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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.

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  • Raider O

    408,
    who is WIZ?

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    909raiderlifer
    It used to smell worse when the Starkist Cannery was located there.

  • C4

    Is it August yet?

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Who is Wiz? Pretty bad 0.

  • C4

    Raider O
    I think he means Steve Wisnuieski

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider O Says:
    June 5th, 2008 at 1:05 pm
    “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 think that the Raiders have one of the fastest LB Corps in the NFL. Their speed equates more to picks than to big hits. They need an enforcer to knock the snot out of people coming over the middle. KoolKell may be right, Gibril Wilson may be the very guy to do such things.

    408 -

    Good point, the Wiz was the man! Now that dude was NASTY! Talk about playing til the whistle blows, he had fools on the ground and was still blocking them until the whistle. Intense as all hell too. Totally mellow and super religious off the field, but on it he was a madman.

  • C4

    I never heard him called ” Wiz” either, but I never forget a Raider, so I just put 2 and 2 together

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER
  • Raider O

    thx C4,

    he was a bad @ss.

  • http://none Bill Pickel

    The Celtics are going to do what Kobie did to that young lady in Colorado,to the Lakers tonight.

    Go Celtics.

  • C4

    Gallery wears that number in vein

  • 909raiderlifer

    Exla…ahhh the good old days. The combined aromas of oil refineries and dead fish.lol

  • Dakota Killa #99

    for those that care Napoleon Kaufman and his ministry are featured every Wednesday morning at 7 am on KICU 36. Nappy is one inspirational man!

    C4 -

    Gallery asked the Wiz for permission to wear that number.

  • Raider O

    thx for the link, ya I never heard anone call him WIZ eather.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Obama picks the Lakers in 6

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    909raiderlifer
    My dad had a mens clothing store at 234th and Avalon and on Friday’s the guys would come in after getting off work and we would spray them with cologne. I just had a smell memory. wow! lol

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    do you guys listen to the game on the radio or internet when watching! Poppa and coach Flores both use to call him that. WIZ was the man I rember 1 game when Hoss got hit a lil late WIZ took a 15yard penalty for going right after the defender and knocking him on his @$s

  • Dakota Killa #99

    McCain picks the Washinton Generals in 5

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    DK99′s right it was THE WIZ thats what they use 2 call him

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Many players thought that uber Christian guard was the dirtiest player in the league

  • Raider O

    EX what a memory, the only raider I met was philip when the Raiders came to SD for the SB.

  • 909raiderlifer

    408…. Today’s practice ends at 2:15p.m. Jerry has been good so far in getting a new post up within 60min. Look for your kool-aid fix, around 3:00p.m.ish.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    I imagine The Wiz was that guy that everybody hated, unless he was on your team. Kind of like Romo. I despised that man until he donned the Silver and Black. Then I opened my eyes to his tenacity and importance to a defense. I always knew he was good but I never gave him a chance until he was a Raider.

  • Dakota

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    June 5th, 2008 at 10:28 am
    Dakota…

    btw… regarding, your post in Dutch I got it translated by a friend from work… He is from Holland/The Netherlands, since I’m from Denmark I cant understand Dutch…
    _______________________________________________________
    oooops, lol.

  • Raider O

    MAN, I had high hopes for Philip, I thaught him and Charles were going to be the best in the NFL for years to come, hw wrong was I!!!!

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Dutch Translation – “Lakers in 6″

  • Dakota

    LMN,

    Mig skadelig LMN , Gid jer fik den gist i den besked. Gid jeres dad bliver bedre.

    Is that right?

  • Dakota Killa #99

    is that what it meant?

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Raider O Says,
    My dad also had a store in Ladera Hts. I provided the tuxedo’s for Ethan Hortons Wedding and also Anthony Glover’s. Ethan used to invite to the practices in El Segundo and AD would kick us out. I have a picture with AD on the 40 yrd line at the Superdome taken the day before Monday Night Football.

  • Dakota

    Lakers in 5 baby! Maybe even a sweep!

  • Raider O

    I think this secondary will be the best in the NFL, reminds me of the ol days, Huff can use his speed to cover more ground and he can hurt WR, Wilson playing close to the line and cracking people going up the middle, and ASO and hall shutting down WRs.

  • Dakota

    If you want to know what it means, go to a free on-line translator and cut and paste.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Exla… I have just done some jobs, from time to time, over the past 25yrs. or so. ( I’am in the construction biz.) That smell down there is the only thing that must come close to “Napalm in the morning.”

  • Dakota Killa #99

    I highly doubt that there will be a broom sale in LA. Only you are alowwed to say such things. All other Laker fans are pretending…

  • Dakota Killa #99

    I am guessing it is well wishes for LMN’s dad.

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    909

    good lookin out! I need my kool-aid ya dig

  • Dakota

    This place has become a place of anger and poison. Whe must cleanse it with focused love and adoration to our fellow Raider Nationites.

    Peace, love, harmony…

  • Dakota Killa #99

    909 -

    I guess that you never made it through Eureka, CA when they still had the Pulp Mill up and running. Everyday around 2 pm the city would be overcome with a rotten sourkraut through a dead horse’s ass smell that would permeate everything. It had to have been seriously toxic…

  • Raider O

    EX
    Dude, you are lucky, one day I will move to Oakland and become a season ticket holder, and if i open a business raiders players would be treated like Kings.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    909raiderlifer

    I understand that Papadakis Greek Restaurant in San Pedro has or is going to close. John Papadakis played LB at USC and his dad was a huge booster. As is the custom in some Greek Restaurants, they smashed the dishes. Great fun.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Anyone ever follow a Garlic truck through Gilroy. Takes days to get the garlic smell out of the ventilation system.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Peace, love, harmony…

    and chippiness

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Papadakis, isn’t he the host of Pro’s vs Joes?

  • Florida Pete

    Raider O Says:
    June 5th, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    I think this secondary will be the best in the NFL, reminds me of the ol days, Huff can use his speed to cover more ground and he can hurt WR, Wilson playing close to the line and cracking people going up the middle, and ASO and hall shutting down WRs.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    wilson is not enough…

    we need a MLB…

  • 909raiderlifer

    #99….. HAHAHA, man I’am still laughing trying to type . I remember that odor, from a family vacation to Oregon when I was a little whipper.

    Yes that papermill odor, is right there with San Pedro on hard boiled egg day. lol

  • Dakota Killa #99

    a smell memory like exlaraider mentioned earlier.

    Eureka was nasty for many years.

  • 909raiderlifer

    408….I just hope ol’ Jerry Mac doesen’t go to Denny’s first for the “early bird” today and make me look bad.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota Killa #99 Says:
    June 5th, 2008 at 1:45 pm
    Papadakis, isn’t he the host of Pro’s vs Joes?
    ———————————————-
    If he went to USC, he is.
    http://www.papadakistaverna.com/Pages/usc.htm

  • Dakota Killa #99

    I’m out

    be prepared for mad sh*t talking if the Lakers lose tonight, and not just from me.

    Thanks for the Raiders talk guys, I appreciate it.

    Peace

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Ex -

    Sorry for breaking your balls earlier. Nothing personal. I’m actually not such an a$$hole, just don’t get me started on the Lakers and I am ok. My therapist recommends this highly.

    In that pic its hard to tell if its the same guy, but it would make sense for him to host such a show, being an ex baller from USC.

    Now I’m out…