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Practice will be a hit

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 11:40 am in Oakland Raiders.

About four hours to go until the Raiders put on the pads for the first time.

Coach Tom Cable’s unique approach of having eight “dress rehearsals” stressing fundamentals, alignment and footwork has given today’s session a heightened excitement level for not only the players, but the media as well.

You understand why Cable was doing it, but it didn’t make the sessions easy to watch.

Other than seeing some of the first individual battles of camp and getting an idea of the depth chart, we’ll also get an initial idea of how the approach paid off. If all goes according to plan, there will be none of the confusion in between snaps on offense and defense that has marked camps of years past, in particularly the Art Shell camp of 2006. In theory, it should be crisp and well executed. There are no excuses for not knowing where to line up.

Other thoughts:

– In the limited amount of passing drills we’ve seen _ against no defenders _ JaMarcus Russell has thrown the ball much better than he did in the mandatory minicamp and OTAs. Will that carry over against live defenders? He’s carrying himself like it’s his team, and that’s a good thing. The next step is playing like it consistently.

– Chaz Schilens has been easily the most impressive receiver so far, and the guess here is he’ll continue that way.

– What’s up with Jay Richardson? Cable says not to read too much into the rotations during the “learning phase,” but Richardson was getting almost no work with the irst team and sometimes not with the second team.

– How will Darrius Heyward-Bey bounce back from a rough second practice Sunday? It’s only one practice, and it’s way too early to where he’s at. I seem to remember Cliff Branch dropping everything in sight when he first arrived and that worked out fine. Same with Jerry Rice. Same with Rickey Dudley. Impossible to know where Heyward-Bey is headed.

– Will Mike Mitchell load up and hit somebody? I remember Eric “Crazy” Johnson getting overexcited in his first practice and crushing Dudley. Cable doesn’t want to see any of that from Mitchell, but you’ve got to think the rookie wants to show why he was drafted in the second round.

– Will Oren O’Neal suit up and hit somebody, or will the Raiders wait awhile longer?

– Derrick Burgess won’t be there, and that’s a big error on his part. The problem with being out of camp is he is driving his own value down because know one knows if he can still play. Word would get out if he was in Napa and showing a good burst. And Al Davis isn’t going to give him away.

Adam Schefter’s “tweet” that the Raiders are looking for third and fourth round picks sounds acceptable, but you don’t dump him for anything less than that.

– Former Raiders’ exec Mike Lombardi had some thoughts on Raiders coach Tom Cable and working for Al Davis in his column in the National Football Post.

I’ll check in via Twitter when I get to Napa and have a post-practice blog this evening.

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  • Thec

    Where the eff are you guys getting this info??????

  • http://twitter.com/raidermight RaiderMight

    Dunno if to be glad or sad that Mario is man-hadling Scott. lol

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    AZ Raider Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    In trench drills, Mario Henderson put Trevor Scott on ground twice. Nice work on the edge.
    half a minute ago from mobile web
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    Ah, see the LT is a lock!

  • http://dimaanoto@cvn76.navy.mil ofdizzle

    the dischargers had their chance.. now its the silver and black’s chance to make a run!!!

  • http://twitter.com/raidermight RaiderMight

    What the heck is up with Garcia not participating in anything? Could he be in the dog house? Could he be trying to make some statement? Trade request? Even if hurt, he should atleast be doing non-physical activities.

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    @bydavidwhite – Excitement is over, back to position drills. Worth noting Garcia isn’t even doing the non-throwing, teaching drills. Just on a knee.

  • http://dimaanoto@cvn76.navy.mil ofdizzle

    IS IT ME.. OR DOES IT LOOK LIKE THIS YEARS SCHEDULE IS GONNA BE A LOT TOUGHER THAN LAST YEARS?????

  • AZ Raider

    Come on Mod, I’m trying to give Thec the link to Jerry and Davids Twitter pages…. Damn sensorship!

  • Thec

    Az i got it bro thanks….

  • Thec

    Socialist servers…..

  • no more infield or trolls…

    Chaz = Crabtree x 2… Who wanted Crabtree? Come on admit it….

  • no more infield or trolls…

    what happened to the tweets? Jerry and David must be wrestling for posistion.

  • Thec

    Chaz is HARD no doubt….Just like some of us predicted. Wonder what is up with walker….

  • 909RaiderLifer

    “Garcia seems like he’s checked out.”-http://twitter.com/raiderbeat

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    Where there’s smoke……..

  • http://dimaanoto@cvn76.navy.mil ofdizzle

    ANYONE KNOW BUSH’S STATUS????

  • Thec

    Garcia to minny????

  • no more infield or trolls…

    Funny how everyone blasted us for not taking Crabtree when we all ready had a talented possession guy with tons of potential on the roster who is bigger and faster that the diva from texas…
    why do they hate us so? cant wait to rub their noses in it.
    Opening night would be a great time to start. Coach Cable needs to start the foaming at the mouth with anger when he talks about that first game. like Marty Shotenheimer used to do when it was Raider week…

  • 51YO

    what happened to the tweets? Jerry and David must be wrestling for posistion.

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    I think Jerry and JaMarcus are wrestling for a cheeseburger.

  • Thec

    Post 265, I second that….

  • no more infield or trolls…

    MLB Ricky Brown untouched on blitz sack. Kirk Morrison has blitzed 3 times.
    half a minute ago from mobile web

  • AZ Raider

    Who’s this Nick Miller kid? He’s making an impression on everyone… Shyt, we got alot of WR battles for once during camp!

  • Thec

    nick miller, 55 yard catch, Who the eff is nick miller?

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    Brien,..see those two losers jerry and david white on twitter?…all they do is tweet when dhb drops a pass,..those two need to get a life,..Im watching Shark Week.

  • http://raiders.com RaiderTW

    Russell rainbow travels 55 yds in air, Nick Miller catches between Eugene, CJohnson.
    2 minutes ago from PockeTwit Gradkowski finds DHB for deep middle gain, Fargas pass block gives him time. In full team session finally.
    4 minutes ago from PockeTwit Garcia doesn’t appear to be participating in QB audible sessions . .
    17 minutes ago from PockeTwit Mario handles TScott on back to back rush drills . . .
    25 minutes

  • Thec

    YO Az, we got some serious comp going at WR.
    Was nick miller one of the guys at the russell camp.

    CHAZ MOFO SHIZ is the man though…..

  • AZ Raider

    Na Nick’s a walk on, undrafted! Maybe he’ll take Watkins spot? We’ll see… don’t have room on the roster for all these guys.

  • Brien the General 510

    Garcia cut would be a miracle……..my god anyone with sense didnt want Crabtree.

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    Dang,..those white sharks are getting big air launching for seals. damn.

  • Thec

    JRUSS sounds sharp….

  • no more infield or trolls…

    Miller was ther. he is supposed to be a reurn guy so JLH can concentrate on WR. Read somewhere that he could be compared to Eddie Royal. that would be a find…

  • Thec

    Defense 5 sacks is six plays wtf……

  • AZ Raider

    Na Thec, Darren McFadden is “The Man” LOL, but Chaz is sick too!

    ;)

  • no more infield or trolls…

    DHB makes second catch over middle when no one picked him up in zone. 2nd team secondary not communicating well.
    3 minutes ago from mobile web Tommy Kelly gives defense fifth sack in six plays.

  • Brien the General 510

    RaiderTW Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm
    Russell rainbow travels 55 yds in air, Nick Miller catches between Eugene, CJohnson.
    2 minutes ago from PockeTwit Gradkowski finds DHB for deep middle gain, Fargas pass block gives him time. In full team session finally.
    4 minutes ago from PockeTwit Garcia doesn’t appear to be participating in QB audible sessions . .
    17 minutes ago from PockeTwit Mario handles TScott on back to back rush drills . . .
    25 minutes
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Go on ahead then Russell make it happen. Mario vs Scott should be fun all year. They can make each other infinitely better. DHB way to hold on man!!

  • Thec

    Az, Chaz is the man at WR…….
    DMAC in the man at RB……
    But JRUSS he is “THE MAN”…..

  • AZ Raider

    Ha, ok Thec, I’ll give you that…

    Wait till Walker gets out there next week. He’s gonna make a run for the #2 spot opo Chaz!

  • no more infield or trolls…

    This sure is a lot more fun than the walk throughs.

  • Coach Elkins

    Andrew Walter signs with Patriots…LOL

  • no more infield or trolls…

    Have not heard Z. millers name or Murphys name mentioned yet.

  • Thec

    Az, Its all good Bro…….
    N more IOT, your right this is fun….

  • Thec

    Thats actually a good fit for both NE, an walter.
    Neither of which will win, that bumps cleo lemon out
    of NE

  • Brien the General 510

    LOL

  • AZ Raider

    SS Tyvon Branch stayed with McFadden on sideline go route for Inc. Not easy to do.
    ………………………………………………

    Depth Chart battle for a Saftey spot! C’mon Branch, show us what you got!

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Keep an eye on this Nick Miller kid, dude is catching everything thrown his way.

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    I’m posting to quickly? Slow down on this!

  • Thec

    9 all the damn time, i am trying to get to the gym but i cant put this stuff down…

  • AZ Raider

    Miller should be the most prepared WR at camp! He had Southwick to throw him passes before camp started. That alone should get him a HOF spot right?

  • http://dimaanoto@cvn76.navy.mil ofdizzle

    defense stoppin da run??

  • no more infield or trolls…

    Good saftey competitioon will mean good depth… like what i hear so far. If we win the opener against the chargettes I’ll be as giddy as a school girl.

  • AZ Raider

    Infield,

    I neeeeeeed that win just to keep sane!

  • Thec

    post 294, ROFLMAO…..Classic

  • AZ Raider

    294? Waz so funny thec?

  • http://dimaanoto@cvn76.navy.mil ofdizzle

    sounds like the same o-line to me????,… not good…