Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Raiders' camp notes
By Bill Williamson
The Bay Area News Group has some nice tidbits from the Oakland Raiders’ minicamp session. Here are some highlights:
Defensive end Matt Shaugnessy was back to practice Tuesday for the first time since September when he was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Don’t discount the return of Shaugnessy. He is a solid player, who will help this defense. He was missed in 2011.
Punter Shane Lechler expressed interest in staying with the Raiders after his contract runs out. He is on the final year of a deal that made him the richest punter in NFL history. He will very likely keep that title with his next deal. While the Raiders will have other areas to address, I’d expect them to do what it takes to try to keep Lechler. He is a unique weapon.
Receiver Denarius Moore hurt his hamstring. He is likely done for the minicamp, but he should be fine for training camp when it starts at the end of the July.
Meanwhile, David Ausberry is getting most of the repetitions at tight end. Ausberry, a converted receiver, Brandon Myers and Richard Gordon will all get playing time. The Raiders formally announced the signing of tight end Tory Humphrey. He has 13 career catches.
In other AFC West news:
The Kansas City Star has some thoughts on the Chiefs’ minicamp session.
CBSportsline reports the Broncos are following the recovery of former Cincinnati pass-rusher Antwan Odom. Denver would not be averse to adding another pass-rusher behind the powerhouse duo of Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. The reports states Odom would like to sign with a team this summer.
U-T San Diego reports the Chargers claimed undrafted tackle Taylor Dever off waivers from the Cowboys. The Chargers want some depth at the position.