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In Tough For The Final 53

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
A few thoughts on some players the Raiders may watching very closely as the final cut down approaches:

  • WR Randal Williams. Has special teams experience with Dallas and has been a solid receiver ever since he arrived shortly after training camp began. Faces an uphill climb with roster spots already locked up by Randy Moss, Jerry Porter, Ronald Curry, Doug Gabriel and Alvis Whitted…with Johnnie Morant as a probable No. 6. Any chance of getting help at running back, in the secondary or a mid-range draft pick for Gabriel probably ended when he underwent surgery on his left hand.

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    Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
    Under: Preseason (2005) | 30 Comments »

    Bring on Clarett

    NFL writer Jerry McDonald

    Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
    The guy’s really only played one year of football since graduating from high school and seems to have serious character issues, but the Raiders ought to consider rolling the dice anyway and seeing if they can get lucky with Maurice Clarett.

    Clarett will never come at a lower price than right now after getting his exit visa from a Denver team foolish enough to draft him in the third round.

    If the Raiders wait for Clarett to first clear waivers, they can sign him for the minimum. Or they can claim Clarett and honor the deal he signed in Denver – one laden with incentives they’ll only have to pay if he is actually productive.

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    Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2005
    Under: Preseason (2005) | 18 Comments »

    Blog continues

    Training camp may be over and Raiders may have returned to Alameda, but the blog will go on. Jerry McDonald and Bill Soliday will continue to bring you their inside look at the Raiders throughout the entire season.

    And make sure you stick with InsideBayArea.com for complete Raiders coverage as we launch some new and exciting features this season. It all starts tonight with our live real-time scoring, stats and play log from the Raiders vs. Cardinals.

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    Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2005
    Under: Preseason (2005) | 20 Comments »

    Day 19: The Patriot act

    NFL writer Jerry McDonald

    Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
    There was Randy Moss, breaking the rules on a whim simply because he felt like it. His segment on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is still about four hours from air time on the West Coast.

    Moss was on display in the middle of the Oakland Raiders practice field, ignoring club security in full view of fellow players, coaches and management.

    Running drills with wide receivers, Moss spied Airman First Class Chad Peterkin of Travis Air Force base making his way across the end zone.

    “Hey, come over here,” Moss shouted.

    Peterkin did a double take, looking around him as if wondering, “Who? Me?”

    Approximately 45 airmen from Travis were invited guests of the Raiders Tuesday, the 29th of 30 practices held during the 2005 training camp at the Napa Marriott.

    During their briefing from club security, the soldiers were given their instructions. Only walk in designated areas. Photos only allowed during drills, none during scrimmages. Stand at all times near the field. Sitting only allowed in the stands. No cheering or
    calling out to players.

    And certainly, taking the field to meet the star player is strictly forbidden.

    So Peterkin, his head on a swivel, looked back at Moss.

    “C’mon over here,” Moss said.

    “Nah, we’re not supposed to go over there,” Peterkin said.

    Moss beckoned again.

    Finally, Peterkin figured Moss had the proper rank and authority to make the meeting happen.

    “I told him, OK, but if they say anything, you’re the man,” Peterkin said.

    Moss introduced Peterkin to Ronald Curry, Carlos Francis and Jerry Porter and made small talk for a few moments.

    “He seemed real down to earth to me,” Peterkin said.

    Then Peterkin was on his way. He later discovered a Raiders photographer had photographed the meeting, and arranged to get an e-mail of the picture.

    No Thanks
    Moss rejected an interview from ESPN, which had a crew on hand the day his HBO segment was scheduled to air. His agent, Dante DiTrapano, is on record as saying Moss may be zipping his lip for a good long while.

    First reporter to wear fatigues gets the story.

    Debriefing Complete
    Safety Marques Anderson, released by the Raiders Monday, signed with Denver on Tuesday.

    By Tuesday night, odds are Mike Shanahan had extracted as much information as possible on a certain hated division rival. Anderson had two of his better games last season against Denver.

    Anderson, a good hitter, but suspect as a form tackler and in coverage, gives the Broncos another hammer to go along with John Lynch and Kennoy Kennedy.

    Hits and Misses

  • The Raiders practiced for more than two hours Tuesday evening, and as usual, Turner paid very close attention to inside running drills.

    “We’re going to run the ball damn it, so we’re going to run it in practice,” said Turner as LaMont Jordan carried several times into the line.

  • During one drill, Raiders receivers each attempted to make one-handed catches with
    their left hand in the left corner of the end zone, catching lobs from conditioning coach Mike Fish and then attempting to get both feet in bounds.

    “It doesn’t count unless you stick it,” Moss said.

    Randy Moss, Jerry Porter, Alvis Whitted and Ronald Curry all successfully made the play before Carlos Francis, Johnnie Morant and Maurice Washington had drops.

  • Left tackle Rod Green, a free agent from Arkansas Pine-Bluff, drew Turner’s ire for allowing Nnamdi Asomugha to come free on a corner blitz.
  • Asomugha, has a habit of getting his hands on a number of balls although rarely coming up with the interception, made a nice strip of Cedric Bonner on a pass over the middle from David Rivers.
  • Fisticuffs? Not quite, but almost. Right tackle Robert Gallery and defensive
    tackle Lorn Mayers, the 20-year-old defensive tackle from London, had to be
    separated after tempers grew short during a routine drill.

  • Assistant coach Keith Millard, drilling the defensive linemen on pass rush moves, kept rookie Ryan Riddle after for a few extra reps.

    “Your technique is terrible, and you’ve got to explode out of that stance,” Millard said.

  • Get some ice for that quarterback. With Marques Tuiasosopo, Andrew Walter and Brett Engemann either injured or ill, Kerry Collins is probably making far more throws during practice than would be considered ideal.

    During one drill, Ronald Curry, the former high school All-America and quarterback at North Carolina, stepped for a handful of slant routes to wide receivers.

    Curry, by the way, can still throw.

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    Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
    Under: Training Camp (2005) | 10 Comments »

    Day 18: The case of the five-run homer

    Raiders writer Bill Soliday

    Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
    So now we find out.

    All the while he was getting pummeled for throwing a ball he never should have thrown and winding up having it go the other way, Marques Tuiasosopo had a broken finger.

    And you thought you had a bad day at work.

    Here’s the deal with Tui, who has been getting skewered for what now consists of two preseason interceptions that are being blamed, at least in part, for two exhibition losses.

    This is a guy who stated earlier in camp that he was not around to pick a nice spot to lay down and die in camp. He wanted it known that he was competing for the starting job.

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    Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
    Under: Training Camp (2005) | 9 Comments »

    Day 17: Real Sports

    NFL writer Jerry McDonald

    Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
    The statement issued by Randy Moss following Thursday night’s practice may be the last time anyone hears from him for awhile.

    Moss’ unfortunate choice of words and bad timing is probably only a temporary public slip-up for a guy who’s had a lot of them, but will likely cause him to go further underground with regard to the media.

    His agent, Dante DiTrapano, told ESPN Friday, “Other people are going to suffer for what Bryant Gumbel and HBO did.” He said Moss had decided on being more open with the media this year, citing his HBO interview, a national radio interview with Chris Myers and an interview with GQ Magazine.

    Moss hasn’t been so giving with the local media, limiting them to one group interview in which he was agreeable and seemed to answer most questions thoughtfully and with a decent sense of humor.

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    Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2005
    Under: Training Camp (2005) | 7 Comments »

    Day 16: Life is just a box of controversy

    Raiders writer Bill Soliday

    Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
    In honor, they claim, of Terrell Owens, SI.com, Sports Illustrated’s website, has culled what writer Andrew Perloff considers a list of the 20 most controversial NFL players of all time. I liked the idea, but didn’t care much for the list.

    The No. 1 most controversial player on the list was Joe Namath.

    Joe Namath? The right breast of that Jackson lady was more controversial than Joe. He was more beloved than controversial as I recall. And his recent slip on TV with a sideline reporter was more funny than controversial.

    Conclusion: this rating is strictly a New York thing.

    Owens made No. 2 on the list and I won’t dispute that. The rest of the list is as follows:
    3. Jim Brown; 4. Conrad Dobler; 5. Ricky Williams; 6. Duane Thomas; 7. Paul Hornung; 8. John Riggins; 9. Randy Moss; 10. Jim McMahon; 11. Deion Sanders; 12. Lawrence Taylor; 13. Ryan Leaf; 14. Thomas Henderson; 15. Bill Romanowski; 16. Michael Irvin; 17. John Matuszak; 18. John Elway; 19. Mark Gastineau; 20. Warren Sapp.

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    Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
    Under: Training Camp (2005) | 23 Comments »

    Day 15: It

    Raiders writer Bill Soliday

    Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
    When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

    Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

    Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

    “Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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    Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2005
    Under: Training Camp (2005) | 11 Comments »

    Day 15: It

    Raiders writer Bill Soliday

    Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
    When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

    Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

    Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

    “Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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    Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2005
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    Day 15: It

    Raiders writer Bill Soliday

    Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
    When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

    Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

    Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

    “Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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    Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2005
    Under: Training Camp (2005) | 11 Comments »