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Nearly two months of, ahem, offseason training is finished for the Oakland Raiders and there are less than five weeks to go until training camp begins in Napa. Let's get a Twitter mailbag going, then.
@PGutierrezESPN what's your projected depth chart for WR?
— David (@dkime18) June 22, 2014
@dkime18: Right now right now, or later, later (George Lopez voice)? Well, right now, on June 23, I'd say that James Jones and Rod Streater are the starters, with Denarius Moore nipping at their heels and Andre Holmes waiting in the weeds. Juron Criner also showed some life in organized team activities and minicamp. Truly, though, the title of starting receiver may prove to be just that -- a title, as with no true No. 1 consistent receiver on the roster, someone like, I don't know, Andre Johnson, the Raiders figure to use a lot of mixing and matching.
@PGutierrezESPN how's Jelly looking?
— Bryan (@BYS1981) June 22, 2014
@BYS1981: Large. And happy. The 6-foot-2, 334-pound Justin Ellis seemingly always has a smile on his face ... unless you're on the offensive line opposing the mammoth rookie defensive tackle taken in the fourth round of the draft out of Lousiana Tech. Still, check back when they put the pads on in Napa. We'll see how jolly Jelly is then. I think he will be, as will the Raiders coaching staff.
@PGutierrezESPN what's the chances of Carr beating out Schaub for the starting QB job? Does Schaub have a real chokehold on the job?
— BT (@BTavares510) June 22, 2014
@BTavares510: Of course, anything is possible, like injury, ineffectiveness, etc. But the job is Matt Schaub's to lose. Period. For the Raiders to miss on Schaub, after whiffing on Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson last year when they gave up on Carson Palmer, would be a blow to the braintrust of Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen. What is somewhat surprising, though, is Derek Carr supplanting Matt McGloin, who started six games last season, as Schaub's primary backup. Especially since there had been a feeling that the Raiders would have Carr endure a "redshirt" season as Oakland's third QB.
@PGutierrezESPN Except for injury, is there anyway Carr will be the starter week 1 over Schaub
— Scott (@Banon93) June 22, 2014
@Banon93: See above. And to add it it: Only if Schaub is so terrible in the exhibition season it necessitates such a move. Think pick-six city, instead of Coliseum City.
@PGutierrezESPN Are the Raiders experimenting with Burris on the 1st team, or is he flat out outplaying Sio in minicamp?
— One Nation (@One___Nation) June 22, 2014
@One_Nation: Yeah, that was another mini-surprise of minicamp, Miles Burris getting first-tream reps at weakside linebacker over Sio Moore. But remember, Burris started 15 games there as a rookie in 2012, before a knee injury limited him to just six games total last season. Still, I get the sense that the Raiders moving Burris up might be a way to not only give Burris an encouraging pat on the back, but also to let Moore know that he still needs to bring his energy and smarts on every single snap.
— Louis A. Miller III (@Loudawgg48) June 22, 2014
@Loudawgg48: Sorry, can't see it. Unless you think Schaub is having some David Humm flashbacks. In Silver and Blackdom, the holder job has, for the longest time, gone to the punter. Yeah, Marquette King and Sebastian Janikowski had some issues last year, after SeaBass had Shane Lechler for the first 13 seasons of his NFL career. But a second year together should alleviate most of their concerns, right? After all, King bought Janikowski balloons last year to celebrate a 50-yard field goal. BALLOONS!
@PGutierrezESPN what has been your take on Kory Sheets? I know it's hard to tell with no pads
— PJ CRESS (@CressRelentless) June 22, 2014
@CressRelentless: True, no pads, but also, no first- or even second-team reps for the reigning Canadian Football League's Grey Cup MVP, either. At least, not in the OTA practices open to the media. He is in a crowd with Latavius Murray and Jeremy Stewart, behind Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, so Sheets needs to make a name for himself when the real stuff starts in training camp. I am interested to see what he can do as well.
@PGutierrezESPN considering DJ Hayden's inability to stay healthy & a surplus of cap space-why no run at Brandon flowers?
— Das (@dasraider) June 22, 2014
@dasraider: I feel you. Especially with D.J. Hayden missing the final two OTA sessions and the three-day minicamp with the left ankle injury. The Raiders do, though, want to get bigger, more physical cornerbacks than what the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Flowers might offer. You'd think they'd want to at least kick the tires on a Pro Bowler with 17 career interceptions, including a memorable 58-yard pick-six against Oakland in Carson Palmer's Raiders' debut.
@PGutierrezESPN any chance the Raiders end up having a 3-4 package? Team seems to have enough athleticism to do it
— David Flores-Workman (@5kingsfan) June 22, 2014
@5kingsfan: Not only athleticism, but also the personnel, yes? I've mentioned this before, because while I think the Raiders do stick with a 4-3 base defense, I think we'll see multiple looks on that side of the ball. Meaning, I think you'll get your fill of 3-4 looks, too.
@PGutierrezESPN I know the raiders are a multiple front. If they go to a 3-4 look who's the 2nd mlb
— Jody Rider (@jody_rider21) June 23, 2014
@jody_rider21: Great question. Miles Burris saw some time there when he returned from practice last season, so even though he was getting first-team reps at WILL linebacker last week, perhaps it was a way to get his feet wet. Sio Moore has also talked of playing in the middle. How does this grab you: Khalil Mack and Burris on the outside, with Nick Roach and Sio Moore on the inside of a 3-4?
Nearly two months of, ahem, offseason training is finished for the Oakland Raiders and there are less than five weeks to go until training camp begins in Napa.