Thursday, April 07, 2005

Defensive Additions

The Raiders bolstered their defensive line by adding DT Kenny Smith. He is a fast, agile player who could help add depth behind Warren Sapp and Tommy Kelly. He isn't projected as a starting-caliber player, though he figures to carve out a spot in the overall rotation. The Raiders kicked off their offseason workout program Monday, with just about every key player at full strength. Turner was pleased with the turnout and what he got accomplished last year in his first season coaching the Raiders. However, this time he has the added benefit of knowing the majority of his players and his assistant coaches, so he intends to get even more out of this year's offseason workouts. Look for Turner to refine the wide-open offense he installed last season and for him to oversee a reshaping of a defense that floundered for most of last season.

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