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DHB sits it out

Notes from Saturday’s second minicamp practice:

After a rough morning practice that included dropped passes and counsel from Jeff Garcia, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey mostly watched during the second session.

The No. 1 draft pick, who at one point Saturday morning was being worked on by the training staff for an apparent cramp, went through some drills but did not participate in any seven-on-seven or team drills.

Raiders coach Tom Cable, who addresses the media once in the afternoon, declined to update Heyward-Bey’s status.

“He said he’ll get into it tomorrow,” senior executive John Herrera said.

– Al Davis made his first minicamp appearance a little before 5 p.m., watching on a cart and departing before the session was finished.

– Guard Cooper Carlisle found himself on the ground during the no-contact drills courtesy of Tommy Kelly two times in a span of three plays.

– Tight end Chris O’Neill, an undrafted free agent from Boise State, made the best catch of minicamp so far, reaching up and cradling a one-handed catch from Jeff Garcia more than 20 yards downfield behind Michael Huff and Jerome Boyd, the Oregon linebacker who is being played at safety.

– During a seven-on-seven drill, Garcia spied McFadden with one-on-one coverage by rookie free-agent linebacker David Nixon of BYU. Garcia pump faked and found McFadden for a 45-yard gain down the sideline not far from where Davis was watching practice in his cart.

– Russell’s passing continued to be hit and miss, with a lot short throws to running backs and tight ends with the occasional attempt downfield. He found Louis Murphy on a deep cross on one attempt, and later threw a high wobbler down the left sideline toward Murphy that missed badly out of bounds with Justin Miller in coverage.

Practice ended with Russell completing a sideline route to Murphy.

– The second session, particularly in the early stages, was much more spirited and energetic.

– Early in the session, a hawk emerging from the field beyond the fence at the Oakland Airport flew through the air with a snake and landed on a nearby communications tower, where it came under the scrutiny of a few other birds who were diving at his prey.

Some support staff and a few players were watching, until returning their gaze to the field when play resumed _ all except Shane Lechler, who never punted in the session and could afford to watch the show.

– Tommy Kelly jumped offsides during a team session, with five yards marked off for the offense since the first down markers were in use. The Raiders bypassed recognition of similar fouls in the first session.

– A good sign offensively _ two well-executed screen passes, one from Russell to Michael Bush and another from Bruce Gradkowski to Louis Rankin.

– Aside from Heyward-Bey, those who did not participate included left guard Robert Gallery, defensvie tackle Gerard Warren, defensive end Derrick Burgess, tight end Zach Miller, center Samson Satele and fullback Oren O’Neal. Linebacker Ricky Brown returned after sitting out the first session, and deflected and nearly intercepted a Garcia pass.

The Raiders wrap up their minicamp with a single practice Sunday at 11:45 a.m.

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  • http://atm Raider O

    Canadianraider,

    By the way sir, it’s just a joke. I don’t mean any disrespect. lol

  • DarthPirate

    Mike Mitchell out too. Jeesh.

    And Canadian Raider, running out of patience with a guy after one or two years starting is not a good idea. Guys tend to start to click around year 2 or 3.

  • DarthPirate

    Chris O’neill is impressing again.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    So is Scott. I like that guy.

  • 4evaRaider

    Trevor!!!!!!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    DP,

    I wonder if he will be impressing at pre season. I hope so, we need 3 good TEs on the Rosrer. IMO

  • RuffRaider

    # DarthPirate Says:
    May 10th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Chris O’neill is impressing again.
    …………

    He’s off to a real good start, anyone have any details on this kid?

  • 4evaRaider

    Ricky Brown 2 YEAH

  • DarthPirate

    They’re blitzing too. I hope they are actually going to do that, and are not just working the O Line.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Arman!!! Running!!!

  • DarthPirate

    Russell hits Mcfadden in stride. THAT’S what we want to hear!

  • 4evaRaider

    Raider O how do you know Arman is running???

  • DarthPirate

    Arman is out I thought.

  • DarthPirate

    According to the twitter he’s out and Drisan James is in.

  • canadianraider

    i know what you guys are saying….i hope your right..but i dont see that much of an upside to justify that pick….the longer this goes on..the more i think he was all hype…..i do hope i am wrong..

    darth..tell me some qbs who have clicked in their third year that started out as average as russel has so far…

  • 4evaRaider

    Come-On Jmac blow it up

  • RuffRaider

    I know it’s the 1st OTA and all, but the defensive scheme is sounding more aggressive than it’s been in years.

    Sounds like what Bob Marley posted @ 175:

    “Seattle runs a base 4-3 under coordinator John Marshall, with multiple blitz packages designed to harass quarterbacks from every conceivable angle”.

  • 4evaRaider

    Oh No Kalif do not do Kwaaaaaameeeeeee

  • DarthPirate

    CanadianRaider, Eli Manning did. And he was getting booed off the field.

    I’m not counting Russell as being a third year player, this will be his second full year starting.

    Also I know Elway was terrible during his first year. I’m sure others know more about this than I do.

    I’ve just heard many, many times that a QB will start to make jumps in his third year or so.

  • DarthPirate

    Also Jay Cutler.

  • DarthPirate

    Garcia misses by a mile on a deep route. No sh!t, that’s what he does.

  • DarthPirate

    Routt sounds like he’s balling it up so far this year.

  • canadianraider

    i can accept eli as an example..hope your right..

  • DarthPirate

    Coverage sacks coming one after another here. Receivers cant get open apparently, which is no surprise with the guys that are out there.

  • 4evaRaider

    shoulda been 6 to JLH

  • RuffRaider

    Aikman only won one game his first season. I could be wrong, but I thought that’s what set-up the Emmit pick. His first few seasons he had like twice as many INT’s as TD’s. He was terrible – and if I’m not mistaken, he was also a No. 1 overall pick.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    For what is worth…

    Boise State TE Chris O’Neil is supposed to be 6’3 252 with 4.68 speed, started last season playing well for 4 games but broke his leg and missed the rest of the season.

    Din’t produce much in College but I’ve read that Sanjay Lal Coached him in High School, that’s probably why he’s out there.

  • DarthPirate

    Twitter keeps crapping out and not updating. I hate that site, but I’m desperate for some football lol.

  • DarthPirate

    YEAH! Slade Norris with the sack on another blitz! I’m loving the heat they’re bringing.

    They’re really going after the offense hard.

  • RuffRaider

    SLADE!!!!

    Al’s still got the magic touch baby…. lmao

  • DarthPirate

    Minicamp is over. OTAs start May 19th.

  • DarthPirate

    Slade has to be great with that name. That way the Chuck Norris jokes can continue.

  • 4evaRaider

    It’s ov~er It’ ov~er It’s ov~er

  • 4evaRaider

    Man I’m sooo glad Rob Ryan is history

  • 4evaRaider

    Did Aikman hold-out his 1st year???

  • http://atm Raider O

    4eva,

    My bad, arman is out.
    Sometimes you read what you want to hear, you know!! lol

  • 4evaRaider

    yeah mon =)

  • http://atm Raider O

    lol

  • RuffRaider

    I have no idea when Aikman signed as a rookie, but I do recall JR’s contract issue had a lot to do with Al Davis wanting to do things “his way”.

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    4eva you are sounding very negative ok he held out are you going to hold that against him forever how do you know if it was the agent who didnt like the contract and i keep seeing you write about his work ethic he was at the facilities the whole offseason except for the week his uncle died and his mom had surgery

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    4eva there were also alot of tweets about wr catching everything in sight im sure jruss was throwing some of those passes

  • http://atm Raider O

    Poor lakers!!

    Dakota,

    Don’t break any tables, it’s not worth it.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dakota,

    What is wrong with your lakers!!!!?????

    LMAO

    I hope you are OK.

  • 4evaRaider

    I dunno 16 I think he has all the potential in da world,and I think he thinks he can get by with that.And he cant,imo

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dakota,

    I’m playing, you know!!

    Don’t break anything!! lol

  • RuffRaider

    Time for Derek Fisher to go MMA again.

  • http://atm Raider O

    67-40!!! Wow!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    MMA!!!!

    LMAO

  • 4evaRaider

    new post

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