When Jon Gruden drafted Johnny Townsend last year, it was believed that he had solved the Raiders’ punting situation for years to come. A year later, it’s Townsend that is the biggest question mark when it comes to the team’s key specialists. Some of Townsend’s issues last season can be attributed to being a rookie
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."