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Staff archives: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (85) scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, December 18, 2011. (Nhat V. Meyer/Mercury News)

It sounds as if the Raiders will take a good, long look at their youthful corps of wide receivers for a while before determining whether to add a veteran.

The graybeards of the 11 receivers on the roster are fourth-year players Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy, both 25.

There have been rumored pursuits of veterans such as Terrell Owens, 38, and most recently, Plaxico Burress, 34. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp thinks it's too early to tell if a veteran presence is needed.

"We've only had one veteran minicamp, three days of practice," Knapp said. "I want to get through the (organized team activities) and get a better feel where we're at. I'm real excited to see some of these young guys, once they learn some of the offense with a few more reps."

  • Tony Bergstrom, the Raiders' top draft pick (taken in the third round, No. 95 overall), is starting his career as a left guard. Veteran Cooper Carlisle is penciled in as the starter, moving from the right side to make room for free-agent signee Mike Brisiel.

    Bergstrom was a right tackle in college at Utah.

    "I like it. It's something that was a little foreign to me at one point," Bergstrom said of playing guard. "I had a good long time to work on it, get used to being in a stance on the left side. It feels good. It's starting to feel a lot more natural."

    In describing his playing style, Bergstrom had the line of the day when he said, "as soon as the ref blows the whistle, that's my cue to hit someone."


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  • Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver followed the lead of coach Dennis Allen in talking about the Raiders defense in generalities rather than a specific scheme.

    "We're going to be multiple. And one of our phrases is 'multiplicity through simplicity,' so we're going to have defenses where everyone is going to have a turn to cover and rush and those type things," Tarver said. "It will be multiple, but it will allow our players to do what they do best."

  • Knapp has nothing but good things to say about JaMarcus Russell, the much-maligned quarterback during his last tenure with the Raiders as offensive coordinator.

    "The last six games he played at a pretty high level," Knapp said of the 2008 season. "He had almost a 90 (passer) rating. He wasn't as established as Carson (Palmer), but I was pleased to see the growth, and unfortunately, the staff got blown up and had to be readjusted, so I couldn't see the development continue."

  • Heyward-Bey will plead not guilty on his DUI charge, according to his attorney, Ivan Golde. The Raiders will withhold judgment until the legal process has run its course.

    "Until we get all the facts of the case, we're not going to rush to judgment on anything," Allen said.

  • Among the 30 players brought in for tryouts during the rookie minicamp included San Jose State and Alhambra High-Martinez running back Brandon Rutley, San Jose State quarterback Matt Faulkner and Stanford cornerback Corey Gatewood.

  • Fullback Marcel Reece still has not signed his exclusive rights tender. Allen said general manager Reggie McKenzie is working to get Reece signed but isn't sure if the fullback will be at this week's OTAs.