(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer The Oakland Raiders probably should wear name tags in the defensive huddle in training camp.
With nine projected starters coming from outside the organization, getting on the same page is the top priority this summer.
Coach Dennis Allen and coordinator Jason Tarver are placing a premium on communication to make sure that when the season starts everybody is lined up in the proper place and sticking to their roles to avoid the defensive breakdowns that too often doomed the Raiders a year ago.
At the center of it all is middle linebacker Nick Roach. The Raiders signed Roach as a free agent from Chicago to replace disappointing former first-round pick Rolando McClain, whose deficiencies were often at the center of Oakland's defensive struggles.
''That dude is brilliant,'' safety Tyvon Branch said of the Raiders' new defensive signal caller. ''He picks up everything quick. There's no curveballs with that guy. He gets everything th...