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Mario has Russell’s back

News and notes from Saturday’s interview sessions:

If JaMarcus Russell is bothered by the growing national perception that he’s an underachiever and approaching bust status, he hides it well.

When Russell met with the media Friday, he talked about the demands of being a starting NFL quarterback and No. 1 overall pick and appeared to understand that some of the criticism would be over the top.

The heat Russell takes seemed to bother left tackle Mario Henderson more than it did Russell. Henderson, responsible for Russell’s blind side on the field, has his back off the field.

“I can be sitting at home watching TV and hear that, ‘JaMarcus hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that,” ” Henderson said. “People don’t know that he has made such great strides since coming into the league, it’s amazing.

“He came into camp late, he only played the last three or four games our rookie year, last year technically was his rookie year, so the strides he has made are amazing. He’s more of a vocal leader and it’s a great feeling to see how he has matured.”

Russell conceded to being a little heavy, but Henderson doesn’t see a problem in that area, either.

“He could have been one of those guys who said, ‘Everyone’s against me,’ he could have been one of the guys who didn’t work hard,” Henderson said. “Yet, he took all the negativity a nd what people are saying and made it a positive.

“He did a great job getting his weight down. JaMarcus is a big guy. Somebody sees JaMarcus and they say, ‘Yeah, JaMarcus looks like he’s out of shape.’ He’s 6-5, you know what I’m saying? He’s a big guy but he’s not (fat).”

Wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins sees a difference in the way Russell carries himself.

“He’s more vocal. He’s more animated. He’s more into reads,” Higgins said. “If he does something wrong, he’ll say `My bad.’ If you do something bad he’ll tell you. It’s more of a relationship.”

– Ricky Brown, the terminally mild-mannered linebacker who has a bit of an edge once he’s in the middle of things, surmises things may be a little different Monday after being asked why he hasn’t gotten into any scrapes.

“I am sure when shoulder pads come on something will happen,” Brown said. “Get those chemicals mixing around.”

– Although Brown as on the field with Thomas Howard and Jon Alston during one goal line sequence, he believes he and Kirk Morrison will eventually be middle linebackers on the eventual goal line unit.

– Cable continued to stress first- and second team designations mean little during the four days of dress rehearsals

“There’s really no competition like that going on,” Cable said. “So, that’s a good question again for next weekend.”

– It was all hush-hush a year ago when Lane Kiffin warned reporters not to let on that Darren McFadden was being used in the Wildcat formation, even though it was an open secret a handful of teams were doing it and that McFadden had done it at Arkansas.

So we can probably assume there will be some Wildcat this year, but it hasn’t been shown yet.

“I think there’s a whole package of that you can do,” Cable said. “Right now what I want to do is just get our base installation in and then the situations taught, which is where we’re at right now, and then from there, that’s down the road. That’s kind of extra.”

Another solid theory _ layer in the fundamental plays and offense before getting clever.

Will check in with a brief post following the second practice . . .

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  • lefty12

    go Raiders!!

  • AZ Raider

    kIRKS TWITTER 1 HOUR AGO:

    This learning process we are doing this camp is good for us. Everybody is on the same page and understanding what’s at hand. Nap time til 3.

  • WESTRAIDER

    yes the return of [DHB] james jett…………….

  • lefty12

    do you want him do be another Jett,or would you rather have a larger C.Branch.

  • AZ Raider

    That’s what I’m talking about Mario! You da man! No, sorry DMAC is da man, but you aight too!

    I like that Russell is noticably more of a leader in the eyes of teamates.

    You can say you heard it from AZ first.

    JAVON WALKER COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR!

    9-7!

    DRINK IT!

  • WESTRAIDER

    he will be jett. bigger c branch?

  • SNB Defense

    Wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins sees a difference in the way Russell carries himself.

    “He’s more vocal. He’s more animated. He’s more into reads,” Higgins said. “If he does something wrong, he’ll say `My bad.’ If you do something bad he’ll tell you. It’s more of a relationship.”
    =======================================================
    This is called a young QB maturing and developing into the position. He clearly received better coaching and was able to learn from his ON THE FIELD experience last year.

    Anyone…and I mean ANYONE…saying Russell is a bust or other negatives…really doesn’t have any idea how football works and how young players develop in it.

    I guess if JaMarcus spent more time on ESPN and Sirius Radio…he’d get more love from the media.

    What a joke!

    Keep going JaMarcus! Give’m Hell

  • WESTRAIDER

    WILDHOG not the wildcat!

  • AZ Raider

    WESTRAIDER Says:
    August 1st, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    yes the return of [DHB] james jett…………….
    ……………………………………………..

    We’ve all heard that one before and not buying it… We’re all koo-aid drinkers in here, so keep it positive West ;)

    9-7!

    You heard it from AZ first!

    DRINK IT!

  • lefty12

    AZ-that would be soooooo sweet.we have to hope it happens because he is a RAIDER!

  • AZ Raider

    Hell ya SnB, thats what we’re talkin about in here!

    9-7!

    You heard it from AZ first!

    DRINK IT!

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    there is a lot of kool aid drinkers around here. i personally think that 7-9 will be our record and will be very pleased with that end result.

  • AZ Raider

    You can say you heard it from AZ FIRST!

    9-7!

    J. Walker COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR!

    DRINK IT!

  • lefty12

    SNB-if he wore a different uniform he would be treated totally different.
    west,yes,a larger Branch.you do know who Cliff Branch was don’t you?

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    our patch work o line has us at an disadvantage. and the porous d line is a joke. T SANDS. E Monroe was on the board and we take the fastest ball dropper in the game. E Monroe and L Murphy in the 4th would of been an exellent draft.

  • lefty12

    Later AZ,SNB,i’m out.

  • AZ Raider

    later lefty…

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    Hopefully Mario Henderson can protect Jruss’s blind side and Shillens produces at WR. I say 850 yards and 6 TDs and we have a nice productive WR. J Higgins in the slot with 60-70 Receptions and 700-750 Yrds and 9TDs wins us the division. DHB 500 yds and 5 TDs with 50 Receptions and more ocassionnal drops here and there.

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    DHB= J Rice. dropped the ball his rookie year to many times.

  • SNB Defense

    lefty12 Says:
    August 1st, 2009 at 3:01 pm
    SNB-if he wore a different uniform he would be treated totally different.
    =======================================================
    Or yucked it up with the media and did interviews and commercials all day. The guy doesn’t need to hear himself talk. Look at how Russell and Garcia have each conducted themselves the last couple of months.

    No one talks about the fact that Russell is at the facility pretty much year round….No they poke holes at him because he goes and sees to his mother after a surgery or a family member passes away….then these same shills talk about him missing a weight lifting sesssion.

    Russell doesn’t come from the central casting description of a QB. He’s not a media guy, he’s not yelling and screaming and all that B.S…and he’s not doing commercials for EAS, ESPYs, G.Q, or Reebok.

    Good for him. Perhaps he feels that he’ll do the commercial and media stuff AFTER he wins something.

    Russell is leading this team in ways the media and fans can’t appreciate.

    He will have a good year this year. If Garcia wants to keep popping off…perhaps he should move the family to Minnesota!

  • AZ Raider

    I’d say that’s not a bad rookie year for DHB if he scores 5TD’s and 5-600 yards recieving. Sheeeiiii, he was still raw in college. I knew if we drafted him he’d be a 2-3 year project, but damn….. With some coaching, and the physical gifts he has, whoooooee! Big Time! Chad Johnson-like Reciever, without the tude and a wee bit faster ;)

    9-7!

    Yup, AZ said it first!

    DRINK IT!

  • AZ Raider

    Na, I’m not hatin on Chads tude… He’s not nasty or anything, he’s just a different bird.

    Got love for ya Chad, pay no mind, but in week 11? Oh, you know, Nnamdi and Chris gonna shut you down though…

  • ppleschamp030

    if russells weight is such a problem, then way havent any reporters or espn even talked about it. you know the media a soon as you do something wrong they cant wait to bit on it. i find that odd. people here talk aobut it but not the media. seems odd.

  • Twocents

    If I drink anymore, I’m going to need an intervention.

    I’m thinking 10-6.

    Pass the bottle.

  • AZ Raider

    Everyone is told to show up to camp at a certain wieght… If he didn’t make weight, we would have heard about it. I’ll worry about it when Cable says something.

    I’d worry about Thomas Howard LOL… Here is his last from his twitter page:

    “Man I just put away 2 beefy hamburgers with cheese, tomatoes, lettuces, mustard, and ketchup. I’m full and ready for a nap.”

    about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter

  • AZ Raider

    There are Raiders Annonomous meetings in here all day long. Speak you mind fellow Raideralic!

    9-7!

    JAVON WALKER COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR!

    You can say you heard it from AZ first!

    DRINK IT!

  • WESTRAIDER

    i know who C.BRANCH is i meant u think dhb is a larger version of him. really

  • WESTRAIDER

    it is all the same every year at the start we gonna do this we gonna do that. dont set your hopes so high cuz it is gonna hurt when u fall. i love the RAIDERS i will belive it when i see it on the field.

  • Mal Davis

    Andrew Walter’s last words as a Raider: Free at last. Free at last. Lord God almighty, we’re free at last!

  • Mal Davis

    Maybe J.L. Higgins and DHB can have a pass dropping contest this summer camp. My money’s on DHB.

  • 17 Bob Trey O

    Maybe the slow pace for the first few practices are worth it-
    MANKATO, Minn. (AP)—Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson(notes) sprained the MCL in his left knee after getting tangled with a defensive lineman in practice on Saturday, according to a person with knowledge of the injury.

  • SOLOMON

    RAIDERS ARE THE GREATEST TRAM EVER ANYONE WHO DISAGREES IS AN ENEMY WHO WILL BE DEFEATED AND DESTROYED LOVE YOUR TEAM IF NOT ROOT FOR THE PATRIOTS THERE THE NFL’S FAVORITE YOU COULD TALK SHIT TO EVERYBODY ELSE THEN AND WHEN WE ARE GOOD ROOT FOR THE RAIDERS AGAIN. DON’T SAY YOUR BEING REALISTIC IF YOU DONT SEE THAT WE ARE BRINGING THE GREATNESS BACK WITH ALL THIS YOUNG TALENT AND THEN MOLDING IT TOGETHER. ESPN ATES ON THE RAIDERS ENOUGH I WOULD THIN THAT THE FANS SHOULD SUPPORT ANY FAN WHO TALKS SHIT ABOUT DHB OR MM FIND THEM, OUT TRY TO PLAY EM. YOU WOULD GET SMASHED SO SHUT YOUR FAT STPID MOUTHS AND ROOT FOR THE KIDS CUZ THATS WHAT THEY ARE AND HOPE WE RETURN TO GLORY. RAIDERS BITHCHES 9-7 AZ SAID IT FIRST!

  • SOLOMON

    RAIDERS ARE THE GREATEST TEAM EVER SORRY TO MANY BEERS AFTER WORK

  • http://contracostatimes blazekush213

    if u expect chazz, miller, mcf, to receive 40+ balls, then expect dhb to catch 15-20 balls 1-2 td’s at best.

  • 24

    You guys are nuts. We’ve been saying 9-7 or 10-6 for 6 years. How about 6-10 until we prove that we can be a 9-7 team?

    JR..Question mark.
    McFadden..Question Mark
    Any WR..Question Mark
    Offensive Line..Question mark

    Defense..Question Mark

    With all these question marks, how can anyone expect playoffs until they prove they can actually do it? Is this team filled with talent? Absolutely but that doesn’t always translate onto the field.

  • http://contracostatimes blazekush213

    if we run the tihs out the ball and play fundamental 4 quarters d then we got something.

  • http://www.Raiders.com DarthPirate

    Can’t wait until the hitting starts on Monday.

  • http://contracostatimes blazekush213

    its true 24, till we get wins then we can’t expect much.

  • http://contracostatimes blazekush213

    the passing game and obviously the o-line will be a big factor once again.any improvement there will be huge.

  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    Lefty,

    I don’t like him, and my reason aren’t phony!
    phony!!!!

    4/5 knee surgeries is Phony?!
    Wanted to retire, was that Phony?!
    Starts the season on PUP, is that phony too?!

  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    Lefty,

    I like you bro, but I don’t like Yavone. Get over it!! lol

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/2fb4.jpg 408RAIDER( FREE DIRTY)

    sup NATION?

    cant wait 4 the hitting to start… 2 weeks till preseason.. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go RAIDERS!!

  • armond

    raider o how is 4-5 knee surgeries phony? al davis yalked him out of retirement so blame al for that. the raiders put him on the pup list not javon. he also offered to give back 11 mill when wanted to retire but i gues u forgot that.

  • Brien The General 510

    408 in the houuuuuuuuuuuuussssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/2fb4.jpg 408RAIDER( FREE DIRTY)

    sup brien.. where the party at???

  • Brien The General 510

    man bruh i cant even tell ya for tonite. im bout to do a solo bolo mission yaddamean? i know the party start aug 13th in Oakland though!

  • Brien The General 510

    Armond you know a guy like me gotta do what he has gotta do. This site was garbage without me and a few others. Jerry wants pu$$y ass blog chat with pu$$y ass questions in live chat. Raiders are for real men not punks.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/2fb4.jpg 408RAIDER( FREE DIRTY)

    thats what im talkin bout… Hey is narco bob ok?? 1 of his haters was sayin he died

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/2fb4.jpg 408RAIDER( FREE DIRTY)

    yo I got banned 4 callin jerry l@zy… WTF is up with that???

  • Brien The General 510

    anyhow im gone. purple and colt 45 time