Mitchell takes his shot _ almost

Quick hits and news and notes from Tuesday morning’s practice:

— It came with an audible crack, with safety Mike Mitchell properly timing up a short screen to running back Gary Russell, and giving a sneak preview of mayhem to come.

At least that’s what Mitchell and the Raiders hope.

Mitchell, by order of coach Tom Cable, didn’t finish the blow, and smiled afterward when asked how it would have been different had he finished the hit.

“He’s going to be on his back and I’m going to be up yelling,” Mitchell said. “That’s how it usually ends.”

The usual tactic, Mitchell said, is to drive through the target rather than simply hit it.

“I’m trying to hit the person behind him, not him,” Mitchell said. “That’s just how I play. I don’t talk any trash or anything like that. I’m just a physical player. When it’s game time, I’ll let that speak when I play.”

Mitchell is making up for lost time. He wasn’t allowed to be involved in much of the Raiders offseason because his class at Ohio University was not done with school, an arcane NFL rule considering he left as a junior and was embarking on a professional career.

“What I like is he has really committed to the learning part of it,” Cable said. “He’s always trying to ask questions, always around with his coaches. He recognized the fact that he missed all that and he’s making up for it, and doing fine. He’s obviously an intelligent, guy, but just his want to, to press it, go after it and find out and get the answers has been the most important thing.”

Mitchell also made some nice plays in coverage, one in particular to break up a pass intended for rookie tight end Brandon Myers.

Like first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey, whom Mitchell now counts as one of his closest friends, he spent much of the late offseason in Alameda rehabbing a hamstring injury. For both men, so far, so good. Neither has had a problem with the hamstring.

More news, notes and quick hits:

— Too early to tell if it’s a real competition or something more cosmetic, but Ricky Brown got a lot of work with the first team at middle linebacker in place of Kirk Morrison.

Cable said the situation was competitive and the Raiders were simply looking for the best combination. When asked if that could include Morrison moving outside, Cable said, “I don’t know about that yet, but we have talked about it.”

— Left tackle Khalif Barnes was headed for his first-ever MRI after teammate James Marten blocked Ryan Boschetti into his left leg. Cable said it was an ankle sprain, Barnes said it was his knee and ankle.

“There was a whole lot of weight coming down on my left knee, and I twisted it a little bit,” Barnes said.

— While Barnes seemed doubtful about moving from left to right, Mario Henderson didn’t think it would be a huge adjustment.

“I like the position. But if I have to go to the right side I’ll do the same thing no matter what position I’m and try to make the best of it,” Henderson.

A switch isn’t likely. If Henderson gets through camp healthy, he’ll be the left tackle.

— Quarterback Jeff Garcia was rehabbing a calf strain following practice and hoped to return to practice soon. Garcia missed time with the same injury last season in Tampa Bay about the time it was rumored Brett Favre could be coming to the Bucs.

“I was just doing some extra conditioning after practice a couple days ago and just felt it start to pull a little bit,” Garcia said. “It was one of those things where I’ve experienced it in the past, and I didn’t want it to happen the way it happened like last year. It was the same calf, the same place.”

— The view from the 30-yard box suggests that with Garcia out, Charlie Frye looks to be the best option to be the backup.

Frye ended practice with a roll to his right and a flip to Brandon Myers for a touchdown.

“A nice play, but we should have had a score three players earlier,” Frye said.

Frye also threw a nice deep completion to Chaz Schilens, who leaped for the catch between Jason Horton and Mitchell, and had a swing route to Louis Murphy for good yardage, advancing the ball inside the 10-yard line.

— Nnamdi Asomugha left briefly, his hand on his right hip, but returned after being stretched by a member of the training staff.

“My hip flexor was tight,” Asomugha said. “Nothing gets by y’all.”

— Oren O’Neal practiced in back-to-back padded practices, a good sign after missing all of last season with tears to his ACL, LCL and MCL.

— Yes, there were a couple of conspicuous drops by Heyward-Bey, one which had a huge carom effect. Some of his drops have bordered on the spectacular.

“He’s coming along, coming along and just keep giving it to him, keep teaching him how to put the negative play behind him, you know, and that’s kinda’ where we’re at,” Cable said. “But much better today in terms of doing that. He dropped a ball on a go-route, came back and made a big catch on an out-route, so just gotta’ keep pushing him that way.”

— Ex-Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski has been present at the last two practices and said he’ll be out to watch occasionally.

— Shawn Bayes was the Tuesday version of Nick Miller, the smallish receiver who came up with some big plays, including one play when he sunk to his knees to grab a JaMarcus Russell pass. Miller had one drop and was later muttering under his breath for his pass route on a longer throw.

Miller did have one long catch on a throw from Frye, a nice back shoulder grapb over John Bowie

— Russell wasn’t as sharp as he was in the previous practice, missing open receivers occasionally but throwing no interceptions.

— Left end Greg Ellis was rested for much of practice, with Jay Richardson, who was getting second- and third-team work, elevated to the first team.

— Left guard Robert Gallery, a spectator through most of the practices, was instead working out with a member of the athletic training staff and doing agility drills.

— There was a post-practice scuffle that appeared to be between tight end Tony Stewart and linebacker Jon Alston. According to one account, Stewart thought Alston had hit him in the face when the play was over.

Cable said he thought it was nothing, a practical joke. Alston smiled and said he wasn’t involved.

— The running back rotation remains fairly even, with Darren McFadden getting lots of work split wide in some formations. McFadden has dropped catchable balls in each of the last two practices.

— Pass protection appeared to improve slightly, in part because blitzing was less frequent.

— I’ll file a brief post recapping the 4:20 p.m. practice . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • He was probably struggling just like most rookies at first as they are thinking too much.

  • Teabag

    # DirtyRaccoon Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    The 6-foot-5, 345-pound Kemoeatu had lined up over the center the past two seasons in Carolina after being signed away from Baltimore. He clogged the middle and was the key component of Carolina’s run defense.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/08/04/sports/s155956D62.DTL#ixzz0NGBBHbMH


    At 6′5″ 345lbs, T. Sands need to take some lessons from this guy on how to get low, when you are so tall.

    Kemoeatu is also done for the season… So I agree, Sands needs to take lessons from him.

  • AZ Raider

    Sh*t, with all the sh*t talking goings on and all, I’da been sh*tting my pants. Brand new Millionare, everyone doubts me, Cris Carter said I can’t catch on National TV right after I’m drafted, Crabtree talkin Crap bout the team that drafted me…

    Nerves would be doin big things at first…

  • DKnight007

    ottocrat Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 5:15 pm
    9 straight DHB catches, starring 1-handed grab going out of bounds crashing into pads. Best by far.

    Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:10:30 +0000


  • Chris Carter was a disgrace, he mocked DHB’s collegiate “production”, meanwhile Carter himself had a few hundred yards and about 30 catches more in his collegiate career. That translates to like 1 catch for 20 yards more a game. Carter was a better collegiate WR no doubt with more TD’s, but spare me the ridicule.

    DHB was considered a 1st round pick potentially after about 5 collegiate games as a freshman. The dude is a stud, he will make plays.

  • Speaking of recoveries, am I the only one whose noticed a growing respect for JaMarcus among the media?

  • AZ Raider

    I’m with ya Vegas… Poor kid just needs to shut his ears and do like J. Russell is. Playing ball! Russell I think has handled his ridicule pretty well, so its DHB’s turn. After-all, he is a Raider!




  • AZ Raider


    Russell seems to be doing his thing. Teamates saying stuff about leadership and being vocal. I’m telling you bro, only good stuff from here on out.

    C’mon, guys, lets do this thing and get our 4th trophy by the time it’s time to ink Nnamdi again! 9-7 this year! We can!

  • AZ Raider

    Flawless session by Russell in 7 on 7. Sharp in 17 to 21 yd range to different receivers. Pass to Will Franklin so quick it beats Nnamdi.
    9 minutes ago from PockeTwit

    Gel, gel gel guys! It’s good stuff!


    10-6????? sure why not!

    AFC Champs? sure why not!



  • AZ Raider

    AFC CHAMPS? Too much drank… AFC WEST Champs? sure why not?



  • So is that why Garcia came up with a calf injury? He wants out?

  • AZ Raider

    Dunno, and don’t care KK… Russell is da MAN! No, Darren McFadden is da MAN, but Russell is pretty sick too…





  • 504 Raider

    I think I feel like drinking that 11-5 stuff.

  • AZ Raider

    Sheeii 504, I’m you huckelberry… I’ve been serving kool-aid since Febuary LOL!





  • # Mistabrown Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Yes KK I’m about to switch to the Democratic party so I will be needing free health insurance for myself & all my illegal friends that just jumped the border. I need free child care for my 8 children. I need free college. I need free auto insurance. I need a free clunker. I need free satellite tv. I need free food & gas. Im going to let you hard working folks pay my way, ok?


    You know, there have been tons and tons of idiotic and marginally cogent things posted on this site. But this borders on deranged.

  • AZ Raider

    Waz crackin Glenn?

    Raiders camp looking good! DHB and Russel Gelling out there finally.




  • Looks like Cable is running a better camp than Lance did. The word “flawless” has never been associated with anything the Raiders have done in camp the last few years.

  • AZ Raider

    LOL Vegas…

    Nothing “Raiders” has been considered positive for 6 years!






    pushing it?

    Who cares, DRINK UP!


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    KoolKell Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    So is that why Garcia came up with a calf injury? He wants out?
    Wouldn’t surprise me. I bet you that he (Garcia) thought Russell was no good. Bet he thought it would be a cake walk.

    Not going to be. Russell is conducting himself the right way with teammates and the media. No more out loud hating going on.

    He’s sounding like a leader in the soundbytes.

    and Russell is doing it his way..praising coaches, helping teammates and staying positive.

  • 504 Raider

    I’m hoping DHB is just not used to a guy like JaMarcus throwing him the ball. Hopefully he is getting adjusted as by his consistency today. I recall Elway took some time breaking guys in.

    Amani Toomer to the Chiefs.

  • 408RAIDER

    dont tell me im still banned

  • 408RAIDER

    yeah Im not banned… its soooooooooooo on…

  • AZ Raider






  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    No kool-aid required. This is legit. The team “appears” to be doing the right things. Lord knows they would be blasting Russell from sea to shining sea if they could.

    The thing I like is that Russell received legit full-time coaching for an entire offseason…got real experience on the field…and has been working on the playbook stuff..not too mention QB school and all that.

    He just might light it up this year…DMAC is looking to breakout and Chaz and Miller are going to be good receiving targets….not to mention another receiver or two stepping up.

    As long as they keep progressing and building off of last year

  • 8-8 wins the division I’m all in.

  • testing testing 1 2…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Practice ends with Nick Miller taking a handoff and busting up the middle for a big gain.
    4 min ago from txt – Raiderbeat
    Working him out at running back, receiver, kick/punt return…interesting to see what he does in a preseason game or two

  • Mistabrown

    Pokeglenn, you log into Jerrys blog and sift through 200 posts looking for ME just to leave a silly comment like this? Why dont you get a life, a job, or go pet your cat!

    # Oakglenn Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    You know, there have been tons and tons of idiotic and marginally cogent things posted on this site. But this borders on deranged.

  • dhb catches 13 out of 14 hmmmm

  • – Ex-Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski has been present at the last two practices and said he’ll be out to watch occasionally.


    Big Wiz in the CASA.. I hope he talks to the Oline

  • Steve Wizz NUU ski ….love that guy.

  • # Mistabrown Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Pokeglenn, you log into Jerrys blog and sift through 200 posts looking for ME just to leave a silly comment like this? Why dont you get a life, a job, or go pet your cat!

    # Oakglenn Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    You know, there have been tons and tons of idiotic and marginally cogent things posted on this site. But this borders on deranged.

    No. It just proves you’re a brain dead hick, who believes other brain dead hicks. Of course it does fully explain why your Raider posts are dumb as sh**.

  • Mistabrown

    Pokeglenn, do you have a man crush is that why you only come in here looking for my post ? I dont swing that way lil feller, go pet your cat!

  • No. Mistabrown, I am strictly hetero. But thanks for the offer. I finally realized something. What is the difference between mistabrown and a bucket of sh**?? Answer: the bucket.

  • how lame is having to go to twitter to get my fix??/

  • And BTW missedabrain, turn off the Rush Limbaugh show and Fox News immediatley before and immediately after the Rush Limbaugh show. Only Brain dead hicks believe that nonsense anymore.

  • sup no links??

  • http://twitter.com/jerrymcd

    Jerry’s tweets.

  • DKnight007

    Jamarcus, Mitchell and DHB looking solid today fellas!

    Good stuff!

  • DKnight007

    They got to keep it up and not get too happy!

    Be competitive, play hard, loosen up and have fun out there!

  • D.White already has his fix up.. I tried to post the link but it wouldnt let me

  • Can’t get too exited about this stuff fellas. We’ll see how it goes in the lst preseason game.

  • bombs4ya

    we will score alot of points this year…

  • 504 Raider

    New unwanted camp wrinkle . . . mosquitos . . . need to by some OFF . . .
    about 9 hours ago from PockeTwit

    Jerry how could you miss that? JaMarcus is lighting it up b/c he’s in a good ol southern atmosphere. He think he in La or Bama.

  • bombs4ya

    we are eat up clock on offense…

  • Terrapin

    Whats up wit Burgess? He still alive? I guess he really is going to sit out all TC …maybe even preseason? Hope his pockets are deep. But hey, maybe a trade is already being inked.

    (btw Jerry, this posting too quickly stuff is just retarded. I haven’t even posted anything for about an hour)

  • bombs4ya

    it’s going to be hard on opposing defenses to have a clue of whats going on….

  • Thec07

    With all the negative news we get being NATION fans we deserve to get excited about good news. I am pumped as hell about MIKE MITCHELL, JRUSS, DHB and any other good news we get. Time out for tempering our excitement.

  • DarthPirate

    Russell and Bey were sharp! That’s awesome news. I can’t help but have a good feeling about this year, although we have a tough schedule.