DHB drops in for practice


Let’s be fair about it. It wasn’t exactly an optimum situation to go out for your first pass as a rookie first-round draft pick with a reported $23.5 million guranteed in your back pocket.

All the other Raiders receivers had been going through warm-ups together, catching some passes, while Darrius Heyward-Bey got in a little late while his contract was finalized.

But the Raiders couldn’t resist taking their high-speed toy for a test drive, and after he was done being stretched by a trainer, Heyward-Bey took the field. He went vertical of course, lining up on the left side and streaking 35 yards downfield.

Quarterback Charlie Frye arched a somewhat wobbly pass his way. Heyward-Bey got his hands on it, then it clanked to the ground.

“Didn’t get no balls before I got out there,’’ Heyward-Bey said. “That’s not good. But coach was like, `Go out there.’ And after that play it was like, `Well, you didn’t get any balls. He was like, `OK, that was my fault.’ Just the first day, getting out there right after the warmup. Things happen.’’

Afterward, the Raiders went to team sessions where there were no passes thrown. Instead was a procession of quick whistles and choreography, making sure they were lined up correctly, making the right reads. Footwork was checked.

At one point, passing game coordinator Ted Tollner called Heyward-Bey over told him of a mistake in a pass route.

As usual, there is little drama when it comes to the Raiders and their draft picks. The Raiders remain among the NFL’s best when it comes to bringing in their draft picks, with the JaMarcus Russell impasse the only blemish.

“I was aware of that, and I felt like it was headed in the right direction and it would get done so I had some comfort with it, but at the same time I wanted all of them here at the first meeting. He is here now and we worked today and he will get right into the flow of things.’’

Heyward-Bey, who proclaimed his hamstring ready to go (he missed time during mandatory minicamp and the OTAs), said he didn’t want to wait around until the 49ers Michael Crabtree signed or get the proper slot between Nos. 6 (Andre Smith) and 8 (Eugene Monroe) .

“I’ve always been concerned with myself and only me from Day 1,’’ Heyward-Bey said. “ I really can’t worry about what everybody else is doing. We were focusing on being a Raider and that’s it.’’

More news and notes from the second practice:

— Moments after Heyward-Bey went to the field house to get his equipment on and join his teammates, Andrew Walter made his way off the practice field for the last time, having been given his freedom.

He had just received the news he had been hoping for and was looking forward to a “good vibe’’ and new employer.

“I’m very excited for a fresh start,’’ Walter said. “We’ll see what happens. The only thing different that I would have hoped for is that it would have happened earlier. Things haven’t changed since February and it occurred just now. The timing is something I can’t control.’’

The Raiders gave permission Walter to seek a trade in the offseason, but with clubs knowing to a reasonable certainty he would be cut eventually, there were no takers. Walter, the one-time quarterback of the future whose Raiders career will forever be linked to Tom Walsh, Art Shell and the “Bed and Breakfast’’ offense, should get a shot somewhere.

Seattle, where Greg Knapp is the offensive coordinator, is a possibility. So is Denver, where Josh McDaniels isn’t as much of a stickler for mobile quarterbacks as Mike Shanahan was.

— Guard Paul McQuistan, who had offseason knee surgery, sat out the second practice, as did fullback Oren O’Neal. Derrick Burgess remained a no-show.

Chris Morris worked with the first team at left guard, followed by Mark Wilson.

— Tommy Kelly left briefly to have his ankle worked on, but returned to practice and didn’t jump offsides.

— Cable made a point after the morning session to that it didn’t matter much until Monday who worked with the first and second teams.

Still, it was at least mildly interesting that Stanford Routt got more work with the first team defense than did Chris Johnson, who signed the stealth off-season contract with a $4 million signing bonus.

— There isn’t much time before the whistle to make a play, but on one snap Jon Alston knifed through and got his hands on Darren McFadden on a sweep to the left.

— Details continued to be a priority, with defensive coordinator John Marshall reminding Gerard Warren about where he lined up, “Don’t get in there too tight, Gerard,’’ Marshall said.

— The run defense isn’t the only area where the Raiders plan to tighten things up. The media is now restricted to a 30-yard box on each field. Instead of being able to walk from field to field around an end zone, as in past years, a Raiders employee must lead the way.

I’ll refrain from calling it an “escort service.’’

Makes for an almost impossible view in some cases when the team is near the 50-yard line and players are in the way.

At one point, the guide was forced to stop near a stack of pads used for drills. When two reporters sat down for a moment, the cell phone of the security guard rang almost instantly.

“You have to get up,’’ he said somewhat reluctantly.

— The Raiders became the sixth team to get all their draft picks signed, joining Baltimore, Chicago, the New York Jets, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

The Bears had no first-round pick and the Jets just three picks overall.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • NFLN is going to show all preseason games.

  • Dakota

    If Cable wins 8 games he should get coach of the year. And I will apologize profusely for doubting his coaching acumen!

  • I can’t wait to watch Mitchell, Branch, DHB, and Murphy.

  • Dakota

    Raider O Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 9:03 am
    NFLN is going to show all preseason games.


  • SNB Defense

    Raider O Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 9:06 am
    I can’t wait to watch Mitchell, Branch, DHB, and Murphy.
    Branch will be the major contributor of the group. The other young guys will be brought along slowly

  • DirtyBathWater

    The patriots are gonna sign mike vick!

  • No Derrick Burgess, but all other hands on deck.
    12 minutes ago from mobile web

    Welcome to morning practice, where DHB catches the first pass in drills.

    – David White tweets

  • AZ Raider

    10 things I hate about the NFL.

    1. 2008 week 1.
    2. 2008 week 3.
    3. 2008 week 4.
    4. 2008 week 6.
    5. 2008 week 8.
    6. 2008 week 9.
    7. 2008 week 10.
    8. 2008 week 11.
    9. 2008 week 13.
    10. 2008 week 14.

    bonus hatred = 2008 week 15

  • My rectum is a free agent too. Well not free, free for a bottle of wine and some pills. 🙂

  • M


    no doubt about it. The boys do need to get out of the gate quickly this year for their own self-confidence. show themselves that they are back to belonging in the hunt.
    a bounce of the ball their way, an anti-Walt Coleman call on occasion and who knows how much the kids can accomplish this year.

  • I think we have a 7-9 to a 9-7 team. We have a lot of Talent, but we are young, and we need time to develop a system that works for all. Also the coaching staff needs to work well together, and last more than one full season.

    Next year: if all works well, then we should win the Division.

  • BART Bridge Blues

    Finally, it sounds like the Derrick Burgess era is coming to an end in Oakland! We can also finally cross Andrew Walter off of the roster.

    DHB was a lame use of the #7 overall pick, lets all just admit that and move on. He will take at least 3 years (if ever) to develop with hands like that. I can live with the choice of DHB though, as I still don’t believe Crabtree is any better. I just wish they would have taken Monroe or Oher, sigh.

    That being said, I am very excited about all of our young guys from the previous two drafts: Miller is ridiculously good and only 23 years old. McFadden is 21, twenty-freaking-one and primed to tear up the NFL this season. Russell is only 23, as is Chaz Schilens, and Tyvon Branch our stud saftey is still only 22. This is the season they will all start gelling and growing up together, while building confidence in each other and themselves.

  • SNB,

    More than Mitchell?

  • SNB Defense

    Raider O Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 9:16 am

    More than Mitchell?
    The only rookie I can remember making an instant impact was Zach Miller.

    Unless Eugene or Huff are terrible (Branch is going to start 16gms) Mitchell will be a situational player and used mostly on special teams/

    The Raiders rookies just take time to develop. A combination of less playing time (philosophy) and learning a new system

  • AZ Raider


    What if we drafted DHB @ #22-25? Still don’t like the pick?

  • SNB Defense

    This team needs to come out of the gates no less than 2-2. 3-1 would be fantastic. But I am looking for 2-2 minimum

  • SNB Defense

    There is hope for you Southwick homers:

    Weird thing: QB Danny Southwick is here throwing in screen drills but not in uniform. Cut on Wednesday, is he on intern staff now?

    -David White Twitter

  • AZ Raider

    4-0 SNB!!! Drink it! It tastes great, I just made it! Have you ever seen silver kool-aid?

  • Free blow jobs at the marriott all next week!!! 🙂

  • BBB,

    Well said sir, except the part about DHB. lol

    I wanted Monroe too, and I didn’t think he was going to be available at 7.


    I think he will play if he learns quick. He was our 2nd RD pick.

  • Mistabrown

    Post 221 was not me. It was probably your left tit OakGlenn (king of the trolls). I’m not playing your game, you can play with yourself! I have better things to do.


    # preisttj Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Great pick MistaBrown, I’ll take Aaron Curry

    MistaBrown selects in the 1st rnd Mike Mitchell

    Preisttj selects Aaron Curry

    It’s on folks!!

    Your pick MistaBrown……..

  • AZ Raider

    Thanks Norco, but I gotta work… Can’t fly out to Cali for your mouth this time.

  • BART Bridge Blues

    #22-25 would have been a great spot to snag a long-term project like DHB, and it means we would have gotten some additional picks for our troubles. #7 overall? There are just too many doubts about his hands.

  • SNB,

    What about T Howard?

  • SNB Defense


    DHB is here now. Gotta roll with him and see what he can do. The guy was a reach for sure…but no worse a reach than Tyson Jackson at #3.

    The Raiders are a speed and finesse team. Not a smashmouth team. D-HB fits what Davis is trying to do.

    I don’t agree with it. But I understand it.

  • Same laws for Gorillas huh, O?

  • Michael

    Totally unrelated, but I’m trying to think of a good fantasy football team name that’s loosely Raiders related (last year I was None More Black). Any suggestions?

  • Raider O Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I think Walter may visit the Pats for a workout. They need another QB!

    I hate the Pats!!! Tuck Rule!! Cheaters!!




  • BBB,

    It was a Wobbly pass! lol

  • CJ Legend 34

    Derrick Burgess is either drinking to much or his agent is giving him bad advice. What does he think he is gaining by sitting out? We will not trade him unless there are other great deals to be made. So now he is just loosing money not to mention he just came off a bad year. Why do these guys think they can demand the bank after a hurt year! I don’t get it? He should be working his @$$ off with the guys able to tke his spot right now. I thought to much about this guy!

  • SNB Defense

    Raider O Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 9:26 am

    What about T Howard?
    There was no answer in front of him. Just like with Zach Miller…there was literaly no one to play in front of him with any talent.

    Hiram Eugene, Mike Huff, Tyvon Branch are all options.

  • TW,

    Only if they’re Talking Gorillas. lol

  • vegas raider Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 8:53 am
    I think God lives in books


    Very true!

    When I speak of God, it is in AWE of Mother Nature! When you are drunk, laying in the slushy half frozen mud stairing up at billions of stars in the sky, or out at canyons of the Sierra mountains, or watching a Mountain Lion stalk a new born Fawn. It is the WILD, the way we were ment to live! OFF THE LAND!! In the Bush!! yes both of them.

  • Michael Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 9:29 am
    Totally unrelated, but I’m trying to think of a good fantasy football team name that’s loosely Raiders related (last year I was None More Black). Any suggestions?

    Michael let me be the first to say… go fuk yer self.

    no more black is a very gaay name you must be gayyy also

    eat a dik mother fuker

  • SNB,

    That makes sense.
    I can still hope to see Mitchell and Branch. lol

    Bring back the days of Tatum & Atkinson!

  • Brien the General 510

    Branch needs to play FS and Mitchell SS before seasons end. Huff and Eugene suck

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    David White reports Southwick is throwing passes out of uniform. Umm

  • AZ Raider


    I bet the Raiders did talk trading down to get more picks but had no takers. If I’m an owner and the first availible guy on my board is Darrius Heyward-Bey, regardless of where you are drafting, you have to take the top guy availible on your board. The NYJ were really the only team who we might have had a trade option with, but they didnt want to wait till 7, thinking Sanchez might be gone if another team wanted him… My point is the draft is a crapshoot, and you just have to stick to your board, if your stuck in a spot or not…

    i like the pick, not because he was picked #7 or #25, but because it’s Darrius Heyward-Bey. Raw talent, but with coaching, the ideal WR for what the Raiders are trying to accomplish with there offensive scheme.

  • preisttj

    OK mista I’ll you off the hook, no biggy. You just don’t have it in you. I get it.

    Just one more thing MistaBrown since you’re scared just get the hell off my back then. If you can’t face me.

  • Now there’s a fanstasy football team name:
    eat a dik mother fuker

  • per David White:
    Welcome to morning practice, where DHB catches the first pass in drills.

    JaMarcus to DHB for first time in camp, complete over the middle … two plays in a row.

    Weird thing: QB Danny Southwick is here throwing in screen drills but not in uniform. Cut on Wednesday, is he on intern staff now?

    (All is not lost Southwick lovers!)

  • BHP

    What challenge did I miss and how do I get in on it?

  • Brien the General 510

    SnB, the team has to start 3 and 0. No excuses. We owe SD and both kc and den are awful

  • Brien the General 510

    damn what about the other wideouts? are they catching passes

  • Brien the General 510

    Fargas,Walker,and Green shall be cut

  • I’ve gotta think that Fargas has some trade value. Walker and Green are another story entirely.

    I still say cut Walker loose and bring in Amani Toomer.

  • BART Bridge Blues

    I hope that in three years or less DHB is the ideal WR for our offensive scheme, but for now he is just “raw talent”. I understand the rational for drafting DHB and I still prefer him to Lady Crabtree. But passing on Monroe and Oher when we have serious issues at Tackle and a very young QB is just plain wrong. DHB will do nothing for JR’s development.

  • SNB Defense Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 9:22 am
    There is hope for you Southwick homers:

    Weird thing: QB Danny Southwick is here throwing in screen drills but not in uniform. Cut on Wednesday, is he on intern staff now?

    -David White Twitter



  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    from Darren McFadden’s twitter McFadden20:
    “I’m roomin wit mbush”

  • SNB Defense


    San Diego is a good team. Hate saying that…but they are a good team who knows the Raiders really well.

    That’s a “show-me” game. Can the Raiders stop LT and Sproles….can they handle the screen passes…can the O-Line pass protect….and can they overcome the psychological effects of losing I don’t know how many in a row. Plus the track record on Monday Night openers.

    I agree with beating K.C and Denver. They fail to do that and I’ll probably check out early. Houston is very winnable…but this one will be on the road in good weather conditions.

    So I will expect no less than 2-2 with a great chance at 3-1…..4-0 would be a lot