Hall breaks through

At 5:32 p.m. Wednesday, cornerback DeAngelo Hall stepped in front of a JaMarcus Russell pass intended for Johnnie Lee Higgins and ran the other way with an interception.

Not earthshaking news, but a rarity in that it was the first time I’d seen a defender step make a play on the ball and make a clean interception without help from a deflection off the hands of an intended receiver during all the allotted media availability time through rookie minicamp, two organized team activities and three practices at the mandatory minicamp.

Thirteen minutes later, it happened again. This time it was Andrew Walter throwing into double coverage, withThomas Howard stealing the pass. He considered a lateral to Michael Huff, thought better of it, and kept the ball.

More quick hits from the evening session:

— Al Davis made his first appearance on the field at the minicamp.

— Visitors included former Raiders defensive tackle Chester McGlockton, who had a very brief exchange with Davis. McGlockton is working as an assistant coach with Hayward’s Chabot College and was accompanied by a few other members of the Chabot staff.

— JaMarcus Russell made jaw-dropping throw on a broken play, rolling to his right and flicking a pass that traveled 60 yards in the air to Drew Carter, who got behind Michael Huff for a big gain.

— Neither Fred Wakefield (knee) nor Javon Walker participated in the second practice. Neither did fullback Oren O’Neal, who sustained a knee injury in the morning session. That meant a busy practice for the only other fullback on the roster, veteran Justin Griffith.

Arman Shields (hamstring) missed his third straight practice, watching Todd Watkins and Chaz Schilens get plenty of work and have some positive moments.

— Practice ended with coach Lane Kiffin calling for a two-minute drill, putting 2:28 on the clock, giving the offense two timeouts and the ball at the 31-yard line.

The first team defense responded with Gerard Warren dropping Russell for a 10-yard “sack” on first down. On second down, Russell found Johnnie Lee Higgins for 9 yards to the 30.

Blitz fans will be pleased to note cornerback Stanford Routt got to Russell for a five-yard loss on third down, with Zach Miller failing to hold a short pass far short of the first down marker on fourth-and-long, with Russell under pressure by Kalimba Edwards.

The second team offense fared somewhat better against the second team defense. Andrew Walter hit Griffith against a blitz for a 12-yard gain on first down, with Will Buchanon dropping a Walter pass on second down.

That prompted a rebuke from offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who barked, “That’s three drops today! Let’s go!”

The offense moved past midfield on another pass from Walter to Griffith. Walter had an an opportunity for a deep strike to Drisam James for a score, but Hiram Eugene made up enough ground to deflect a slightly underthrown pass.

An offsides penalty by Jay Richardson and a completion from Walter to Schilens got Sebastian Janikowski in range for a 46-yard field goal attempt. Janikowski missed slightly to the left, then converted when he got another chance, ending practice.

— Defensive tackle Terdell Sands, who has been playing both at the nose and three-technique and been working behind Josh Shaw, drew the eye of at least one sideline observer for playing with fire and emotion.

— Darren McFadden was one of several players working at fielding balls from a JUGS machine to simulate kickoffs.

— Wide receiver James Lofton throws his own passes during drills and was instructing his charges to “see the ball, feel the sidelines,” and was making one perfect pass after another on out patterns.

— The Raiders complete the minicamp with one practice today starting at 12:30 p.m.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Wow, aren’t you upset? I apologize for not intuiting you are a Jazz fan. Go Jazz! I wish they had hung on for another game or two against LA.

    I must say I am dubious about DK99 being your only name though, but who cares really.

  • Bo Schembechler Jackson

    DK99, you turn almost every discussion into a “you’re gay” contest with a lot of jizz talk…why?

    It doesn’t reveal a very good side of your personality, if you know what I mean.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    I sure don’t give a sh*t what you think. It’s not like you have garnered any of my respect by any means. You have shown your true colors on more than one occasion. It’s not hard to discern the kind of person you really are.

    I liked the Jazz when they were from New Orleans son. You were just a sparkle in your daddys eye. One thing I am not is upset that the Jazz didn’t beat the Lakers. I am not defined by wins and losses of a team that doesn’t even know that I exist.

    Get a clue young man.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    The gay comments are directed at someone else. But if you choose to latch onto them that is your preference and I don’t hold your lifestyle choices against you.

  • Flavor Flav

    Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhh Booooooyyyyeeeeeeee

    you got served son.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider4life and 408 Raider have been the only posters on here today with any intelligence besides myself. These Laker tools struggle just to decipher the meaning behind some of the big words that others use.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Jerry Mac…Nice report, you have really stepped your game up, keep up the good work.

    Just a few questions though.

    Did Al speak w/ any coaches or players, or just observe?

    Who said that Turd was playing with “Fire and emotion”?

    Did Kiff give Seabass a mulligan on that first kick that missed in the 2min. drill??

    How are the Special Team units looking. Kick returns vs. Coverage?


  • Dakota Killa #99

    Dakota is the only Laker fan that I have ever met with intelligence. He may be in denial about a few things but at least he is smart and knows what he is talking about. Dakota is obviously the exception to the rule when it comes to the typical Laker fan. Probably because he doesn’t live any where near LA.

  • Raider O

    I haven’t been watching much of B ball after Jordan retired, bulls and jazz, great games, and NY.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider O –

    B Ball has become 7′ centers flopping in the lane trying to get a call.

  • Bo Schembechler Jackson

    DK99: “I am not defined by wins and losses of a team that doesn’t even know that I exist.”

    Correct. DK99 is defined by using gay insults to provoke strangers who don’t know he exists.

  • Raider O

    go to SF gate, sacbee.com, and merc news the all cover the raiders, thats where I get my news and from Jerry too.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    909raiderlifer –

    Nice post

  • Dakota Killa #99

    BSJ –

    Time for you to grow up son.

  • Raider O

    I miss Jordan, pip, Charles, patrick, the mail man, Clyde real B ball players, you know what I mean.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider O

    I feel you. The Mailman and Stockton running the pick and roll to perfection, Hakeem with the “Dream Shake”. These youngs kids today just don’t know.

  • Raider O

    today’s players too much hype and no show.

  • what time is Jerry droppin off the Kool aid? al this b-ball crap is getting old every1 knows that the only team that matters is the OAKLAND RAIDERS

  • Raider O

    thats what I meant DK, you understand.

  • Raider O

    Ed Hartwell seems to be doing well, I think he will make the team.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider O –

    You are right on the money bro.

    408Raider –

    I will stop now, you are right. It’s all about the Raiders baby! The Lakers and all of their fans (except my namesake) can kiss my black a$$!

  • Florida Pete

    there are people in here who are dangling their participles…

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider O

    I think Hartwell may be this years version of Donavin Darius. Hartwell has a long road ahead of him just to make this team. With that being said I do have high hopes for this dude. He was a bad a$$ not that long ago.

  • Raiders/Obama 08′

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Right on KoolKell. It’s time for a change

  • Obama/Raiders 08′ “Change We Can Believe In.”

  • Florida Pete

    a cool change…

  • KK

    Change you can see on the field!!!!

    I hope

  • mike2h

    fk bball.& every post that is more than a causual statement about a bball game.
    getting really old sifting thru the bball related comments, especially the childish arguments. bad enough having to put up with that drivel when it is realted to football, but basketball to…?

  • Florida Pete

    nickles and dimes…

  • Eldridge Dickey, Art Shell, Barack Obama. I smell a change of fortunes for the Silver & Black.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Raider O…. Thanx, I make the rounds, of all sites that I know of. Including those you mentioned.

    raidernews.com, pft.com and prosportsdaily.com/nfl/raiders are good for national and out of town local reports on our beloved Raiders.

    I haven’t read anything on special teams, except that my boy Seabass is in mid-season form. And missing FG attempts in the 2min. drill.

    Would like to hear what, the Coverage vs. Return teams are up to. And if anyone is standing out.

  • There’s a smell of change in the Autumn Wind.

  • Raider O

    the only diff between Darius and ED IMO is age ED is still in his prime he is only 30 and has not played in 2 years, if he can sty healthy he can make the roster unless Brown is doing something I dont know about.

  • Florida Pete

    and it smells like victory !!!

  • Florida Pete

    … and beer…

  • stfu

    People bitching about other people bitching is still bitching.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    excellent point Raider O, he does have youth on his side. He was a beast with the Ravens not that long ago…

  • Florida Pete

    can i write that down ???

  • Dakota Killa #99

    KoolKell Says:
    June 5th, 2008 at 12:58 pm
    “There’s a smell of change in the Autumn Wind.”

    I thought that I was just smelling the Cali Collie. It all makes sense to me now…

  • Raider O

    I think we are missing a player on defense with a nasty attitude, someone who wants to crack you, not just go for picks, a LB or a D linemanwho is nasty.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider O –

    The Raiders haven’t had that kind of presense on D since Roid Romo left. He was nasty with a capital N.

  • That player could be G Wilson.

  • Raider O

    it seems to me that our LB love to drop back and get picks more than doing the dirty work, I think they take more pride in picks than hits, what do you think DK?

  • I wish WIZ would come and slap our OT’s around! u gotta luv that guy line hasent been the same since he left

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder
  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Haven’t heard from Tommy Trojan since the draft.

  • Raider O

    Romo that dude was one crazy MF. socked on of his teammates in the eye. as for G wilson I think he will bring in some attitude but he is still a Safety he has to cover most of the time and he only 6′ 210, we need a LB with attitude to cmplement Morrison and Mr. 53.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Pete…. Just hope that it dosen’t smell like San Pedro on a foggy morning.

    It is a very let’s say um..well … er..umm.. unique, that’s it a VERY unique smell. Not pleasent at all..

  • Raider O

    who is WIZ?