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August 6, 2012
Raiders release a depth chart; Lechler a week away, etc.

by Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

NAPA -- The Raiders released a depth chart today for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys next Monday. This could always change, but it mostly fits with what we've been seeing throughout mini-camp and training camp. It's in full after the jump:

OFFENSE
WR 17 Denarius Moore 12 Jacoby Ford 80 Rod Streater 87 Travionte Session 14 Duke Calhoun
15 DeAundre Muhammad
LT 68 Jared Veldheer 78 Zach Hurd 73 Ed Wang
LG 66 Cooper Carlisle 70 Tony Bergstrom 62 Nick Howell
C 61 Stefen Wisniewski 67 Alex Parsons 74 Colin Miller
RG 65 Mike Brisiel 76 Lucas Nix 60 Kevin Haslam
RT 69 Khalif Barnes 72 Joe Barksdale 71 Dan Knapp
TE 83 Brandon Myers 82 Richard Gordon 86 David Ausberry 81 Kyle Efaw 88 Tory Humphrey
WR 85 Darrius Heyward-Bey 16 Eddie McGee 84 Juron Criner 89 Derek Carrier 13 Brandon Carswell
19 Thomas Mayo
QB 3 Carson Palmer 7 Matt Leinart 6 Terrelle Pryor 10 Kyle Newhall-Caballero
RB 20 Darren McFadden 22 Taiwan Jones 25 Mike Goodson 46 Lonyae Miller
FB 45 Marcel Reece 44 Owen Schmitt 41 Manase Tonga 38 Rashawn Jackson

DEFENSE
RE 77 Matt Shaughnessy 58 David Tollefson 95 Mason Brodine 94 Wayne Dorsey
DT 92 Richard Seymour 90 Desmond Bryant 96 Christo Bilukidi
NT 93 Tommy Kelly 98 Jamie Cumbie 64 Dominique Hamilton
LE 99 Lamarr Houston 91 Jack Crawford 75 Hall Davis
WLB 56 Miles Burris 47 Chad Kilgore 49 Mario Kurn
MLB 55 Rolando McClain 50 Travis Goethel 54 Nathan Stupar
SLB 52 Philip Wheeler 53 Carl Ihenacho 57 Kaelin Burnett
RCB 36 Shawntae Spencer 23 DeMarcus Van Dyke 29 Bryan McCann 31 Terrail Lambert
LCB 21 Ron Bartell 35 Chimdi Chekwa 26 Pat Lee 37 Conroy Black
FS 24 Michael Huff 27 Matt Giordano 28 Brandon Underwood 30 Chaz Powell
SS 33 Tyvon Branch 34 Mike Mitchell 39 Curtis Taylor 42 Aaron Henry

SPECIAL TEAMS
P 2 Marquette King
K 11 Sebastian Janikowski 8 Eddy Carmona
H 2 Marquette King 7 Matt Leinart
LS 59 Jon Condo
KR 12 Jacoby Ford 22 Taiwan Jones 29 Bryan McCann 15 DeAundre Muhammad 89 Derek Carrier
PR 12 Jacoby Ford 17 Denarius Moore 29 Bryan McCann 84 Juron Criner 15 DeAundre Muhammad
Active/Physically Unable to Perform: 51 Aaron Curry (LB)
Active/Non-Football Injury: 9 Shane Lechler (P)

* Linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), punter Shane Lechler (knee), receiver Eddie McGee (hamstring), receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) did not practice. Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (ankle) left practice early with what Allen said looked like a bruise.

Lechler is likely still a week away from getting on the field, Allen said. He's apparently doing rehab work at the facility but hasn't been seen during practice. That's kept backup punter Marquette King busy. When King gets into a punt, it is impressive to see, but he's not totally consistent, so a 70-yard kick might be followed by a shorter, wobbly one.

* There were several instances of the kind of issues Allen wants to clean up -- three defensive players were flagged for being offsides, rookie receiver Brandon Carswell dropped a deep ball from Matt Leinart that landed right in his hands and there were at least two fumbles in 7-on-7's and team scrimmages.

"Those are the things that cost you games," Allen said. "We're really preaching the message of -- to learn how to win in the National Football League, the first thing you have to do is learn how to not beat yourself. Penalties, turning the ball over, those type of things cost you football games. Until we get that corrected we're going to stand up here and say the same things over and over."

* The Raiders held their first live, full-contact session of camp. They will have at least one more before their first preseason game next Monday against the Dallas Cowboys. Bone-crushing hits were not to be seen, but it was the defense's first chance to practice wrapping up on tackles and taking ballcarriers to the ground.

The short-yardage drill lasted about a dozen plays, and it played out decisively in favor of the offense. Notably, running back Darren McFadden did not participate. Clearly the Raiders aren't taking any chances with his health.

"Yeah, (the offense) got the better of the short-yardage, no question about it," said head coach Dennis Allen. "I thought they did a great job of mixing things up and keeping the defense off-balance."

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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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