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

  • Dakota


    This is worse than waiting for the draft.

  • Having a linebacker who can pick off 6 or 7 passes is nothing to sneeze at.

  • I like the way it smells in Mendocino County =)

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota Killa #99

    As Chick Hearn would say,” no harm, no foul.”
    Now get the f*ck outtahere!lol

    Go Lakers in 5.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Exla…. The restaurant is still open and owned by the family. one of John’s kids Petros (pros vs. joes) also a USC football alumm. he was a RB late 90’s under Tedford (I think)

    Has a sportstalk show here on am570 in the p.m. drive. He talks about the restauant often and has the old man on every fri.@ 5:00p.m.

    go to am570radio.com and look for the PMS link.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Found an old picture of Tommy Trojan with John Papadakis Sr.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    the jello’s jiggling

  • Raider O


    dont get me wrong. I’m not saying our LBs are bad, but having a nasty LB that plays the 2 downs, and is a coplete run stopper would be a great addition to a team with sme problems in the front 4, or you can improve the play of your front 4 and then the addition of 1 more LB will not seem so important.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    from the Feb 18, 2008 Daily Breeze
    San Pedro’s best-known Greek restaurant has been targeted by Marie Callender’s, and the Community Redevelopment Agency and the local councilwoman sound excited. “If it works out, this would be a great addition to downtown San Pedro,” said Janice Hahn. “Marie Callender’s really attracts families and it’s open morning, noon and evening, so that’s something I think would give a boost to the downtown.” Owner John Papadakis says he has no deal to sell or close down, but the local buzz is that he wants out. Papadakis Taverna opened in 1973.

  • Dakota
  • Dakota Killa #99

    the eggs are cooling

  • Raider O

    all this talk about Greek restaurants is making me hungry, now I want some MUSAKAH.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    “The game’s in the Admiral
    the door’s closed, the light’s out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the jello’s jiggling”

    Laker’s in 5

  • Florida Pete

    in my book a MLB who gets 6 or 7 intceptions a year…

    and can’t stop anyone running the ball…

    IS someone to sneeze at…

    Morrison needs to move outside, where he can be most helpful…

    we need some help in the middle…

  • Raider O

    can we please stop talking about food, you guys are making me hungry. MY GOD, greek restaurants, eggs, butter, Jello, you guys are making this fat man hungry.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Rice Pudding with cinnamin. Salads with feta. Grape leaves……….

  • why is jordan still on the roster nobodys gona give us jack 4 him

  • C4

    Practice has been over for 5 minutes, whats taking so long Jerry? LOL just kidding, but we should have a new thread within the hour.

  • Togos # 9 with lots of mustard hold the mayo

  • Raider O

    stop EX, stop man, I’m about to eat my laptop.
    I love greek food Musakah mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Raider O

    hummus, Lamb, garlic chicken, uzzo.
    see what you have started.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    One of the Summer ending festivals here in Toledo is the Greek Fest. 3 days of great drink and food. The ouzzo is hard to down though we manage

  • Raider O

    Dude, thats it. I’m having Greek food today.

  • Raider O

    I love ouzzo man.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Past the Greek Sauce please!

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I need it for my Gyro.

  • Raider O

    you @ss. 🙂

  • Raider O

    are you Greek?

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Doesn’t Jerry know that if he waits till 9:50 pm est like he did last night that the game will be on.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    No, but I love foods of all ethnic types.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Jerry Mac….tic…tic…tic….408 needs his kool-aid fix, please. Thank you..

  • Raider O

    I love food period.

  • SJSpartan

    This post has been taken over by Greeks and Freaks!

  • Raiderbaitor

    I’m anxiously awaiting the latest Johnny Lee Higgins practice report: JLH, Superman or Super Bust?

  • 909raiderlifer

    Exla….Save room for popcorn, in just over 3hrs.lol

  • The Love Guru

    Anyone up for Indian cuisine?

  • native american?

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    There is a great Middle Eastern Takeout 5 minutes from me and on the way home, I’ll pick up some hummous, and pita from them and Wings next store. Long night ahead.

  • K-Rock

    I like Cuban Pressed Sandwiches

  • 909 he musta stopped @ Dennys LOL

  • yes i am

  • hummus and pita is some good stuff. A little bobaganoush (spelling) is good too.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Y’all missed on the Mexican food restaurant reviews yesterday..

  • 909raiderlifer

    408…. Jerry has 13mins. or I’am going to look bad here..

  • Retiredguy

    Lakers in Six. At least by missing the playoffs, The Warriors saved us the embarassment of watching them get swept by L.A.

  • 909
    no u won’t…. come on Jerry where the Kool-Aid @ hows BUSH doin? is McFadden gonna sign soon dose kwami look that bad?……….

  • Raider O

    wings and hummus, i never heard of that mix b4. but I think will try that.

  • dude Warriors ran out of gas @ the end of the season….. f bball anyway

  • 909raiderlifer

    408…. Thanx, Jerry has been on time so far, within 60mins. of end of practice. Thus my prediction.