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Work for Raiders includes finding Asomugha's replacement

  • By Pat Kirwan
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Oakland Raiders
Napa Valley, Calif.
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Rebuild the offensive line
Oakland could be starting two rookies -- Stefen Wisniewski at center and Joe Barksdale at tackle. Wisniewski will have his uncle, former Raider Steve Wisniewski, coaching him along with long-time NFL coach Bob Wylie. If Wisniewski is ready, making the line calls and adjusting protections will fall on his shoulders. The Steelers got it done last year with a rookie, Maurkice Pouncey, at center. The Raiders are hoping for the same.
How will Raiders replace Asomugha?
The best cornerback in the NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, is gone. To give you an idea of his impact: Opponents only threw his way 33 times last year, completing 19 and none for touchdowns. Stanford Routt will step into Oakland's top corner role, but the other spot is up for grabs. Two rookies -- DeMarcus VanDyke, a third-round pick, and Chimdi Chekwa, a fourth-rounder -- will battle it out. Stay tuned during camp.
Play the right wide receivers
It will be interesting to see which two wide receivers play in the Raiders' base personnel package. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy are the incumbents but keep an eye on Jacoby Ford and Chaz Schilens during camp.

Top position battle

The Raiders need someone to step up and grab the No. 1 WR role by the throat. Who will be Jason Campbell's top target?



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