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Lynch says Brooks was to visit

Raiders coach Tom Cable declined to say whether any players had visited the Raiders during his conference call Friday evening, but needless to say we’ll be looking for new uniform numbers when practice starts in about 10 minutes.

Linebacker Morlon Greenwood was scheduled to visit, according to the National Football Post. In addition, safety John Lynch, while visiting the Bucs training camp, told the Pewter Report he believed Brooks was going to visit the Raiders Friday.

If true, the Raiders are either worried about the plantar fasciatis bothering Jon Alston or simply of the belief they need help at linebacker, where Thomas Howard is the only starter assured of retaining his position.

On his Web site, Brooks acknowledged a visit to New Orleans and said his agents were talking to the Raiders about a visit. There is indication when that site was updated.

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  • DarthPirate

    Chargers looking fairy unimpressive so far.Phillip Rivers is (as much as I hate to say it) a beast.

  • Florida Pete

    Vikings’ rookie Jasper Brinkley just brings it
    Rookie linebacker hits ‘with attitude,’ Henderson says
    By Rick Alonzo
    ralonzo@pioneerpress.com
    Updated: 08/09/2009 11:54:56 PM CDT

    MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley pulled up at the last moment during a recent practice, sparing running back Antone Smith from a huge hit.

    The Vikings weren’t wearing full pads, so Brinkley had to be careful not to hammer his teammate after he cut through the line into the backfield.

    “We can unload on everybody else,” said, Brinkley the hard-hitting rookie linebacker who has raised eyebrows in training camp. “I want to take care of my teammates.”

    Brinkley’s full-bore style can be dangerous for others, especially considering his massive frame. He’s listed at 6 feet 1, 252 pounds, which makes him the heaviest linebacker on the Vikings’ roster. He appears bigger and plays bigger, too. Brinkley hits like a dump truck rolling downhill out of control.

    That’s a big part of the reason why he already is penciled in as E.J. Henderson’s backup at middle linebacker. Henderson likes Brinkley’s athleticism, instincts and play-making ability.

    “And when he gets there, he gets there with attitude,” said Henderson, noting that he hasn’t seen any Vikings rookie hit as hard as Brinkley. “Not at linebacker, not since I came in here.”

    If all goes well for the Vikings, Henderson will remain healthy coming off toe surgery and Brinkley won’t be needed much at linebacker this season, although he will likely be used on special teams.

    It became clear that NFL teams can never have enough talent and depth at any position last season, when Henderson was sidelined the final 13 games, including the playoffs. His absence forced the Vikings to sign Dontarrious Thomas and Napoleon Harris for the season.

    Searching for a better long-term backup, the Vikings drafted Brinkley in the fifth round of the April NFL draft. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier immediately made it clear he was expecting Brinkley to fill the backup role.

    Brinkley hasn’t let the coaches down. The staff has “water-logged” him with information, and he’s adjusting well. Coach Brad Childress likes the rookie’s instincts.

    “I think he’s got very good ‘see-to-do,’ ” Childress said. “E.J. is probably the most instinctive. But he’s an instinctive player in there. He processes stuff immediately.

    “He’s a good football player.”

    Brinkley’s body type isn’t that of a typical rookie. At 24, he’s the oldest member of the team’s five draft picks this year after finishing his college career as a fifth-year senior. He’s more mature physically than is expected from a first-year professional. He was granted a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending knee injury his junior season.

    It took time for Brinkley to drop the weight he had gained after his knee injury. But although he’s still a big man, now he’s in his best shape since his knee injury, a torn lateral collateral ligament in 2007.

    When Jasper’s twin brother, Casper, saw him this summer, the change in his muscle tone was obvious.

    “I was like, ‘You’ve got abs?’ ” said Casper, a defensive end hoping to the make the Carolina Panthers’ regular-season roster. “I was jealous.”

    Jasper moves better than one would expect for a linebacker of his size. During Saturday’s practice, running back Ian Johnson ran around right end, and suddenly Brinkley was right there to meet him at the line of scrimmage.

    After watching Brinkley in the offseason and training camp, Henderson likes what he sees.

    “Definitely likes the contact,” Henderson said. “Definitely the type of middle linebacker we’re looking for. Definitely think he’ll be a starter in this league sometime soon.”

    Exhibition games will reveal much more about Brinkley’s ability, starting with Friday night’s at Indianapolis.

    Indications to this point are that the Vikings might have gotten a steal in the draft. Pro Football Weekly’s draft preview guide projected Brinkley as a third- or fourth-round pick. If hadn’t gotten injured in college, he might have gone higher than that.

    In his first year at South Carolina, Brinkley led all Southeastern Conference linebackers with 107 tackles, including 14 1/2 for a loss.

    Now Brinkley is trying to learn the playbook as fast as he can. For a role model, he needs to look no further than Henderson.

    “I feel great playing behind a guy like that,” Brinkley said. “He’s going to be one of the greats to ever put this uniform on. I definitely try to mold my game to be exactly his. I try to imitate everything he does on the field.

  • Thec07

    Any chance brinkley makes the practice squad?

  • Florida Pete

    i think Brinkley could make our team right now and make our front seven immediately better…

    big al… please trade for him…

  • Florida Pete

    Thec07 Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 7:42 pm
    Any chance brinkley makes the practice squad?

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    if he did… and then we still didn’t pick him up…

    i think i would come completely unglued…

  • http://atm Raider O

    It was a joke lefty!!
    Al drafting a CB!! lol

  • http://atm Raider O

    Al,

    Bring back Frantz!!

  • Thec07

    Brinkley was a fifth rd pick, has been penciled in at no 2. He aint going no where…..

  • Thec07

    Seattles 1′s shut down the dischargers 1′s…..
    dischargers very pedestrian….

  • Terrapin

    Yeah, SD really couldin’t move the ball much at all. I’ll extrapolate though and give them the benefit of the doubt – its preseason. They looked organized; but not dynamic (like Oakland) is the best I can say.

  • Terrapin

    They’re defense looked a ton better than Oakland though. Solid on both sides of the line.

  • Florida Pete

    Thec07 Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 7:46 pm
    Brinkley was a fifth rd pick, has been penciled in at no 2. He aint going no where…..

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    the depth cahrt originally had him at 3…

    probably to kepp from hurting someone’s feelings…

    he’s this year M. Bush in the draft… a lot of similarities…

    i would try and trade for him…

  • Thec07

    farimen looked a little sluggish…

  • destrilogy

    Why is everybody getting on morrison. He is a GOOD PLAYER. a really good LB. do you honestly think we need to fix our LBs????

    NO.

    we need to address our right side of the O LINE. and a BIG DT.

  • Thec07

    We should have took him in the draft, oh well wont cry over spilled ones….

  • RogRaiderFan

    nno matter what russell does these idiots will hate fry and gradkowski have been in the nfl before russell and have not put up the small amount of numbers russ put up last year yea fry and
    gradkowski are so good they both have played for 3 teams in the last four years your bias against russell is obvious either you dont know nfl history dont read stats or you have a predetermined judgment about russell gradkowski cut twice in the last two years fry cut by cleveland after playing one half in week one 2007 sounds like you dont want the best qb you just wont the best white qb to play its sad i see alot of fake fans these days

  • thetown

    Norv Turner in HD is downright stomach turning!

  • Florida Pete

    Morrison can’t shed a blocker…

    he tackles from behind…

    and it’s been this way since college…

    31st against the run…

    everyone respects his coverage skills…

    no-one respects his run stopping skills…

    he needs to move outside…

  • Thec07

    thetown Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    Norv Turner in HD is downright stomach turning!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    Can u fade to black when his face appears?

  • DarthPirate

    BTW, the Browns run defense today was god awful, that’s even with the great Rob Ryan.

  • Thec07

    DarthPirate Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    BTW, the Browns run defense today was god awful, that’s even with the great Rob Ryan.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++====

    You guys are in rare form tonite…lol

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Florida Pete,

    I wish you didn’t post that article about Brinkley. That article read like a wish list of what the Raiders are looking for at the MLB and SLB positions.

    Hard hitting, instinctive, downfield, dumptruck, “behind the line of scrimmage”

    Meanwhile, the Raiders are rumored to be bringing in 30 something castoffs from other teams.

    You have to commit to having a tough defense. The Raiders defense is all finesse and pass defense…unfortunately the pass defense suffers because the pass rush has been suspect.

    Undersized, undermanned and easily pushed around at all points of attack. This has described the defense to date and by all signals…continues to define this defense.

    John Marshall has a lot of work to do.

    Terdell Sands still playing too high after 9 yrs in the league?

  • Florida Pete

    thetown Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    Norv Turner in HD is downright stomach turning!

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    yikes!!! HD was not meant for Norv…

    turn off RED… turn up BLUE…

    blue man group…

    there ya go…

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    IM NOT MAKING ANY ASSUMPTIONS UNTIL WE WIN THE GAME VS SAN DIEGO

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    destrilogy Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 7:54 pm
    Why is everybody getting on morrison. He is a GOOD PLAYER. a really good LB. do you honestly think we need to fix our LBs????
    =======================================================
    Its not us…its the Raiders own coaches getting on Morrison. The coaches are the ones that are bringing in veteran free agents for tryouts. Its the coaches that are having a hard time picking between Ricky Brown and Kirk Morrison.

    I just want someone to play the damn position with the intensity and strength needed to have a half-way decent defense

  • Florida Pete

    a half-way decent defense would be a huge upgrade over last year…

  • RogRaiderFan

    Bruce Gradkowski

    game qbrat com att pct yds y/g
    2006-07 Tampa Bay 13 65.9 177 328 54.0 1661 127.8
    y/a tds ints
    5.1 9 9
    07-08 0tds 3ints and you say he is better than russell you haters need to do your homework your making your bias against russell sooo easy to see

  • Florida Pete

    RogRaiderFan Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 8:06 pm
    Bruce Gradkowski

    game qbrat com att pct yds y/g
    2006-07 Tampa Bay 13 65.9 177 328 54.0 1661 127.8
    y/a tds ints
    5.1 9 9
    07-08 0tds 3ints and you say he is better than russell you haters need to do your homework your making your bias against russell sooo easy to see

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    are you talking about Norco???

    ’cause pretty much everyone here is behind Russell…

    Norco… well everything looks slow when you’re speeding…

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    is it just me or is the clock fast?

  • 504 Raider

    I wouldn’t boo hoo too much about not getting Brinkley. Unless of course he was available when we took Sulak. That Article on Brinkley could have been said the exact same way about Mike Mitchell. Except for the part about the twin brother named Casper….I mean, if he is that good then he should be a starter instead of backup. He hits like a dumptruck and you don’t need that this year. Well I will get worked up over him when you NEED him. Until then, if he can’t help you then he can’t help us.

  • 504 Raider

    Brooks had a good visit down here with the Saints last week but left town without an offer. That is good news for us if we want to get him. The Saints need a LB and did not sign him. Former 49er LB Derek Smith was working out for the Saints. He too left town without a deal.

  • Florida Pete

    yeah…

    i say it’s even money that Mitchell even plays in the first half of this season…

    that alone makes Brinkley the better bet…

    oh, i say that Brinkley will be the starter before the year is out…

    here’s the story on the 1st stringer:

    On December 15, 2006, Henderson agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Vikings. The deal was reportedly worth over $25 million with $10 million guaranteed.

    In April 2008, the Vikings signed Henderson’s younger brother, Erin, as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland.

    Henderson was placed on season-ending injured reserve after he dislocated multiple toes on October 6, 2008 in a game against the Tennessee Titans.

  • priesttj

    SnB, your #post 172 is a load of crap. I’ve been reading this stuuf for 2 days and I finally took the time to actually watch the damn game.

    Now maybe I’m stupid but did this defense give up ONLY 10 points? Did this defense frustrate and confuse Dallas’s offense while our offense dominated their defense.

  • thetown

    is somebody not playing for the anus-chargers d tonight? they dont seem to be as star studded as i remember