Saturday p.m. quick hits

Some quick hits from Saturday’s second practice:

— Got a good look at an extended passing session for the first time and was mostly impressed.

Other than one sequence near midfield where a few balls hit the ground, throws from JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye were sharper than anything I saw during the mandatory minicamp and OTA practices which were open to the media.

Not against live defenses yet, but progress.

— Chaz Schilens made a leaping catch along the left sideline on a pass from Frye that drew hoots and hollars from his teammates. Darrius Heyward-Bay ran a post-corner route to a cone placed 25 yards downfield on the sideline, caught the ball over his shoulder and tapped both feet inbounds.

Heyward-Bey was spent some time on his own with a member of the support staff, who was throwing him passes from behind with Heyward-Bey on his knees, looking forward, then looking back at the last instant attempting to make the catch.

— Jeff Garcia did no throwing that I saw in the second session and had only a handful of snaps in team sessions where throwing was not required.

— Two more “learning intensive” dress rehearsal practices today and a very brief walkthrough (not in uniform) Monday morning before the first padded practice at 3:30 p.m.

It appears full-contact pracitces will be held at 3:30 p.m. with morning walkthroughs. I’ll post the week’s schedule when I receive it.

— Two fans who live in a complex over an end zone fence watched practice, alternately sipping beers and using their cell phones to snap photos. In the past, fans have been asked to leave areas in the second story of the Marriott with a view so they don’t get a look.

— Tom Cable continues to warn not to read too much into first- and second teams, but it’s worth noting Jay Richardson has been a spectator much of the time. Ryan Boschetti, signed as a defensive tackle, was getting more work at end.

— Stanford Routt and Michael Huff got a lot of first-team work at the expense of Chris Johnson and Hiram Eugene.

— Oren O’Neal was wearing a baseball hat through much of Saturday’s sessions, making it questionable whether he’ll be part of the full-contact practice Monday.

— Little chance for injury in these workouts, but there was one brief scare when Gerard Warren went down for a for a few moments, only to rise and never miss a snap.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Florida Pete

    clearly, the rest of raider nation is sleeping it off…

    not me, though…

    i am ready for some raider football…

    even if it is just a dress rehearsal without pads…

  • cantstandtheHATERS

    padlevel, pete. the improved padlevel.

    these are some third downs from last year, and if we were that bad, how come a bills with marsh lynch pass on 3 and shorts? matter of fact rarely do you see a team run on us if its more then 3 and 1-2 yards to go, so im not even posting most of the 3rd and 4-5 plus yard plays.

    3-4-BUF 40 (6:32) (Shotgun) 5-T.Edwards pass incomplete short middle to 11-R.Parrish. Overthrown, receiver at OAK 48. Pressure on QB: D.Burgess.

    3-2-OAK 36 (1:08) 5-T.Edwards pass incomplete short right to 83-L.Evans. Thrown behind receiver at OAK 30.

    3-4-OAK 28 (12:22) (Shotgun) 23-M.Lynch right guard to OAK 27 for 1 yard (52-K.Morrison).

    3-5-BUF 9 (:30) (Shotgun) 5-T.Edwards pass short left to 23-M.Lynch to BUF 15 for 6 yards (58-K.Edwards). Dump pass, caught at BUF 5. (if Kirk M makes this tackle, we win…)

    3-2-OAK 44 (10:43) (Shotgun) 5-T.Edwards pass short right to 11-R.Parrish to OAK 32 for 12 yards (23-D.Hall). Caught in flat at OAK 33.

    or a strong rushing team such as the panthers..

    3-5-CAR 33 (2:32) (Shotgun) 17-J.Delhomme pass incomplete short right to 89-S.Smith (37-C.Johnson).

    3-3-CAR 30 (13:29) 17-J.Delhomme pass incomplete short right to 47-J.King

    3-4-CAR 28 (11:42) 17-J.Delhomme pass incomplete deep right to 18-D.Hackett.

    3-5-OAK 36 (7:32) 17-J.Delhomme sacked at OAK 44 for -8 yards (61-G.Warren).

    3-2-CAR 47 (12:19) 17-J.Delhomme pass incomplete short left to 87-M.Muhammad.

    3-2-CAR 35 (6:56) 45-B.Hoover up the middle to CAR 36 for 1 yard (98-J.Richardson).


    3-7-MIA 10 (11:31) PENALTY on OAK-91-T.Scott, Neutral Zone Infraction, 5 yards, enforced at MIA 10 – No Play.
    3-2-MIA 15 (11:26) 10-C.Pennington scrambles right end to MIA 22 for 7 yards.

    3-1-MIA 43 (8:28) 10-C.Pennington pass short right to 38-P.Cobbs to MIA 49 for 6 yards (28-Gi.Wilson).

    3-3-MIA 30 (13:31) (Shotgun) 10-C.Pennington pass incomplete short middle to 19-T.Ginn.

    3-3-MIA 44 (5:18) 10-C.Pennington pass short right to 38-P.Cobbs to MIA 45 for 1 yard (37-C.Johnson).

    kc queefs

    3-1-KC 34 (6:29) PENALTY on KC-75-H.Taylor, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at KC 34 – No Play.
    3-6-KC 29 (6:07) (Shotgun) 4-T.Thigpen pass short middle to 25-J.Charles pushed ob at KC 44 for 15 yards (27-R.Baker).

    3-3-OAK 38 (3:39) (Shotgun) 4-T.Thigpen pass short middle to 82-D.Bowe pushed ob at OAK 23 for 15 yards (27-R.Baker).

    3-1-KC 38 (1:27) 4-T.Thigpen up the middle to KC 40 for 2 yards (90-T.Sands). The Replay Assistant challenged the first down ruling, and the play was REVERSED. 4-T.Thigpen up the middle to KC 38 for no gain (90-T.Sands).

    3-5-KC 25 (9:52) (Shotgun) 25-J.Charles left end to KC 26 for 1 yard (58-K.Edwards, 53-T.Howard).

    3-2-OAK 44 (3:51) (Shotgun) 27-L.Johnson left end to OAK 41 for 3 yards (61-G.Warren).

    3-4-OAK 11 (14:29) (Shotgun) 4-T.Thigpen up the middle to OAK 2 for 9 yards (27-R.Baker, 21-N.Asomugha).

    3-5-OAK 6 (10:07) (Shotgun) PENALTY on KC-4-T.Thigpen, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at OAK 6 – No Play.

    3-4-KC 49 (6:20) (Shotgun) 4-T.Thigpen sacked at KC 43 for -6 yards (93-T.Kelly).

    3-3-KC 27 (2:43) (Shotgun) 4-T.Thigpen pass short left to 82-D.Bowe to KC 39 for 12 yards (31-H.Eugene; 52-K.Morrison)


    3-1-DEN 38 (1:38) 28-M.Pittman left tackle to DEN 39 for 1 yard (52-K.Morrison; 98-J.Richardson). Oakland challenged the first down ruling, and the play was REVERSED. 28-M.Pittman left tackle to DEN 38 for no gain (52-K.Morrison; 98-J.Richardson).

    3-1-OAK 48 (6:23) 6-J.Cutler pass short right to 19-E.Royal to OAK 37 for 11 yards (23-D.Hall). PENALTY on OAK-23-D.Hall, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at OAK 37.

    3-3-DEN 45 (:42) (Shotgun) 6-J.Cutler scrambles left end to DEN 46 for 1 yard (21-N.Asomugha). (this was a nice hit)

    denver the second

    3-4-OAK 34 (7:42) (Shotgun) 6-J.Cutler pass short right to 19-E.Royal to OAK 28 for 6 yards (37-C.Johnson).

    3-4-DEN 26 (1:16) (Shotgun) 6-J.Cutler pass short right to 14-B.Stokley to DEN 32 for 6 yards (26-S.Routt).

    3-4-OAK 29 (13:29) 22-P.Hillis up the middle to OAK 29 for no gain (56-D.Burgess, 90-T.Sands).

    3-2-OAK 41 (11:11) (Shotgun) 6-J.Cutler pass short right to 15-B.Marshall ran ob at OAK 30 for 11 yards [53-T.Howard]. PENALTY on OAK-53-T.Howard, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at OAK 30.


    3-2-HOU 37 (8:54) 20-S.Slaton up the middle to HOU 38 for 1 yard (28-Gi.Wilson).

    3-1-OAK 5 (1:24) 20-S.Slaton left tackle to OAK 6 for -1 yards (53-T.Howard, 52-K.Morrison).

    3-1-OAK 5 (8:17) 8-M.Schaub pass incomplete short middle to 83-K.Walter (37-C.Johnson).


    3-2-TB 18 (10:57) 24-C.Williams left end to TB 17 for -1 yards (61-G.Warren).
    3-5-TB 25 (9:54) (Shotgun) 7-J.Garcia pass deep left to 80-M.Clayton pushed ob at OAK 46 for 29 yards (27-R.Baker).

    3-1-TB 37 (13:45) 35-B.Askew up the middle to TB 37 for no gain (61-G.Warren

    3-4-TB 19 (4:50) 7-J.Garcia pass short right to 24-C.Williams to TB 25 for 6 yards (52-K.Morrison).

    3-4-OAK 33 (7:33) (Shotgun) 7-J.Garcia pass incomplete deep right to 81-A.Smith.

    3-5-OAK 45 (:16) (Shotgun) 7-J.Garcia sacked at OAK 47 for -2 yards (97-G.Gunheim).


    3-5-OAK 22 (11:49) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 4-B.Favre pass incomplete short middle to 16-B.Smith (23-D.Hall) [52-K.Morrison].

    3-3-OAK 12 (11:21) 4-B.Favre pass short right to 81-D.Keller pushed ob at OAK 6 for 6 yards (28-Gi.Wilson).

    3-3-OAK 3 (9:33) (Shotgun) PENALTY on NYJ-60-D.Ferguson, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at OAK 3 – No Play.
    3-8-OAK 8 (9:09) (Shotgun) 4-B.Favre pass short middle intended for 89-J.Cotchery INTERCEPTED by 28-Gi.Wilson at OAK -1. Touchback. Penalty on NYJ-89-J.Cotchery, Illegal Motion, declined.

    3-1-NYJ 45 (10:03) (Shotgun) 16-B.Smith left end to 50 for 5 yards (57-R.Brown).

    3-3-NYJ 48 (:26) (Shotgun) 4-B.Favre pass deep right to 16-B.Smith to OAK 34 for 18 yards (52-K.Morrison).

    3-5-NYJ 27 (13:35) (Shotgun) 4-B.Favre pass short middle to 83-C.Stuckey to NYJ 44 for 17 yards (24-M.Huff).

    3-5-NYJ 49 (12:07) (Shotgun) 4-B.Favre sacked at NYJ 41 for -8 yards (91-T.Scott).

    3-4-NYJ 16 (8:02) (Shotgun) 4-B.Favre pass incomplete deep left to 81-D.Keller (24-M.Huff).


    3-5-BAL 36 (9:47) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass short right to 86-T.Heap to BAL 42 for 6 yards (24-M.Huff).

    3-5-BAL 45 (4:18) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass incomplete deep middle to 23-W.McGahee.

    3-5-BAL 30 (7:37) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass deep left to 87-D.Williams for 70 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

    3-5-BAL 40 (12:03) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass incomplete short left to 87-D.Williams.


    3-1-OAK 46 (1:08) 2-M.Ryan pass incomplete deep right to 86-B.Finneran (23-D.Hall).

    3-3-OAK 24 (7:05) (Shotgun) 2-M.Ryan sacked at OAK 30 for -6 yards (91-T.Scott).

    3-2-OAK 27 (1:20) (Shotgun) 2-M.Ryan pass short middle to 32-J.Norwood to OAK 21 for 6 yards (52-K.Morrison).

    3-5- (2:24) (Shotgun) 2-M.Ryan pass short right to 84-R.White to OAK 39 for 11 yards (52-K.Morrison).

    there you have it. almost all of the games and the 3rd and 2-5 yard situations. like i said didnt even bother the 3rd and 6+ sits. sometimes teams even line up in a shotgun on 3rd and shrts.

    just sayin, with a little more leverage and disciplin we could improve with whats at hand. we have to get better in on the first two downs.

    if not, they will be moved next year, no matter how much they make. see deangelo and gibril. this team will get better and rather younger in the process.

    now, how do i get back 35-45 mins of my life…

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    now, how do i get back 35-45 mins of my lifeā€¦


  • Charlie

    Can’t Stand

    Impressive research.
    The only thing I would offer is that the Raiders have probably countered with eight in the box or run blitzes to try to compensate for short yardage downs because our lack of talent on the line.

    This is the problem with a weak Dline. You need to scheme all the time and eventually you will get out guessed (see LT racing down the field after catching a swing pass). You must be able to be respectable against the run and pressure the passer with your four down lineman.

    I love the teaching approach Cable is taking. We have new coaches, a new system and a relatively young team.
    I still am of the opinion that our Dline has some very weak players and they will be weeded out in this camp.