Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mailbag: Can Murray help Raiders now?
By Bill Williamson
Jerred G. from PA. wants to know where Omar Bolden fits in with the Denver Broncos.
Bill Williamson: Good question. The Denver cornerback room is getting filled with the addition of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency and the drafting of Kayvon Webster in the third round. They also have Champ Bailey and promising youngsters Chris Harris and Tony Carter. Bolden was a fourth-round pick last year. He played mostly special teams. I think he has a chance to be good, but he certainly is the Broncos’ sixth cornerback this year and he hopes the team keeps that many. My guess would be that he will be safe.
Tom from Temecula, Calif., wants to know what the Chargers’ plans will be for young guard Johnnie Troutman.
BW: Troutman is an intriguing player. He was a fifth-round pick last year. He missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle. But Troutman is healthy and he is expected to be given a chance to start. I think Troutman has a chance to be a fine player.
Matt Craig from Silverton, Ore., wants to know if I think rookie running back Latavius Murray can make an impact in Oakland this season.
BW: We will see. He has tools. He's solid in all areas and he is big at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. We’ve seen late-round rookie running backs play well in the past. Oakland will not hesitate to make Murray part of the offense if he earns it. I think he is definitely a player to keep an eye on in the preseason.