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Raiders practicing, Seymour isn’t

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 1:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.

As the Raiders ended warmups and special teams drills Monday and begun the closed session of practice, those who were not on the field were running back Justin Fargas and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

Coach Tom Cable believes Fargas will be ready to play. There has been no update on the Raiders regarding Seymour and when he is expected to arrive. Cable will address the media following practice.

Linebacker and special teams player Isaiah Ekejiuba was back at practice. Safety Mike Mitchell was on the field for the second consecutive day and workin gon special teams.

More news, notes and quotes from the open locker room session:

– If rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is nervous about being a starter in his NFL debut, on Monday night, no less, he’s hiding it well.

“It’s a regular routine. It’s a game, and I know it’s the regular season, but you can’t get too high and you can’t get too low,” Heyward-Bey said. “You’ve just got to do your normal preparation for the week.”

When told his approach seemed even keel, Heyward-Bey said, “Oh yeah. You have to. Then you get caught in this dream land. You can’t allow yourself to get that way. At least for me I can’t.”

– Linebacker Slade Norris, a fourth-round draft choice, was surprised that he didn’t make the 53-man roster, but plans on rectifying that before the season is over.

“It was disappointing, definitely, but I have a lot of confidence in myself, and I know I’ll make it up there this year,” Norris said.

Even with the demotion, Norris felt he had the confidence of the coaching staff in terms of his potential.

“They told me, `We want you on practice squad, we’re hoping no one picks you up because we really respect you as a player, we just don’t think you’re quite ready yet to go out there,’ ” Norris said.

Cable said Norris was struggling with the conversion from college pass rusher to stand-up linebacker. Norris said it is a matter of seeing things clearly.

“The biggest thing I need to work on is my reactions, my vision, I need to see the whole defense from depth, I need to be able to read things quicker,” Norris said. “Physically, I’m there right now. I feel I can play with them right now. I just need to tighten up my game a little bit.”

– Tackle Khalif Barnes sounds as if he realizes being ready for Week 1 is a stretch (Cable has pointed to Week 2 or 3) but won’t rule it out for sure.

“That’s a good question. Would it make sense? I don’t know,” Barnes said. “I really don’t know. Of course, would I have loved to at the beginning of camp, yeah. But, you also got to be smart about it and know it’s a long season. In case somebody goes down, you got to be ready to step in. So, I’m just getting myself back into the mental mode of not just having to heal but playing well also. All that kind of goes into the factors.”

Barnes on blocking Seymour: “It seems like you stone him at the line, but he always somehow seems to creep in and get a couple of inches deeper than you would like for him to get. So, he works well with his hands.”

– The ascension of Chris Morris to starting center came the way things usually do with the Raiders. He wasn’t told anything specific, and he wasn’t about to ask.

“Last week I just started running with the (first team), Morris said. “I just started taking those reps. I don’t know if anyone officially said anything.”

Morris, who credited former Raiders Adam Treu and Brad Badger with helping him develop, said of being the starter, “It feels fantastic. But the work doesn’t stop here. It’s just beginning. I can’t let anything slide or else I could be back as a backup. I’ll definitely take it to a new level and continue to work hard.”

– Guard Richard Scheuning, a practice squad guard, participated in his first practice wearing No. 67. Free agent defensive tackle Desmond Bryant switched from No. 67 to No. 90, the number of the departed Terdell Sands.

– It’s conceivable defensive tackle William Joseph, cut to make room for Seymour, could return at some point. His locker was not cleared out and his name and number remain in the stall.

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  • Richochet

    RaiderDogg Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    Ricochet

    FYI -

    I only read your posts when you post as MaddenRaider. That will end now as well, no time for followers and imbeciles any more.

    ==========
    LMFAO.wave that white flag, boy.

    You’ve JUST BEEN OWNED.

    What could you say? I called you out for being a hypocrite..BUSTED.
    I called you out for blowing it about madden being here all day..which got you crying like a child…BUSTED.
    I called you out for being a stupid insecure whining kid..BUSTED.
    I called you out for bringing up your mom 10 times AFTER you told everyone you’re finally over it..BUSTED.
    I called you out for dissing other’s mom’s, while whining about someone commenting about yours..BUSTED.
    I called you out for your lying take about how much you make…challenging you for a number…BUSTED.

    That was easy.

    Honestly..for fun? I knew I could get you to cry NO MAS.
    Everything about you makes it clear you would be toast.

    I suspect you’ll NEVER comment on my takes again..now..will you, little boy?
    Hell..in a matter of a dozen posts, I have you scrambling for cover, and crying PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE.

    Now you may go..tail between legs..just praying someone will help you up.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    ..why does it matter to you what Ricochet’s favorite team is? Maybe he doesn’t even have a favorite team. I’m pretty much heading there.
    I’m almost through with the Raiders, and I don’t plan on taking up another team.
    A lot of people just watch the NFL, and mock their former team for continuing to self destruct…

  • Mistabrown

    Its up to us to make him want to stay ?
    Tthis fool is completely out of his skull!!!!!!
    LMAO!

    priesttj Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Relax!! Seymour will be here and it’s up to us to make him want to stay

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Yeh, 24, and you go on thinking that Moss is the reason Seymour doesn’t want to come here. Seymour doesn’t own a t.v. He thought the Raiders were the most organized and cohesive franchise in the league until Randy Moss got his ear. Sure, bud.

  • 24

    The question regarding Seymour is whether hes mad because he was traded overall or because it was the Raiders or simply because he wants a contract he feels he deserves whether that happens to be with the Raiders or the Patriots. Now…I would think that Al Davis wants to get Seymour under contract after giving up a 1st round pick. The question is whether Seymour is willing to even negotiate with him. If its about money, we all know Davis will fork it over. Davis also has a no cap season to work with next year so he can keep this years figure low for the salary cap. Also, he can always franchise him next year if he can’t come to an agreement.

  • HayesDaze37

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:

    MB, Obama has been president for a half a year, and inherited a troubled economy nearly 30 years in the making. Al Davis has been owner of the Raiders since the ’60s. Keep reaching.

    ———————————

    And…since the 60′s, Al has overseen the incredible growth in value of one of the world’s most prized possessions, an NFL franchise.

    What was the Raiders value when Al took over? What was it in the 80′s? 90′s? As recently as 5 years-ago, they were “only” worth about $500 Million. Their value has skyrocketed every generational step of the way.

    They are now — even in this terrible time in their history, and in this terrible economy — worth an estimated $750 +/- Million.

    Jumps in value like that are unbelievable, and those that orchestrate profits like are pretty bright people. Of the MANY great things Al Davis has done for his league, he was instrumental in the past few contract negotiations…even when STILL not getting along with the NFL’s front-office.

    Al’s DIRECT involvement in such talks, along with his support of the front-office and now-commish Goodell, facilitated the signings of TV/broadcast deals…and has been instrumental in the unbelievable growth in teams’ values. Al has helped all his rich NFL partners get richer along the way.

    Thanks for pointing that out, MR!!

  • 24

    MR – Wow. Talk about drama queen. You ok?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Riccochet, you want to know why I stopped taking guys like RaiderDogg seriously? And same goes for Florida Pete. When I take a few days off from here, and come back to read the comments, I notice these guys are saying the same things I say about Al Davis. Even Brien! I think it’s a thing where they want to be the resident critical bloggers, and don’t want anyone taking their spotlight. As much as they stick up for Al when I’m around, they seem to take on the same view of Al Davis that I have once they’re doing fighting with me. These guys are just threatened by someone else playing in their sandbox. That’s all it is. Of course, now one of them is taking their dramatic fit to an entirely new level.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:31 pm
    Riccochet, you want to know why I stopped taking guys like RaiderDogg seriously? And same goes for Florida Pete. When I take a few days off from here, and come back to read the comments, I notice these guys are saying the same things I say about Al Davis. Even Brien! I think it’s a thing where they want to be the resident critical bloggers, and don’t want anyone taking their spotlight. As much as they stick up for Al when I’m around, they seem to take on the same view of Al Davis that I have once they’re doing fighting with me. These guys are just threatened by someone else playing in their sandbox. That’s all it is. Of course, now one of them is taking their dramatic fit to an entirely new level.”

    Now you are just talking out of your ass. Give me one single example of me ever posting the way you desribed I do here. ONE example. The archives are there, feel free to back up your own words with actual FACTS!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, who is more responsible than Al Davis for how bad this team has been the past 6 years?

  • Mistabrown

    Ok everybody its up to us to make Seymour want to play here per Priesttj so write a tear jerking sob story and look like a pathetic loon that is Priesttj.

    Great idea Priest thanks for the guidance bro!

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    24 Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    “MR – Wow. Talk about drama queen. You ok?”

    good sheet 24

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Well, looks like things have died down. I’ll be back later. Hope Seymour isn’t on top of a bridge threatening to jump or something…. LOL. Later.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Hey Cancun. Do you ever get down to Belize? Heading down there in a few weeks to check out some property in San Pedro…

  • HayesDaze37

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:

    Hayez, who is more responsible than Al Davis for how bad this team has been the past 6 years?

    ————————-

    The same guy who’s responsible for the team being worth 3/4 OF A BILLION DOLLAR$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    AL DAVIS

    Hahahahaha…it drives MR nuttier than he already is.

    Hahahahaha

  • Mistabrown

    24,
    It doesnt really matter because its up to us to make him want to play here! And we can make this happen by golly! You know Seymour reads this blog for the direction of his career, right?

    24 Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    The question regarding Seymour is whether hes mad because he was traded overall or because it was the Raiders

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Isn’t it funny that no one has talked with Seymour? Nothing but speculation and second hand talk? The man has a right to take care of his family, clean up loose ends, and take care of what he has to. He is a class act, unlike a lot of posters in here, running their ignorant mouths to stir up hatred. Haters, go to, http.www.I-Really-Need-A-Life.com. This is a good opportunity to start to turn this D around, and everyone has an answer as to why it won’t. Get a LIFE!

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    MR

    you and I have had our differences in the past but it has never come to what it came to yesterday. I honestly thought that you were a better person than that and I may have went overboard. You pissed me off when you disrespected my dead mothers memory, even AFTER I had made it VERY clear she was dead. I think if the situation was reversed you would have reacted in a similar way.

    Don’t worry, I don’t expect you to all of a sudden grow a conscience. I just thought if I gave you a little perspective you would get a better understanding. It’s not drama it’s anger. Which has now dissipated mostly.

    It wasn’t that long ago when you asked me what I did for a living because you thought I was a cop. What do you think I am now?

    Just keep my mother’s name out of your mouth and we can get back to the spirited disagreements we usually have.

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

    # bydavidwhiteCable spoke with Seymour, said he wants to be here. Has no ETA, says the sooner the better.2 minutes ago from web

    # Jerry McDonaldJerrymcdCable: Seymour wants to be a Raider, issue is between player and the Patriots. Details are being worked on.

    ———————————–

    long term deal.. now every 1 stop trippin’!!!

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    Hey Cancun. Do you ever get down to Belize? Heading down there in a few weeks to check out some property in San Pedro…”

    Watch out for scorpions, those little fukkers are sneaky. One ended up in our bed…

  • GalacticGus

    In regards to Moss in case he did get into Seymour’s ear…. Randy Moss is being a cock blocker little b i t ch! and deep down inside he knows the RAiders have something that can stand in between his individual goal of winning a superbowl. If seymour comes on down to Oakland, he just may SEE MORE (Seymour) rings!

    that would be a dream come true if we get in the playoffs and we meet the Pats in the playoffs and we run all over them because their run D is not as good as it used to be …but they compensate with their offense. However in that game we take away their deep completions so they got to dink and dunk, because we got Namdi shutting down Moss all game and when he does make a catch over the middle… BAM, Mitchell making the big devastating hit on em.
    Also, Our run game will be superior and will have enough to keep their run game around or under 100 yds. thats all we need.

    it would be Poetic justice. MOss will never wear a superbowl ring.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    408

    you are the MAN! Such good news, probably why MR left so quickly.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Hey 408! See post 117, wtg!

  • El Tato

    Jerry McDonald (Jerrymcd)

    Cable: Seymour wants to be a Raider, issue is between player and the Patriots. Details are being worked on.

    …………………………..

    NICE

  • Dmac20

    If I could talk to al I’d tell him go out gunz a blazin. Hell trade another first for merriman, or peppers.lol Trade all picks good players.lol No cap next year so we shud be good.(:

  • GalacticGus

    Cable will be able to do what Gruden couldn’t, and close out the game. Gruden was predictable with the call to his short yard specialist Zach Crocket on that pivitol 3 and 1 which would have avoided the whole tuck rule injustice! Cable may not be a certified offensive wizard, but he has it in him to run fakes and have some surprises in his play calling.

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

    new fix yall

  • HayesDaze37

    Richard Seymour is well on his way to a potential Hall Of Fame Career.

    When — not if — the Raiders rise above mediocrity, if he stays healthy, he will cement his place in history by helping them do it. He now has a chance to creat a whole new legend, on a team needing a HOF-type identity on its D-line.

    Al Davis is THE MAN.

    SAY IT WITH ME, MR — AL DAVIS IS THE MAN!!!

  • Florida Pete

    RaiderDogg Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:31 pm
    Riccochet, you want to know why I stopped taking guys like RaiderDogg seriously? And same goes for Florida Pete. When I take a few days off from here, and come back to read the comments, I notice these guys are saying the same things I say about Al Davis. Even Brien! I think it’s a thing where they want to be the resident critical bloggers, and don’t want anyone taking their spotlight. As much as they stick up for Al when I’m around, they seem to take on the same view of Al Davis that I have once they’re doing fighting with me. These guys are just threatened by someone else playing in their sandbox. That’s all it is. Of course, now one of them is taking their dramatic fit to an entirely new level.”

    Now you are just talking out of your ass. Give me one single example of me ever posting the way you desribed I do here. ONE example. The archives are there, feel free to back up your own words with actual FACTS!

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    yeah, what he said…

    and that goes double for me…

    i want TWO examples!!! The archives are there, feel free to back up your own words with actual FACTS!

  • Dmac20

    Would you guys be upset if the raiders traded a 1st 2010 pick to the chargers for shawn merriman. You gotta think a d-line of ellis,kelly,seymour,and merriman is great… So our d would be set, and in two more weeks the offense will be getting back khalif barnes and chaz schilens so the o should be solid…. I can see it now.(:

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