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Walker ascends, DHB struggles

Quick hits from the final practice of the “learning phase” of Raiders training camp:

– What went on in the workout area Sunday evening was more interesting than anything that was taking place on the field.

Wide receiver Javon Walker, who two days before talked talked with unbridled optimism about his health and claimed to be in the prime of his career, looked to be at least something approaching that as he put on a show with a member of the Raiders athletic training staff.

Walker ran at what looked to be full speed with an effortless glide. He ran short and intermediate patterns, at one point reaching back on a short crossing route and snatching a pass with his left hand without slowing down.

He ran patterns 25 to 30-yard downfield, reaching out and catching the ball at his highest point with good acceleration. Walker dropped exactly one pass that I saw during a drill in which he ran directly forward at the passer on a controlled run.

After the pass-catching was done, Walker was jumping over a series of obstacles set in his path with explosive leaps, showing no sign of a limp. He then jumped and twisted over each obstacle, a drill which would surely cause some pain to a defective knee.

Instead, Walker appeared buoyant as his session concluded, taking off on a run to join his teammates on the field for the end of practice.

When it comes to Walker, I’ve been one of the biggest skeptics since the moment he signed during free agency last year. Now I’m curious and cautiously optimistic.

If the Raiders suddenly have a physical veteran receiver who could get 50-plus catches, 800-plus yards and get in the end zone, it’s a huge bonus. And frankly, a bargain, considering he renegotiated his contact downward to $4.6 million over the next two years.

From free agent bust to Comeback Player of the Year?

Not so fast, but Walker’s progress is suddenly a story worth watching closely. Walker said as camp opened he thought he’d be out two weeks.

Depending on how he feels, the Raiders might consider moving that up and could always keep Walker out of padded practices and easing him in to no-contact sessions.

– Meanwhile, rookie No. 7 overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey struggled to catch the ball, at one point leaving three catchable passes on the ground, one time punting a drop into the air in frustration. Keep in mind none of these plays came against defenders. That won’t happen until Monday’s first padded practice at 3:30 p.m.

Heyward-Bey gave his Rickey Dudley impression in the presence of Al Davis, who was driven over in a golf cart to talk to Heyward-Bey afterward. Also present was wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Rest assured, the more Heyward-Bey struggles, the more Lal will be held responsible.

Heyward-Bey had looked more fluid and sure-handed in the morning session.

– Heyward-Bey wasn’t alone. Will Franklin has struggled catching the ball, and even sure-handed Darren McFadden had a deep throw from Russell fall to the ground.

– Also getting an audience with Davis following practice were linemen Greg Ellis, Trevor Scott and Jay Richardson, with Ellis sticking around for an extended conversation.

– While waiting to see if Davis had anything to say to the media regarding Derrick Burgess or anything else (he didn’t _ reporters were ushered out before he left the practice area) coach Tom Cable walked past and said, “Why don’t you guys go out and have some fun. Or come and watch some film _ your choice.”

I’m going to assume he was kidding about the film.

I’m passing on the morning walkthrough and will file again following the padded practice. I’ll file occasional updates on my Twitter page.

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  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    AZ,

    He is SOMETHNG! He is the Shadow King!!

    And I,

    I’m the Lizard King, and I can do anything!!

    lol

  • Beeecham

    This is great – all of my little friends are visiting the blog today! I’m especially excited to see my old pal Brian back in, that silly little tease has been away for far too long!

    And look, it’s that old fool Oakcrapper, high school friend of Krappy and part of the loose bowel awesome old dude team (LBAODT)! I bet you dummies are ready for some sweet training camp action, huh?

    And even more exciting is the appearance of the Lady Raccoon, who has found time out from her job at the salon to cut and paste a lame article onto the blog. You go girl!

    This is going to be the best Raider season ever!

  • Narco_Bob

    pills are kickin in this is too much……this used to be a respectable blog!!!! of to the beach narco and cold beer makes me wish I could surf!!!

  • cantstandtheHATERS

    how bout’ Micha”El MITCH”ell?

    EL MITCH!!! EL DRRTY MITCH!!!

  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    Raccoon,

    LMAO

  • http://Biggaydicks.com Treyrockstar

    Bob, bobster or whatever you tend to call yourself, just 2 words 4 u “lick em”
    beeechem hey!,
    does anyone know what happend to Brien white kok?

  • Narco_Bob

    beecham,

    one of my ol time greats me and you are the only ones left buddy!!!! we are the last ones standing all the other’a are FAKES PHONEY FRAUD PIUKES!!! kinda like Jamarcus!!!!

  • http://IBABUZZ.com Dirty Raccoon

    El Dirty, Not sure what you mean. Why don’t you come to Sout Sac, and we can discuss? I’ll bring my video camera so I can show the NATION.

  • http://Biggaydicks.com Treyrockstar

    Sorry to bring it up again but did any1 see that Adrian peterson commercial yet?

  • no more infield…

    is there any one here is actually is not gay besides me? what is up with all the gay crap? has this become a gay raider fan site? bring back rgistration and clean out the closet gays…Jerry

  • no more infield…

    joke board

  • bobertsIV

    listen up treywingnutfag,

    you and narco better run along we all know you beechnut, brien, MR, and the rest of the welfare group share a computer in ur moms basement!!!! never thought Id miss SF lifer and his mongosse wannabe but these new guys really suck!!!!!

  • King Jr.

    When did CNN turn into BET? It isn’t even black history month and they have nothing on but black whiner stories every night.

  • no more infield…

    on a bright note; The “A’s” wont be making the post season which means the horrid dirt infield will be gane a few weeks after the season opens. seriously that is one ugly field when that thing is there. looks like something out of “leatherheads”

  • Dakota

    This place is going downhill fast…

  • SNB Defense

    Dakota Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 10:40 am
    Mike Kimbo Slice Mitchell?
    =======================================================
    LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    never thought Id miss SF lifer and his mongosse wannabe

    ***

    hey Bobby. missed you too bro. have a nice weekend?

    What do you think about Danny Southwick staying on board as an intern?

    whats the scoop from your “insider” janitor boyfriend?

  • OAKlifer

    WOW I had left for just a few and come back into this Jerry what has happened??????
    *************************************
    is there any one here is actually is not gay besides me? what is up with all the gay crap? has this become a gay raider fan site? bring back rgistration and clean out the closet gays…Jerry

    ****************************************

    Im here, O is cool, Double R is on lunch, AZ is akoolaid pimp, lyn, raccon, Dakota…

    there are a few of us left!!!

    PLAYOFFBOUND!!!!!

  • http://www.snotmerch.com Lynn From Snot

    NFL Network now a part of comcast digital package, wow.

  • OAKlifer

    Dakota Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 10:57 am
    This place is going downhill fast…

    *********************8

    Dnt leave we need to stand our ground and over throw the shills!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com El Dirty

    raider rockrtar, yes this site is full of talking monkey’s, most the world just calls them Nigggers!

  • AZ Raider

    bydavidwhite .
    @bradymoser One reason we sound a lot alike is we’re watching the same thing confined to the same area. I’ll try to mix it up more.
    about 12 hours ago from web in reply to bradymoser

    DHB drops and Walker rocks. Raiders camp notes on the blog. http://bit.ly/QgiAK ?
    about 16 hours ago from web Three horns. Next up: pads and hitting at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
    about 17 hours ago from web If nothing else, that

    surgically repaired knee looks good to go, no matter where he got it done.
    about 17 hours ago from web Seriously, Javon is

    hopping over 3 pads on the ground then going up for the catch from a trainer … And catching passes.
    about 17 hours ago from web Doing more 2 minute drills

    with Cable calling out results. Got to the 1 and scored.
    about 17 hours ago from web

    Javon Walker looks awful good running routes, catching balls on the side in rehab.
    about 17 hours ago from mobile web In contrast,

    JaMarcus looked pretty sharp with the deep ball.
    about 18 hours ago from mobile web

    They go right back to DHB for a catch over the middle. FYI, groans from staff when DHB dropped. They notice.
    about 18 hours ago from mobile web

    Tons of deep throws so far. Al Davis is surely enjoying the view … ugh, DHB drops in front of Al.
    about 18 hours ago from mobile web

    Russell deep to DHB for a perfectly timed timing pass. Makes up for a few earlier drops.
    about 18 hours ago from mobile web

    ……………………………………………….

    Looks like David is keeping up his Twitter page better than Jerry today and yesterday…

  • RaiderRockstar

    anybody notice how #36 isn’t taken on the Raiders roster?

    Mike Mitchell will change from #34 to #36 and his nickname will be “Gibson” after training camp …

  • bobertsIV

    Hey wannabe,

    Wow never thought we would be talkin realtime but damn these fools are worse than I am!!!! Who wants to pretend to be someone else?!?!?!

    Weekend was good popped afew extra had some friends in town!!

    Not sure yet bout Eastwick he is a J3w or a wittness or something aint he????

    Keep laughing bout my insider as soon as you hear bout the trade you will SHEET ur draws!!!!!

  • http://Biggaydicks.com Treyrockstar

    You hate gay people or something? I bet if you saw that Adrian Peterson commercial you would end up hating yourself

  • Beeecham

    Oakcrapper, it’s cool that you’re keeping track of the young bloggers and their schedules, but really you should be much more worried about the giant dump you just took in your pants.

    I mean, how in the world can you worry about the playoffs when your adult diapers are about to burst? Krappy is one foolish old goat, but at least he has the good sense to have his wife hose him down in the backyard when he has his “accidents”.

  • http://raiders.com RaiderTW

    IronMike
    Ironman Mike
    F^ck Ditka!~

  • WESTRAIDER

    lol 323 thats the truth

  • AZ Raider

    Kool-aid pimp? I like that sh*t Oak!

    9-7!

    JAVON WALKER COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR!

    You can say you heard it from AZ first!

    DRINK IT!

    ;)

  • WESTRAIDER

    AZ Raider Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 am
    Treyrockstar Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 10:36 am
    Time for treys poll:
    WHICH OF JAMARCUS’ RECIEVERS WILL HAVE THE MOST RECEPTIONS THIS YEAR?
    1. Darrius heyward-bey
    2. Chaz schilens
    3. Jlh
    4. Javon walker
    5. The telephone when placing an order for some food
    ……………………………………………….
    5 FFFOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDD
    hint hint suprise cut ha ha lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    -JaMarcus looked pretty sharp with the deep ball

    -Russell deep to DHB for a perfectly timed timing pass.

    -They go right back to DHB for a catch over the middle.

    don’t think Heyward-Bey will be featured in this offense? come on guys. The Kool-Aid for Higgins & Schilens must be spiked!

  • http://raiders.com RaiderTW

    R A I D E R M E C C A
    X I I

    Is proud to welcome
    KENNY “THE SNAKE” STABLER
    to the “Party with the Legends”,
    held Saturday, September 12th
    at the Oakland Coliseum’s East Side Club.

    Entrance to the Party is included in
    the Raider Mecca XII 3-day package,
    as well as one included autograph!

  • http://Biggaydicks.com Treyrockstar

    El dirty. Your a no good racist son of a bitch

  • Dakota

    What about a nick-name for DHB?

    My vote: Darrius HeyICantCatch-Bey

  • RaiderRockstar

    Not sure yet bout Eastwick he is a J3w or a wittness or something aint he????

    ***

    Bobby: we’re waiting for clarification from BSJ, Danny’s uncle … please allow 15-30 business days

  • AZ Raider

    Schilens is da man…. I mean Darren is the man!

    But Schilens will get a #1 or #2 slot with Walker opposite and DHB and JLH splitting reps for the 3rd spot.

    DRINK IT ;)

  • WESTRAIDER

    DHB couldn’t catch a cold lmao great pick AL

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota,

    My vote: Darrius Hey Bey-Bey

    the redzone will now be called “the Bey area”

  • http://Biggaydicks.com Treyrockstar

    Bob, you ever beat off in the shower?

  • WESTRAIDER
  • AZ Raider

    Eeeaaahh! I like that RR!

    The Bey-area! That’s dope!

  • http://raiders.com RaiderTW

    Kassim Osgood’s hair is yellow. Well, maybe it’s gold. Corn? Saffron?
    The Chargers’ special teams ace/wannabe wide receiver took one look at teammate Shawne Merriman’s striking blue Mohawk as the team opened training camp and figured one-upmanship was necessary. Whoever mixed the dye probably had to turn away to avoid cornea burn.
    Osgood has gone blond, really, really blond, and don’t even bother asking if he’s having more fun.
    ————-
    Let these p^ssies color their hair they’ll look good sitting on the bench in their street clothes! lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    DHB spotted wearing a t-shirt that says “I heart stick’um” near Al Davis on the sideline during water break
    about 18 hours ago from mobile web

    -David White (twitter)

  • http://Biggaydicks.com Treyrockstar

    Darrius strahan?

    Treys bold prediction #3: seabass will have the BEST fg % in league history after DHB let’s him practice using his gap

  • no more infield…

    who said he can’t catch? Have any of you morons been to camp or seen him play. Thats what thought. save the dhb crap until we at least have a chance to see it for ourselves. you are taking the word of the biased media.

  • OAKlifer

    el dirty…

    Can somebody help me out?!?!?!?!??!?

    this has to be a shill I remember dirty on here and he was never this bad….Son you must not be from the TOWN you talkin like that I hope that aint you cuz!

    and you better hope we dnt eat @ the same rib joint I will gut you!!!! WATCH UR MOUTH PUNK!!!!!

    Happy days!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chad Johnson is Ocho Cinco

    Heyward-Bey is “doce”

  • http://IBABUZZ.com Dirty Raccoon

    How bout just BOOM?

    Madden would love it.

  • http://Biggaydicks.com Treyrockstar

    Oaklifer 

  • Dakota

    Yeah, those damned biased media…they keep reporting that we have lost 10 plus games every year for 6 years! I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t buy it! Friggin haters are full of it!