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Boschetti signed, Williams renewed

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 10:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.

While offensive coordinator at UCLA, an overachieving defensive tackle named Ryan Boschetti apparently caught the eye of coach Tom Cable.

Boschetti managed to hang on with the Redskins for four seasons, first as a practice squad player and later as a reserve. He’s played in only 22 games, but if this Washington Times story is any indication, Boschetti should raise the level of intensity at defensive tackle this training camp with the Raiders.

Maybe Boschetti can help light a fire under Tommy Kelly and Terdell Sands, two players the Raiders need to perform if they hope to improve their No. 31 ranked rushing defense.

Boschetti and Sam Williams showed up on Raiders.com on the Raiders transactions page as having signed contracts.

Williams, long considered an Al Davis favorite, has the size and skill set to be the perfect candidate for strong side linebacker but injuries and ineffectiveness have relegated him to a special teams player.

The Raiders moved up to select Williams in the third round of the 2003 draft. He was the first of two third-round picks that year, with Justin Fargas being the other.

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  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Good point Dell #466. No need to build like the Raven & Steelers, playing on the West Coast. Except you need to win in December.

    And, the Raiders have traditionally been a better offensive team than defensive team. Maybe they do go WR @ #7

  • ottocrat

    McDadden getting sued, and not by the mother of his children for once…

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/raiders/index?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Oaklifer

    1st A. Smith
    2nd R. Brace
    3rd P. Chung

    Now we are talkin’!!!! Dominant running game and improved protection with Smith. Much improved run D with Chung and Brace. What more could we hope for out of this draft?

  • Charlie

    Vegas

    For the jump ball play to be meaningful you can not be down by 24 like we are when we play good teams.
    We need to get to 8-8 before we worry about red zone finesse.
    The Steelers, Giants and Patriots preference is to pound the ball down your throat with the run game in the redzone. That is what sets up the occasional jump ball.

  • DMunoz26

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    “I’d rather have the 23rd ranked run defense than a #1 WR”

    thats what I said. Read it again and maybe you’ll understand it this time.

    You said Raji would improve our run defense as much as Ngata improved the Ravens, right? You posted the stats. They moved up 8 spots. We’re currently ranked 31st vs the run, right? If we move up 8 spots by drafting Raji that would make us 23rd against the run.

    I said I’d rather have a #1 WR. I’m done with you. Take an English class. I suggest Written & oral communications. while you’re at it, look up the word “sarcasm” in the dictionary
    ______

    You are done because you are a moron, you also left out the fact I said take Gilbert in the 2nd which helps solidify the run even more. You are even dumber for failing to realize that they couldn’t move up any higher since they moved up to #1, what were they supposed to move up to -4. You only further prove my point by talking more and more. Can’t wait to here your next post of garbage.

  • RaiderRockstar

    ok. you think we’re the Lions, Ravens & Texans. I get it. whatever.

    good luck buddy. i’m out

    i’m done explaining the game of football to you

  • SnB Defense

    Chris in NY Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    Don’t forget, Ray Lewis won a Super Bowl and was already a surefire Hall of Famer before Ngata was drafted.
    ======================================================
    Tony Siragusa was the big man up the middle helping out Ray Lewis for his first years in the league and for their Super Bowl. Then he retired and Ray Lewis saw how hard his job became. Then he started complaining and asking to be traded.

    Kirk Morrison has Terdell Sands and Gerard warren.

    April 20, 2006: Lewis vents his frustration about not having space-eating defensive tackles in front of him that would allow him to roam free to make tackles. “The issue is: Are you going to let me do what I do?” he asked. “And if not, let me go.” Nine days later, the Ravens draft 340-pound defensive tackle Haloti Ngata

  • M Lonetree

    BoSJack

    459. Entry of the day! LOL

  • CantstandtheHaters

    scratch Raji…was dirty at the combine

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/04/02/raji/index.html

    OT/DE with the first two is what i say

  • DMunoz26

    The Raiders have all young WR’s that are still developing, why bring in another young WR that needs to develop? WR gets addressed next year if they don’t develop, what happens if we take Crabs this year and JLH and Schillens become studs? It’s a wasted pick, it’s common knowledge the 3rd year is the magic number for WR’s.

  • Raider Dell

    KK

    Registration finally! You’ve been a advocate of this move, are you happy?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Football 101:

    Run the Ball.
    Stop the Run.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    What’s up everyone. Just a heads up, it’s “The Real MaddenRaider”, from here on out. One of the Davis loyals got a jump start and snatched up the names of the more vocal critics (if only they put this much effort in building football teams over there anymore…). So, there is only one MaddenRaider: The Real MaddenRaider. You’ll probably see comments under names such as “MR”, or plain “MaddenRaider”, whatever. Not me. Those of you who know me will eventually figure it out, anyway. And the best part is these lowlifes can no longer clone us. Big thanks to you, Jerry. We finally have a real blog, now.

  • DMunoz26

    #

    # KoolKell Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Football 101:

    Run the Ball.
    Stop the Run.
    _______

    Preach on

  • bank-bank

    Hey Al once you’ve Drafted Maclin,then you can address the other issues that we have.I think the Steelers got The Defensive Player of the Year in the later rounds if im not mistaking.DRAFT MACLIN FIRST!!!!!

  • TrevJo

    The key to improving the team through the draft is NOT identifying your biggest need and spending your 1st round pick on that position. The keys to the draft are:
    1. Identifying good football players. We’ve done a terrible job of this, instead drafting freak athletes like McFadden and Russell. Jerry Porter is another example since our poor WR corps is such a hot topic.
    2. Don’t trade away your draft picks. Especially the high value/cost ones between the mid 1st round and the mid 4th round. We’ve done a terrible job of this as well, notably pissing away our early 2nd rounder last year. At least this season we finally have all of our round 1-4 picks.
    3. Recognize that players at most positions take time to develop. Especially OL and DL and WR. Trying to fill immediate needs at positions that take time to develop, through the draft, is usually futile, and failing to fill needs in advance at these positions is a killer. That’s why it was such a bad move to take a RB instead of a DL or WR last season.
    4. Identify your current needs. Most fans start with this but really this should be way down the list of considerations. The surest way to get yourself an ultimately worthless player is to reach for some guy just because his position is currently your weakest position.

    So you guys can argue all day about whether our biggest need is run defense or receiving. In the end, what will determine whether this is a good draft is going to be whether we accurately assess the talent in the draft and get someone who will have long-term value to us. We have needs at almost every position (the exceptions being RB, starting QB, and starting TE), so the only part that is really going to make or break our draft is the talent evaluation part.

  • DMunoz26

    # bank-bank Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Al once you’ve Drafted Maclin,then you can address the other issues that we have.I think the Steelers got The Defensive Player of the Year in the later rounds if im not mistaking.DRAFT MACLIN FIRST!!!!!
    ______

    You are mistaken he wasn’t drafted at all and was cut by another team, and the Steelers have proven almost every year that it’s the system more than the players. Porter has been the only LB I can remember doing anything on their new team.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Very happy. I don’t mind being called an idiot for what I say. I don’t want to be called an idiot for what someone else says with my name.

    Plus all the homophobic, racist rants were just sooooooo inappropriate. I think management saw the light when Marquis Cooper died at sea. Some of those comments were just horrible. And I copied and pasted them to IBA Management & KTVU News.

  • Charlie

    S&B

    What are your thoughts going DE at #7 and DT in round two?
    Most people seem to agree with you that Dline needs help. The question is Raji worth a #7?

  • vegas raider

    Charlie Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    Vegas

    For the jump ball play to be meaningful you can not be down by 24 like we are when we play good teams.
    We need to get to 8-8 before we worry about red zone finesse.
    The Steelers, Giants and Patriots preference is to pound the ball down your throat with the run game in the redzone. That is what sets up the occasional jump ball.

    ********************************

    I have been saying we need to go D-line at #7 or at worst #40. Stopping the run should priority number 1, improving our pass-offense number 2.

    However, turn some of those FG’s into TD’s last year, or some of those dropped 3rd down passes and we might have been 8-8 last year. Settled for way too many FG’s last year.

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    Maualauauauauga in Polynesian means Bosworth.

    And they call me a troll :roll:

  • edward teach

    Just a couple of points (about the Raiders, not the Lions or the Ravens; ridiculous comparisons)…

    Over the last six games of the 2008 season, the Raiders gave up a total of seven sacks.

    Over the last six games of 2008, the Raiders were fourth in the NFL in rushing.

    Over the last six games of 2008, the Raiders averaged 164 yards passing. For the entire year the team averaged 164.9 yards passing.

    Everyone talks about the young guys and how much the passing game improved when JLH and Schilens got involved, but the numbers don’t support that. What the numbers DO support, however, is that the performance of the offensive line improved quite a bit after Cable took over the team and worked some of the bugs out. Sacks were WAY down, penalties were way down, rushing yards were up.

    It’s obvious to anyone that is objective that our defense played pretty well for three quarters in almost every game. They ran out of gas in the fourth because the offense couldn’t stay on the field and sustain drives. When you are fourth in the league in rushing and only giving up a little over a sack per game and not getting first downs the problem is not with your defense or with your offensive line. Your problem is that your receivers are not getting open when they are supposed to, and not making catches for first downs.

    There is, I believe, a whole lot of wishful thinking when it comes to our current group of receivers. Schilens won’t get hurt again, Walker will be good as new, Sheilds will be the second coming of Marques Colston, and on and on. Those are really nice thoughts, but have no basis in reality.

    We need to upgrade the WR corps, period. It will keep the offense on the field and the defense off it.

  • SnB Defense

    jhill Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    In one ear and out the other with me regarding Raji, S&B. I don’t know if it’s your constant Raji propoganda or what, but I’m really starting to not want this guy anywhere near the team. The more I think about it, the less sense it makes to draft Raji. Your best case for him is Sands alleged poor play, and Sands is a backup. I have seen no evidence of Warren and Kelly being a problem for our defense. Let’s review the first and 3rd qtrs of any series of games you want and show me where we are n ot getting it done on 1st and 2nd down. I say 1st and 3rd qtrs, and early parts of the 2nd and 4th b/c that’s a good indication of when Warren and Kelly were playing together. No way I am using Sands as an example to draft DT at 7.
    =======================================================
    Raji is a top 10 candidate because he penetrates like a UT and takes on double teams like an NT. He has the combination of size and speed (for the position) that is not common. 3/4 teams want him to play the nose as well because he can hold the point. Again, Raji in the middle swallowing up lineman will give Morrison, Howard, Burgess and yes…Kelly better ability to make plays. That’s what this defense needs.

    Sands and Warren’s play is part of the argument. Had they lived up to their bloated contracts then I would be talking about Brian Cushing, Michael Crabtree or Michael Oher. But they don’t do their jobs and so here we are.

    We already talked about the Ravens game. I broke down the number runs over 4 yards…it was something like 22 carries for 120 or so yards or something. Talked about the 3rd down breakdowns. The inability of the Raider D-Line to make a play with the Ravens backed up in their end zone.

    The defense needs a couple of more pieces to get to good. Raji has the potential to do that. Despite what you say, the pundits, scouts etc…project Raji as that guy. Period. Raji is the top 10 guy. Not Ron Brace, or Sendarrick Marks, or Terrance Taylor. Raji is that guy. He was the one invited to interview with the Lions. Come on.

    As for DE. I am with you. I am pounding the pavement for the Raiders to grab Jarron Gilbert. That would give the Raiders a Base DE for the first time since Kelly was moved inside.

    Of course the Raiders could draft Raji #1 and Brace #2 and move Kelly back to base DE.

    April 20, 2006: Lewis vents his frustration about not having space-eating defensive tackles in front of him that would allow him to roam free to make tackles. “The issue is: Are you going to let me do what I do?” he asked. “And if not, let me go.” Nine days later, the Ravens draft 340-pound defensive tackle Haloti Ngata

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Well, back to what I was discussing last night.

    Al Davis passed on a head coach with a winning regular season record (11 seasons), a winning post season record, a Super Bowl victory, and a previous stint in Oakland where he did nothing short of turn the franchise around, and instead opted for Tom Cable, an offensive line coach basically just trying to run Kiffin’s old system. Are these the actions of an owner who supposedly wants to win more badly than any other owner in the game?

  • Charlie

    Trev

    Your logic is impeccable when you are around 8-8 and you are respectable. We have been awful for six straight years and our line play (at least on defense) is atrocious.
    We must draft for need this year.

  • AZ Raider

    522

    couldnt have said it better

  • vegas raider

    #522

    Good points to back-up your arguement. Stats don’t lie, O-line was a strength at times last year. WR’s and run defense never were.

    The same theory some have for not drafting a WR (let the young guys develop because they played so well the last two games), doesn’t seem to resonate for the O-line. They played great the last two weeks too. Double Standard??

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Good teams always draft for need, Charlie. It’s all these vertical game fans who want the Raiders to just take the fastest receiver on the board.

  • SnB Defense

    Charlie Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm
    S&B

    What are your thoughts going DE at #7 and DT in round two?
    Most people seem to agree with you that Dline needs help. The question is Raji worth a #7?
    =======================================================
    Unless the DE at 7 is Tyson Jackson I say no DE at 7. Orakpo, Everette Brown, Aaron Maybin are all speed pass rushers. The Raiders already have that in Burgess and Trevor Scott. The Raiders need a base DE to play over the RT and TE. The guy needs to hold the point on running plays and force plays to the playmakers. The best candidates for that role in this draft are Tyson Jackson, Jarron Gilbert and Mitch King from Iowa.

    Since Jackson is a bit of a reach at 7 that’s not an option. Raji at 7 is a value pick. Now you get a guy that can penetrate, collapse the pocket and take on the double teams. You can’t pass on a guy like that if your the Raiders.

    Jarron Gilbert at #2 gives you an athletic big man on the outside that can hold up well on the run and get some pass rush.

    The other option is to take Raji #1 and Brace #2 and move Kelly back to DE.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Guys, I was wondering if an owner, who’s serious about winning, passes on a coach with Gruden’s credentials to opt for an offensive line coach?

  • Just Win Baby

    Vartical game fans like Al Davis?

  • vegas raider

    Raji dirty?? He just fell out of the top-10. He will already be in the “program” when he gets drafed.

  • DMunoz26

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Guys, I was wondering if an owner, who’s serious about winning, passes on a coach with Gruden’s credentials to opt for an offensive line coach?
    ________

    Cable won back this team and had them playing harder and being more competitive than they have in years, I think he earned the right to coach.

  • DMunoz26

    # vegas raider Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Raji dirty?? He just fell out of the top-10. He will already be in the “program” when he gets drafed.
    _______

    Warren Sapp tested dirty at the combine and fell in the draft, you sure this is what you want to drop someone for? I could go either way on this one

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Munoz, there is no such thing as a “right to coach”. It’s a business. It’s a matter of hiring the best coach available. Do you believe Tom Cable is a better NFL coach than Jon Gruden?

  • DKnight007

    YES!

    Scratch Raji off the list of potential picks for the Raiders. Testing positive at the combine will cause him to fall as he tested positive at BC as well?

    Thats all we need is another overweight short armed lazy pot head to be the supposed run anchor?

    This should end the Raji debate. I wonder if his man boobs would have matched Smiths if he has his shirt off as well when running? LOL

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/04/02/raji/index.html

  • Coach Sean

    Been a long while since I’ve posted here, but will try it out now that the registration thing is up and going.

    Have noticed that Raji seems to be the new hot topic. Sure it’s been talked about, but I really like the idea of moving down, and getting an additional 1st (Philly trade) or maybe Detroit’s 2nd 1st (20th overall) and maybe the first pick in the second. Would position us to pick up one of the USC LB’s and maybe a Max Unger type.

    Always thought Tommy Kelly made a better DE opposite Burgess. Too tall to be consistently effective as a DT. Thoughts???

  • TrevJo

    Charlie, there isn’t a player in the draft that we could add to make us a contender this year. So why make this year’s needs the primary focus of the draft? Annually drafting for immediate need rather than for talent and future need is one of the biggest reasons why we were STILL a 10-loss team for the 5th year in a row.

  • CantstandtheHaters

    The Real MaddenRaider did you hear what the TB players was saying after he got whacked? that guy is done in the NFL imo. maybe he will get a coordinator job but i wouldnt let this psycho anywhere near my team if a owned one

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Real MaddenRaider

    I for one am very glad ther was no Davis/Gruden footsies going on. I hate that dink&dunk offense, and Gruden engineered his way out of here just like Kiffin did.

  • Moose

    #530

    wasnt TC head coach at idaho and OC at ucla?
    ok his won-loss record wasnt good,but he has the experience to run the offence..

  • DKnight007

    DMunoz26 Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    # vegas raider Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Raji dirty?? He just fell out of the top-10. He will already be in the “program” when he gets drafed.
    _______

    Warren Sapp tested dirty at the combine and fell in the draft, you sure this is what you want to drop someone for? I could go either way on this one

    ^^^^^^
    That was a long time ago and Raji is no Sapp….

  • RaiderRockstar

    Unless the DE at 7 is Tyson Jackson I say no DE at 7.

    ***

    S&B:

    Mel Kiper Jr. has Tyson Jackson going to the Chargers at #16

    saw it just this morning on SportsCenter

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    M Lonetree Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:56 pm
    BoSJack

    459. Entry of the day! LOL

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

    Thanks M.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You guys seem pretty confident in the drafting ability of a GM that’s 24-72 in the past 6 years.

  • jhill

    We already talked about the Ravens game. I broke down the number runs over 4 yards…it was something like 22 carries for 120 or so yards or something. Talked about the 3rd down breakdowns. The inability of the Raider D-Line to make a play with the Ravens backed up in their end zone.

    —————————————————–

    More propaganda. You can spin it anyway you want, but the evidence doesn’t support you. So what the defense didn’t go 3 and out when they had them on the goal line? The Dline had the Ravens in a 3rd and 9 on their own 16, in that same drive, and they gave up a 1st down. The same drive, had them stopped for a 3rd and 5, and gave up a 70 yd touchdown bomb. A DT at 7 no matter who it is, doesn’t help us get off the field on those 3rd down plays.

    You’re right, we did review it, but you Raji colored glasses keep you from admitting the truth.

  • DMunoz26

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Munoz, there is no such thing as a “right to coach”. It’s a business. It’s a matter of hiring the best coach available. Do you believe Tom Cable is a better NFL coach than Jon Gruden?
    ______

    He sure out coached him the last game of the season and had his team better prepared despite TB playing for a playoff opportunity. Like I said he earned his right to coach this team.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Cantstandthehaters, I’m not concerned with what Tampa Bay players think. I’m concerned with hiring the best coach available for my football team. Gruden is not perfect, but to opt for an offensive line coach at the mercy of Kiffin’s playbook, instead? Come on.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Scratch Raji off the list of potential picks for the Raiders. Testing positive at the combine will cause him to fall as he tested positive at BC as well?

    Thats all we need is another overweight short armed lazy pot head to be the supposed run anchor?

    This should end the Raji debate. I wonder if his man boobs would have matched Smiths if he has his shirt off as well when running?

    ***

    LOL. good one DKnight007!

    nice post #522 Ed Teach

  • jhill

    Sands and Warren’s play is part of the argument.

    ——————————————————

    Still waiting for the games where Warren and Kelly played bad as starters. Show me 1st and 3rd qtr evidence to support your case.