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Hartwell aboard, preseason dates finalized

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at 4:57 pm in Oakland Raiders.

All that awaits Edgerton Hartwell’s addition to the Raiders linebacking corps is the official annoucement.

Hartwell excelled playing alongside Ray Lewis with the Baltimore Ravens from 2001 through 2004, cashing in with a six-year, $26 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons. He played in only 13 games before being released, the victim of an Achilles’ tendon tear in 2005.

He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 3, 2007, but was released before the season started on Sept. 1.

The best case scenario is Hartwell stepping in as a strong side linebacker alongside middle linebacker Kirk Morrison and weakside linebacker Thomas Howard and giving some much-needed muscle on running downs, and coming off the field on passing downs.

At worst, the Raiders determine Hartwell, 30, can’t hold up physically and he fails to make the roster as Donovin Darius did last training camp. It’s a no-lose proposition.

He will get plenty of opportunities in what figures to be the most interest month of August since the team returned to Oakland in 1995.

The Raiders have finalized all their preseason dates _ they’ll host the San Francisco 49ers Aug. 8, visit the Tennessee Titans Aug. 15, host the Arizona Cardinals Aug. 23 and finish the preseason in Seattle on Aug. 29.

With JaMarcus Russell taking over as the starting quarterback, and the Raiders probably giving him extended time, as well as the addition of high-profile free agents such as Javon Walker, Gibil Wilson and DeAngelo Hall, plus the drafting of No. 4 overall pick Darren McFadden, even hard-core preseason cynics (guilty as charged) are curious.

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  • 408RAIDER

    come on jerry wheres our pre camp hype!!!

  • holyroller

    thanks tonio

  • Raiderwoj
  • Cole Ford

    Raiderwoj, thanks for the link. But, forget that, you guys are much more interesting.

  • 408RAIDER

    ha ha ha Tonio MR Davis has it(Kool-Aid) sent in by the truck load theres plenty 4 everyone!!!!

  • Dakota

    Cole Ford if you really are MR, I am going to be pissed at myself, lol.

    Sorry guys, we got a little off topic.

    GO RAIDERS!

  • 408RAIDER

    Mort from BSPN said we are the most improved team in the AFC WEST on NFL live today! well DUH! Its about time someone gave us some love!! Mr Davis probaly sent them a truck load of Kool aid 2….

  • Tonio

    Lol… in all assorted flavors to 408… ( yet they sit and wonder why something black in color can has so much flavor ??? ) It’s all about the juice baby ..

  • http://oaklandtribune OBAMA

    BRIAN WHITE
    DARREN MCFADDEN
    MICHAEL BUSH
    LOUIS RANKIN
    JUSTIN GRIFFITH
    MATT HAHN
    JAVON WALKER
    DREW CARTER
    ARMAN SHIELDS
    CHAZ SCHILENS
    DARREL STRONG
    CHRIS WAGNER
    KWAME HARRIS
    JOHN WADE
    ADAM SPIEKER
    BRANDON RODD
    KALIMBA EDWARDS
    TREVOR SCOTT
    GREYSON GUNHEIM
    DERRICK GRAY
    WILLIAM JOSEPH
    ED HARTWELL
    MALIK JACKSON
    SHANE SIMMONS
    RONNIE PENTZ
    DEANGELO HALL
    DERRICK BROWN
    GIBRIL WILSON
    TYVON BRANCH

  • http://oaklandtribune OBAMA

    DID I FORGET NE1

  • http://oaklandtribune J Money 2

    thanks

  • Quagmire’d

    Who the hell is Derrick Gray?

  • http://oaklandtribune OBAMA

    I THREW IT TOGETHER QUIT I COULD OF HAD A MISTAKE…. LET ME CHECK

  • http://oaklandtribune OBAMA
  • Tonio

    Derrick Gray (DE)
    Height: 6’4″
    Weight: 266
    College: Texas Southern
    Conference: SWAC
    Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
    High School: John F. Kennedy HS

    One of the top 40 small-school prospects in this year’s draft class, Gray was not really on the radar coming into his senior year. But last fall he showed the potential to become a nice power defensive end with a second-team All-SWAC season: 76 tackles, 24.5 for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. That sort of production from a larger defensive end got him in the crosshairs of NFL scouts pretty quickly.

  • http://oaklandtribune OBAMA

    can anyone add or subtract from the list

  • Raider O

    JR, will be great.
    DMAC will rush for over 800 yards.if fargas is healthy and starts, if not 1200 yards baby.
    Miller will have 60 plus catches.

  • Raider O

    walker, i like to say he’ll go over 1000, but i dont know.

  • Cole Ford

    Dakota, I am not MR. A hundred years is a hundred years. What is the difference? As long as we have a military presence in the Middle East there will be people bombing us.

  • Raider O

    now deffense:
    TH and kirk will have 100+ tackles each and 8INTs between them both.
    ASO and Hall will have over 10 picks.
    Gibril and HUFF will have over 4 maybe 5.

  • Raider O

    i hate to say it but i agree with ford.

  • Raiderwoj

    send them all DMAC jerseys, that should make em happy

  • Raider O

    they only know the cowboys and 49ers overthere.

  • Cole Ford

    They could care less about football. Soccer is their sport.

  • Cole Ford

    new post

  • 909raiderlifer

    There is a new FOOTBALL post up.

  • Raiderwoj

    It’s the same as the Raider Nation foriegn policy, you ain’t with us then u against us.

  • Raider O

    they have been strong for a long time, they have more money than we do, free health, less taxes.and they’re at war for the last 62 years, we need thier help.

  • http://erikapodaca@yahoo.com Riverside Raiders Fan

    I’m basically new to reading and posting some comments on this blog and others as well. So correct me if I’m wrong, but I believed that we were to basically discuss NFL football, especially Raiders football.

    We’re suppose to share ideas and not critize
    others for different points of view. At least not in a derogatory way…agree or disagree but respect each others opinions as we’re all looking for the same thing:
    RAIDERS IMPROVEMENT, RAIDERS WINS AND MORE SUPER BOWLS.

    There were so many posting attacking people and a lot of political talk, from Iraq to torture, etc. Have I missed the point?

  • The Duke

    Does anyone have an idea on how we stop the run this year ? Anyone ?

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