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n LB Sam Williams — He stopped Titans punt returner Chris Carr for a 9-yard loss on a first-quarter play. This is significant because most of the linebackers who make the 53-man roster also must prove their worth on special teams.

  • K Aaron Elling — He converted a 56-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. That would have broken injured regular Sebastian Janikowski's franchise record had it come during the regular season. Elling won't make the opening-day roster, but he made a convincing case for being re-signed if Janikowski is injured during the regular season.

  • WR Ronald Curry — He caught only three passes for 19 yards in one half of play. However, that was three catches and 19 yards more than Drew Carter. Curry is battling Carter for a starting spot opposite Javon Walker.

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    n PR Johnnie Lee Higgins — He lost all of the momentum he built with two long returns in Oakland's first exhibition game by fumbling a punt at his 1-yard line and having it returned by the Titans for a touchdown.

  • DT Josh Shaw — He jumped offsides on a second-quarter play that resulted in a 5-yard penalty and negated a Chris Johnson interception. In fairness to Shaw, he was shoved by linebacker Jon Alston just before the snap.

  • CB Michael Waddell — He allowed a 51-yard touchdown reception by former Cal standout receiver Lavelle Hawkins early in the third quarter. Waddell jumped to his feet but failed to tackle Hawkins before the goal line.

    — Steve Corkran