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Stats to watch for Russell, Raiders

As the Raiders meet for another three-day OTA starting Tuesday, they’ll continue to restructure their offense and indirectly be seeking to upgrade some statistical yardmarkers which will give an idea of how JaMarcus Russell is progressing in his second full season as a starter.

Warren Sapp was fond of saying “stats are for losers,” and it’s true a statistic can be pulled and stretched in different directions. Here are a few numbers that, if improved, will mean Russell’s performance has improved as well because of better help from his offensive line, more explosive playmakers and improved accuracy:

Rushing yards, first-and-10: A strong indicator of how the offensive line is playing, given the New York Giants and their heralded line was first with 1,333 yards. The Raiders were 14th in the NFL at 865 yards.

The two rookie quarterbacks who led their team to the playoffs last season got a lot of help in this area. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens operated in offenses which ranked second (1,253 for Atlanta) and fourth (1,202) in this category.

If Justin Fargas is to hold off Michael Bush, first-and-10 is where he has to excel.

Percentage of first downs per pass attempt: The Raiders were 28th at 26.7 percent. This means Russell needs more targets than Zach Miller when he needs to keep the chains moving. Based on the mandatory minicamp and first OTA, Chaz Schilens has the best chance to be that player.

Percentage of third down conversions on pass plays–The Raiders were 31st at 23.3 percent, ahead of only the Detroit Lions. The standard, not surprisingly, is the 47.7 percent figure by Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

As much as the Raiders talked about “staying on schedule” and keeping down and distance manageable, Russell is going to have to stick a bigger number of third down throws for Oakland to have any hope of being a successful offense.

Yards after catch for receivers– Well thrown-balls mean receivers catch the ball in stride and in a position to do some damage. Ideally, Darren McFadden would rank among the NFL leaders in this category, since running backs are often among the leaders.

Russell has had consistency issues on these throws, both last season and this offseason.

Pass plays of 25 or more yards–The Raiders were 23rd last season with 20. With the help of passing game coordinator Ted Tollner, coach Tom Cable has restructured the Oakland passing game to include deeper routes which play to Russell’s strengths.

If Russell has a bread-and-butter pass at this point, it’s the slant, which he can throw both medium and long-range. A chemistry with rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Media availability for the OTA will be Wednesday . . .

Youth camp

Having stopped in at the Raiders youth skills camp in the past for an interview a time or two, it’s worth a look of you live in the area and have a child who likes to play football.

Sometimes it’s tough to tell who is having more fun _ the kids or the participating players (usually rookies or players who live locally) who are conducting the drills.

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  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    Dude Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Frantz Joseph will not make the roster. All reports on the guy say the same thing: SLOW. Nice knowing you Frantz.
    ——————————————————–

    Actually, playing inside you do not need to have blinding speed. They don’t call Ray Lewis “Lightning”. You need instincts and smarts. The Raiders drafted Greg Biekert out of Colorado in the 7th round I believe, and if you remember a game in the RCA dome in Indianapolis, Manning and the Colts were KILLING US, Biekert made all the play call adjustments in the 2nd half, completely outsmarted Peyton, and we won that game. And Biekert actually was the one who pounced on Brady’s fumble in “The Snow Job” if I remember correctly.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    DHB, sidelined….

    woaw, great pick, huh? :/

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dakota,

    I love the Mitchell pick, and I like DHB.
    DHB is better than any WR in next year’s draft. IMHO
    There are 2 great Ss in next year’s draft, Mays, !??( I forgot his name).
    It’s full good talent on both lines. This draft was good for OTs WRs and Ss.Again IMO

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # Dude Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Anyone who ISNT worried about Jamarcus Russell is a 100% complete moron. If he fails the whole franchise is hamstrung for years. What a stupid comment to make.
    —————————————————

    Dud, if there is one person who posts on this blog who doesn’t know what the fook he is talking about, other than mistabrown, it is you. Imbecile.

  • RaiderRockstar

    All reports on the guy say the same thing: SLOW. Nice knowing you: Duder

    our “upgraded” o-line makes our craptastic defense look like the 85 Bears.

    ***

    LOL !

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dude,

    Not a single game!!!

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    the only one slow around here is Dud.

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

    I’m too worried about the Lakers to fret about the sheeety Raiders right now :(

    I can’t get any work done!!!!

    I am obsessing.

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    Dude Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Oh, yeah, I am the imbecile.
    ————————————-

    Dud, at least you admit you’re an imbecile. Now get me a coke.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Where is the Imbecile, I have a sword!!! ;)

  • Dude

    RaiderO,

    How are you forming your opinion that he is such a headhunter and that he will go from un drafted to on the field?

  • Dude

    Oak,

    Good comeback. Well crafted.

    ” Im not worried about Russell” LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bobertsIV

    Hey all you imbeciles back off my boy the Dude. He is the only one that calls it as he see’s it Jfattyrussel is a bust Al is senile and wanna be rocker is delusional!! sounds all about right to me!! Hey Dude isnt cool I have my own laptop now we can double team these panies from the same room at the same time!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dude,

    The normal ignorant stuff that Raiders fans do. You know!! You tube, articles, interviews, etc… Ignorant stuff!!!

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # Dakota Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I’m too worried about the Lakers to fret about the sheeety Raiders right now :(

    I can’t get any work done!!!!

    I am obsessing.
    —————————————–

    You should be. Most of these series are going to be decided by one of the role or bench players. One thing no one seems to be talking about is Michail Pietrus. Pietrus was drafted into the NBA a few years back for one reason and one reason only: to guard Jelly Bean Bryant’s kid. And he started to emerge as an excellent player in the Eastern final. so either Odom or Luke Walton become All Stars in the next 24 hours, or Orlando is going to be real, real, tough.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?

    Worried about JaMarcus?? Every minute of Raiders thinking.

    Not worried about the physical abilities…but, has Garcia lit the fire under Russell’s a$$? Did Garcia need to light it, or is Russell motivated enough?

    And, when will Party JaMarcus — a real professional athlete — learn that light beer isn’t nearly as damaging to his svelt waistline as those fu-fu drinks he favors?

  • http://atm Raider O

    By the way, I never said he will start, but that he will make the 53 man roster.

  • Dude

    I dont think Russell is a bust. I dont think he does the things neccesary NOT to be a bust but its early. I personally believe he will not be a quality NFL qb but I will wait a year or two to completely write him off. On the other hand, saying your not worried about the kid is just rediculous. He means too much to the franchise not to be worried.

  • OAKlifer

    ****BREAKING NEWS*****
    Hey Dude isnt cool I have my own laptop now we can double team these panies from the same room.
    *************************************************
    ROF LMFAO!!!!!! LOL LOL

    Double team these panies from the same room…LOL LOL he must be talking bout MR and thier creepy uncle all three of them stay with!!! LOL double team!! LOL from behind ??? reacharound??? LOL LMFAO!!!!

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

    Thanks a lot Oakglenn…I thought worrying about Howard, Turk, Lewis and maybe even Nelson was enough, but noooooo, you have to add in another guy!!!

    SON OF A BIOTCH I CAN’T TAKE IT!!!!

  • Dude

    Did I say you said he would start??
    You saying that you tube is a good way to scout a guy?

  • http://atm Raider O

    1120,

    LMFAO

  • http://justwinbaby! 909RaiderLifer

    In other news:

    Was nice to see Schlereth’s kid get lit up by the Dohyers last night.

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

    Pietrus sucks. He cant guard Kobe, no one can. The Lakers will roll in this series. Orlando cant score with the Lakers and the Lakers have more than one good player for them to worry about unlike the Cavs. No need to worry, Lakers in at the most 5.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dude,

    No, but it helps when you can see what the guy can do on the field. Then you hear him in interviews, and you read articles about him. That helps you to form an opinion, but it doesn’t meant it’s right. Just an opinion, and you know what they say about opinions!!!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    I wonder if Russell is calling any audibles yet…

    —————-
    I think I’ll have the jelly donut instead of the cake.

  • Dude

    Raider0,

    I sure do. Guess I will just go with the odds and say an undrafted guy wont make the club and that he wasnt drafted for a reason.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dude,

    I heard of selective hearing, but not selective reading!!!
    I said Youtube, ARTICLES, and INTERVIEWS!!!

    Selective Reading!!! ;)

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Raider O Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    Where is the Imbecile, I have a sword!!!

    ————
    He said Imbecile, O not infidel!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dude,

    Ya, I never heard of Undrafted guy playing in the NFL!!!
    Frantz Joseph will be the 1st!!!!

  • CantstandtheHaters

    have you guys checked out the Raiders-twitter page yet? they got some nice quotes from the players out of the OTAs….

    http://twitter.com/oakraiders

    Lorenzo Neal: The Raiders are back. Commitment to dedication and excellence. Everybody follow the Raiders, we’re coming this year.”

    Michael Bush: “We’re out here working hard, trying to get ready for the season and getting in shape. We’re looking forward to the season.”

    Post-Practice, TE Zach Miller: “I started working my way back in, I feel good. Next week I’ll start doing everything.

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

    Hey, anyone see Will Ferrell on Man v. Wild last night? Jumped out of a chopper, rappelled down cliffs, ate a caribou eye socket…very impressive…made snow sho3s…hung to a ladder attached to a chopper…

  • Dude

    You know what “odds” means Raider0??

  • OAKlifer

    CantstandtheHaters Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    have you guys checked out the Raiders-twitter page yet? they got some nice quotes from the players out of the OTAs….

    Good work brother! thanks, its cool to hear Neal sayin stuff like that!!!!!!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    man this blog is entertaining today hope ol bobby boy is still around!!!

    He’s busy hooking up his IV.

  • RaiderRockstar

    OAKlifer: did Bobby just call you an internet wankster?

    LOL @ post #1120 btw

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Dude Says:
    You know what “odds” means Raider0??

    ———
    We know you’re ODD!
    Yo’re being very undude.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I just want to say, it was nice knowing you guys!!

    Let me go, I don’t want go to Cuba!!! What do you mean I have family there!!!

    Help!!!

    Obama!!!

  • HayesDaze37

    Uh-oh, the mod’s got me. C’mon JMac, it wasn’t that bad.

  • http://atm Raider O

    New post

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

    have you guys checked out the Raiders-twitter page yet? they got some nice quotes from the players and coaches out of the OTAs….

    http://twitter.com/oakraiders

    Darren McFadden: Just give me the ball and get out da way. Forget Russell, I’m our only hope.”

    Jamarcus Russell: “Can I eat yet? Hey Javon, we cool for Vegas on Friday? I’ll bring the Kristal, you bring the kevlar”

    Post-Practice, Coach Tom Cable: “We’re good, I mean all we have to do is push through that door. I think this is a great group of guys and I can’t wait for us to be called geniuses when Crabtree, I mean Devin Howard-May wins rookie of the year. Welcome to McDonalds, can I take your order?”

    Post-Practice, Managing General Parter, Al Davis: Ken Stabler ain’t walkin through that door…and I know for a fact Jim Otto ain’t either.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Lorenzo Neal: The Raiders are back. Commitment to dedication and excellence. Everybody follow the Raiders, we’re coming this year.”

    Michael Bush: “We’re out here working hard, trying to get ready for the season and getting in shape. We’re looking forward to the season.”

    Post-Practice, TE Zach Miller: “I started working my way back in, I feel good. Next week I’ll start doing everything.

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

    Post-Practice, XL Bo Schembechler Jackson: “It was a really good workout today at Jerry’s blog. No injuries, inspired commentary, and man the team speed is just amazing! Our unit is really starting to gel now that we got rid of a few underperformers.”

  • OAKlifer

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 1:10 pm
    OAKlifer: did Bobby just call you an internet wankster?

    LOL @ post #1120 btw

    ********************************
    I think he did but his incoherrant rambling is getting worse and harder to under stand(is this spanish post of the day) now I think he’s lying about knowin Duder man this guy needs help!!! but very entertaining tho!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raider O post #1147: don’t worry. any other nation can do as it pleases, especially Cuba. Obama shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. All those terrorists and criminals are free

    if the troops captured Osama bin Laden and brought him to Obama, he’d probably shake his hand and say “let’s let bygones be bygones” promise not to do it again?

    spineless coward.

  • 4evaRaider

    Frantz Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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