Trevor Scott began his NFL career as a defensive end. Defensive coordinator John Marshall switched Scott to linebacker last season in an attempt to capitalize on Scott's versatility.
Now, it appears Scott's days at end aren't quite over. Scott lined up at right and left end in the Raiders' exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, and he figures to be there on occasion once the regular season starts. This, even though the Raiders seem to be pleased with his play at weakside linebacker.
"That's our biggest thing is to put guys in all different places so that you're never going to know where we're going to be," Scott said.
Scott and strongside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley are versatile enough to play outside linebacker and rush end. That gives Marshall the flexibility to employ a three-linemen, four-linebacker alignment from time to time.
Scott said he is just as comfortable playing the end position as he is at linebacker. Bouncing around makes things more interesting, too.
"I'll do whatever they ask me to do," Scott said.
Raiders coach Tom Cable said Scott played end Thursday night so that he and Marshall could get a better gauge as to how things might look in the regular season.
"We're trying to look at the versatility of a few guys," Cable said. "That was part of the plan (Thursday), with some of the guys playing the way we did and some other guys not playing."
"There's an injury issue, but we'll talk about all that when we talk next week," Cable said.
It's conceivable that Goethel will spend his rookie season on the injured-reserve list and not be on the 53-man roster, as Cable had hoped.
The alternative is six-year veteran Khalif Barnes, who started 57 games at that spot for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2005-08. He played the entire game at left tackle against the Seahawks.
Barnes said he isn't sure whether he is under consideration for the starting job or if the Raiders showcased him in advance of a trade before today's final roster cutdown.
"I'm not sure what to make of me playing the whole game," Barnes said. "I just know that I'm ready to play and do whatever I have to do to get on the field. I'm healthy and itching to play again."
Ford blew past a defender and hauled in a pass from Kyle Boller for a 62-yard gain. He had to slow down to wait for Boller's underthrown pass.
"I am really starting to feel good out there, coming into my own and enjoying it," Ford said.
He is in line to be one of the backup receivers, as well as the punt returner.
SEPT. 12: Raiders at Tennessee, 10 a.m., CBS