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Branch rewarded for dominant performance

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 3:29 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes from the Raiders practice facility Monday and coach Tom Cable’s press briefing:

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch was one of ? players given a game ball for his performance in a 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Branch had 12 tackles, 11 unassisted, a 12-yard sack, two tackles for losses a pass defensed and a forced fumble.

Asked if it was Branch’s best game, Cable said, “I don’t think there’s any question.”

Also getting game balls were quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, tight end Zach Miller, tight end Brandon Myers and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

Painfully slow connection speeds . . . will leave facility and complete Monday files from home later . . .

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  • DKnight007

    YoungAmerican Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm
    I wish we didn’t take a first-round WR last time around, because Golden Tate would make a pretty solid compliment to Schilens.

    Ndamukong Suh would be an intriguing pick. Especially if Greg Ellis doesn’t come back next year and our line needs a little extra help.

    Brandon Spikes could be a monster in the middle, but I’m not sure if he’s fast enough for our system. Chances are either Morrison or Howard are leaving after this season, and I think Howard is more valuable to the defense at this point. Morrison keeps getting burned by running backs on short passes over the middle. A true SAM linebacker is needed, too. But Al Davis has never been one to take linebackers in the first round.

    ^^^^^^^Well first of all someone else should be making the picks besides Al Davis.

    The pick should be Suh!

    Then they should get the meanest and baddest MIKE middle LB in Round 2 if Spikes doesn’t fall….(which he won’t. Perhaps McLain from Bama?

    Then the new GM/Personnel man needs to trade for either Vick or Kevin Kolb!

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

    4eva yeah I know but I like to call him AM just like I call 24 Huff

  • NorthernD

    VanHeathen Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    I’d like it if Al would get a consultant like Dr. Harry Edwards, to meet with the prospects before the draft, to see where their heads are at before we invest millions in them…
    ===============================================
    Height, weight and 40 time is all you need to know.

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    VanHeathen

    I like the way ur thinkin brethren.. It still wont happen tho.. I love AL and all but Damn he sure does test our loyalty dont he… :P

  • VanHeathen

    408:
    He sure does, lets hope we get a little more of a return on our investment this week…

  • DKnight007

    Hate to say it but I want this team to keep losing….because Cable should not be the HC….

    This team and organization needs a Head Coach like Jim Harbaugh or Jon Gruden!

    If they win 3 more games….the dumb old man will want to keep Cable and that would be waste of time!

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

    4eva

    go 2 ur im I got a ? 4 ya

  • NorthernD

    VanHeathen Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    408, i’ve ben wanting a GM since Allen left, but i figured if we could even get Al to get a consultant to help grade these kids, it would be a step in the right direction…
    ===========================================
    From what I’ve heard about Al and the draft process,(from the NFL network), is that the scouts do the leg work and grade out all the players before the draft. Then Al comes down before the draft and changes the order on the big board.
    That’s how they end up with DHB ahead of Crabtree, Huff ahead of Haolti Ngata, etc.
    They have people who are doing the work, Al just doesn’t listen to them.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Maybe we are trying to do with JR what the Titans did with VY.

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

    Ok Jerry make with the fix already

  • DKnight007

    NorthernD Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    VanHeathen Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    408, i’ve ben wanting a GM since Allen left, but i figured if we could even get Al to get a consultant to help grade these kids, it would be a step in the right direction…
    ===========================================
    From what I’ve heard about Al and the draft process,(from the NFL network), is that the scouts do the leg work and grade out all the players before the draft. Then Al comes down before the draft and changes the order on the big board.
    That’s how they end up with DHB ahead of Crabtree, Huff ahead of Haolti Ngata, etc.
    They have people who are doing the work, Al just doesn’t listen to them.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Anymore proof needed that the looney old man needs to go away!

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    Chris in NY Says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    Real Madden Raider,

    Are you JaMarcus? His agent? Or just in his entourage?

    Everyone else sees the obvious. No, Gradkowski is not Peyton Manning. But at least he showed he can fire up the offense and make some competent throws and run an offense that resembles something above a Pop Warner sh-tshow.
    ==============
    lmfao

    HE’S HIS PERSONAL BALL WASHER YOU CAN HAVE ONE TOO IF YOU EVER STEAL 36 MILLION DOLLARS.

    madden raider act’s like him and JaFatBoy are related.

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

    Big Al aint going no where

  • VanHeathen

    I wonder if JR realizes he’s leaving ANOTHER 30 million on the bench by not reaching his incentives, and that’s just his Raiders Deal, I’m not even talking about any possible endorsements he’s missing out on.
    I guess he could pick up Davids Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Yum , since all i saw him do on Sunday was snack…

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    # 408RAIDER Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    yo happy troll way to maN up… Now tell us what name you usually post under

    bhp :mrgreen: (we all know what those initials stand for) :lol:

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    Murphy is alot like schillens was last year. He makes rookie mistakes but i sure like his heart and fire for the game.

    imagine we got him in the 4th round. we could of gotten monroe with the first and still had a good reciever to go with chaz.

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    # 408RAIDER Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    yo happy troll way to maN up… Now tell us what name you usually post under

    408 :cool: in the good old days before registration :!: I :cool: would log in as whoever I felt like i.e. MR, KoolKell,Lefty12, etc. etc. etc. or mainly as Thor, kink of the trolls :evil: But since they installed the registration I :cool: am just good ole Trolls 35 Raiders 0 :lol:

  • jhill

    The offense didn’t get any breaks this season. From Schillens and Miller going down, to JLH falling off the map. The injuries to Gallery, DMAC, and Green didn’t help at all. Even now it seems like Chaz will at best be 75% for the rest of the year.

    I look at Chris Chambers and think how bad can Javon Walker really be? Why can’t he get any PT?

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    4evaRaider Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Thank You Happy Troll
    *************************************************
    De nada 4eva :cool: At least the king pins :twisted: of the AFC North can’t say too much on how weak the AFC West is :lol: Now on to troll :evil: the wicked :twisted: Tia Juana North Sprinkler fans :evil:

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  • raiderzmaverick

    Guys – you keep talking about who we should draft in the 1st round….WE DON’T HAVE 1ST ROUND PICK THIS YEAR! We traded it….

    I personally think that’s a GOOD THING. We normally draft descent in the later rounds and I think we have quite a few picks this year in those areas.

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  • Kaliver

    “Guys – you keep talking about who we should draft in the 1st round….WE DON’T HAVE 1ST ROUND PICK THIS YEAR! We traded it….”

    No, we traded next years 1st round draft pick.

  • Casper87

    Oakland Raider 1st Round Draft Picks since 1989 (20 years)

    90′ Anthony Smith
    91′ Todd Marinovich
    92′ Chester McGlocton *
    93′ Patrick Bates
    94′ Rob Frederickson
    95′ Napoleon Kauffman
    96′ Rickey Dudl97′
    97′ Darrell Russell
    98′ Charles Woodson *
    99′ Matt Stinchcomb
    00′ Sebastian Janokowski
    01′ Patrick Gibson
    02′ Phillip Buchanon
    03′ Nnamdi Asomough *
    04′ Robert Gallery
    05′ Fabian Washington
    06′ Michael Huff
    07′ JaMarcus Russsell
    08′ Darren McFadden
    09′ Darrius Heyward Bey

    3 First Round Raider Draft Picks have made a Pro-Bowl appearance in the last 20 years.
    ______________________________________________________

    KoolKell: Get your facts straight. Four draft picks have made the Pro Bowl in the last 20 years. Darrell Russell went in ’98 and ’99.