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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Could Oakland cut John Henderson?

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Longtime Oakland Raiders’ beat writer Steve Corkran breaks down Oakland’s roster and how it might shake out Saturday when the 53-man roster must be made. Here’s one aspect of the breakdown that stood out: Corkran says defensive tackle John Henderson is on the bubble to make the roster.

Very interesting.

Perhaps Henderson has not looked very good in camp, but he wasn’t signed to look good in camp. He was signed to plug the middle against the run for 20-25 plays a game. However, maybe Oakland’s coaching staff thinks Henderson doesn’t have much left in the tank. That was the verdict by many teams. Henderson didn’t visit any teams between being cut by Jacksonville and signed by Oakland. If Henderson is cut, it means Oakland is happy with the several young players on the line, including second-year player Desmond Bryant.

Denver tackle Ryan Harris says the Vikings will see a “full dose” of rookie quarterback Tim Tebow on Thursday night. If all goes well for Tebow, he should be the Broncos’ No. 2 quarterback any day now.

Here is report that suggests the Chargers should trade holdout receiver Vincent Jackson to Minnesota for a third-round pick. I don’t see that happening. If Jackson sits and eventually leaves San Diego as a free-agent, the Chargers will likely get a third-round pick in 2012 as a compensatory pick. I don’t see A.J. Smith giving in so easily.

Here’s some love for Denver running back Correll Buckhalter. I buy in. Every time I saw that guy play last season, he was ripping off eight-nine yard runs. The key for Buckhalter is to stay healthy.

Many people think San Diego running back Ryan Mathews is going to win the offensive rookie of the year award.