Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Recent acquisition Renaldo Hill worked out at safety despite cornerback being his natural position. This unexpected move shows that Hill is versatile and that he might follow in the footsteps of Ray Buchanan, who converted to free safety after signing with the Raiders before last season.

Second-year player Stuart Schweigert and Jarrod Cooper remain candidates for safety spots, as does veteran Derrick Gibson as he returns from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 2004. Buchanan didn't pan out too well because he was at the end of his career. Hill remains young enough and fast enough that he can make the transition without much of a drop-off. The Raiders featured tight end Courtney Anderson quite a bit in what could be a harbinger of things to come.

Anderson showed great promise his rookie season last year and is someone who stands to benefit from an offense that features three standout receivers and a bruising running back. He is fast enough to get open downfield and strong enough to break tackles after short receptions. He needs to polish his blocking skills and become more consistent catching balls.

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