy to be back with the Raiders. He said he was at the airport after being let go by New England when he his agent called to tell him the Raiders wanted him back.

"Most of the coaches, I know from the last couple of years," Brown said. "Players, some of my best friends are on this team. It feels good to be back."

*Jackson said he'd announce later in the week the team's top punt returner would be.

*For those wondering, punter Shane Lechler is the emergency quarterback behind Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller.

*Jackson said the Raiders keeping four tight ends isn't an indication that Kevin Boss won't be ready for the season opener. The Raiders also have seven wide receivers and five running backs and one fullback.

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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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