We mentioned in the first Tryout Tuesday item of the season that, of all the players who had their tires kicked this week, none were named Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens, or Chad Johnson.
If anyone gives any of them a shot in the future, it won’t be the Raiders.
G.M. Reggie McKenzie said so on Thursday, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s not just [their] age,” McKenzie said. “If the right player could add to the group . . . we just didn’t feel that those three were the right ones. Clear and simple. If I felt like they could have added something to what we were doing, I would have strongly considered it.”
It’s not as if the Raiders don’t have needs at the position. Denarius Moore has yet to play this year due to a hamstring injury, and Jacoby Ford could be headed to injured reserve after undergoing foot surgery.
The fact that the Raiders won’t even consider Burress, Owens, or Johnson further highlights the difference between the old Raiders and the new Raiders. And it confirms that there’s hope for the new Raiders.