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Branch rewarded for dominant performance

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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  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Did we trade him?

    lmao

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Zach Miller is the man!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    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.

    So, it’s not just QB’s that they’re not good at developing, right?

  • jhill

    Cable and his multiple game ball crap is SO …..

    Well it just bugs the shyt outta me. Game ball should have gone to ONE person, and that is Branch!

    Branch is turning into a STUD! Him and Huff are BALLIN!

    I’ll just be glad when Huff is allowed to play instead of lining up 20 yds off the ball.

  • Ryan

    I know Branch did a lot on Sunday, but it pissed me off to see him just stand there when Palmer stretched for the pylon for his first TD.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    WCO, Shotgun, Pro-Set, doesn’t matter, JR could not put the ball through a tire at 2 feet.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Brandon Myers! Great play on STs.

    Why can’t this guy get on the field in more two TE sets? The guy can catch and block…DHB can’t catch!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Repost:
    Fabian was 2005 draft pick. Surprise. A 4.25 40 in the combine caught AD’s eye. Who would have thought? lol

  • jhill

    Because Tony Stewart is actually playing pretty well. Funny how 2 of the guys who we drafted replacements for have stepped their games up big time. Meyers and Mitchell can’t get on the field b/c Branch and Stewart are playing really well.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Hey Exla…nice to see Bynum playing so well along side Pau isn’t it?

    The Celtics are going down in June!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota,
    Lakers in 6 !!

    I got smoked in FF. Game was over after Thursday night! LMAO

  • jhill

    That may be true ExLA, but if you are going to draft a raw kid like that, why not go with a systems that TRIES to play to his strengths? Even if he only has 1 or 2 of them, play to those.

    WCO ????

    That was never going to work.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Just when I thought I could count on Manning for 40 pts. That”s Peyton.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I got smoked in FF. Game was over after Thursday night! LMAO
    ______________________________

    Join the club…

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    We have talented players!

    Get them a decent coaching staff and get out of their way Al!

    FOOOOOOOOK!

  • jhill

    The old ass Celtics will not be playing in June. There is no reason to think that Orlando and Atlanta won’t take them out.

    Lakers vs Magic. Lakers in 5.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Al probably only watched the wipeout of OSU by LSU and said “That’s my QB!” Should have taken Troy Smith at QB in the 6th.

  • jhill

    Mitchell is going to be an absolute wasted pick. I guess it’s one of those good problems to have since Huff and Branch are playing lights out.

    But what are we going to do with Mitchell?

    He is NOT a FS, and he is NOT taking Branch’s spot.

  • TrueRaider

    Really what we need next year is a solid huge NT like the kid from Alabama, Cody I think. He is hybrid so he can play the 3-4 and 4-3 and so huge he is a run stopper. With Seymour, Bryant and if we take this kid we have solid rotation and we might be able to stop the run but we still need to take a strong MLB. We should focus our first 3 picks on DL, LB and maybe a CB to replace Routt. After that we focus on RT, RG, C, and Kick Returner.

  • YoungAmerican

    99′ Matt Stinchcomb
    00′ Sebastian Janikowski
    01′ Derrick Gibson
    02′ Phillip Buchanon
    03′ Nnamdi Asomougha *
    04′ Robert Gallery
    05′ Fabian Washington
    06′ Michael Huff
    07′ JaMarcus Russsell
    08′ Darren McFadden
    09′ Darrius Heyward-Bey

    —————-

    The last ten drafts really speak volumes, don’t they? Three starting-caliber players in ten years.

  • jhill

    Troy Smith?????

    Well if you want to go back that far, we really should have drafted AP and seen what a RB would do for a young QB like Walter. Draft AP, keep Moss, and hire a coach who would not try and put that trio in a WCO or Bed and Breakfast.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    YoungAmerican Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    99′ Matt Stinchcomb
    00′ Sebastian Janikowski
    01′ Derrick Gibson
    02′ Phillip Buchanon
    03′ Nnamdi Asomougha *
    04′ Robert Gallery
    05′ Fabian Washington
    06′ Michael Huff
    07′ JaMarcus Russsell
    08′ Darren McFadden
    09′ Darrius Heyward-Bey

    —————-

    The last ten drafts really speak volumes, don’t they? Three starting-caliber players in ten years.
    ——————————————-
    That’s 11 drafts you posted. LMFAO

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    For the first 9 games, B&B didn’t look bad in comparison. LOL

  • jhill

    True,

    If we dradt DT in rd 1, that means the end of the TK era in Oakland. Would have to. Bryant, Shaugnessy, and Scott have all been nice young additions to our Dline that will continue to get better. I think the key is Seymour. If for some reason he doesn’t come back next year, we 100% need to do Dline. If he does come back, I say LB, like we should have taken Maulauga last year.

  • jhill

    How sad is that ExLa?

  • YoungAmerican

    That’s 11 drafts you posted. LMFAO

    ————-

    Haha, copy/paste fail. My bad.

    That said, Matt Stinchcomb wasn’t exactly lights-out or anything, so the point still stands.

  • YoungAmerican

    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.

  • los raiders de don rober

    KoolKell Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    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.

    So, it’s not just QB’s that they’re not good at developing, right?
    _____________________________________

    How the hell should I know. Give me something to compare it to. How many did the Liosn develop? The Pats? The Cowboys? etc…math 101 baby.

  • jhill

    Schillens is a good player, but is a big injury concern. I really hope DHB comes on before the end of the year, or else we really may be looking at WR next year. Best case scenario, we have Schillens, DHB, and Murphy to develop. Ideally we can add a solid veteran to that group who can actually get on the field. I think it’s safe to say that the JLH and Todd Watkins days are about over.

    Worst case scenario is DHB doesn’t develop and Schillens can’t stay healthy. That leaves us with Murphy and a HUGE need to take WR in rd 1.

    Uggghhhh!

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    4evaRaider Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 10:53 am
    lmao…some sissy typing on a key-board and saying it wasnt an “earned” win.

    4eva :cool: since you :cool: manned up after the Bronco game :cool: it’s my :cool: turn to man up. Anytime a team put’s themself in a position to be close enough at the end of a game to make the winning FG, it is an “EARNED WIN” :shock:

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

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

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Anyone tell JR yet that he’s not starting anymore?

    Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell admits it – it’s going to be kind of cool to face Ravens legendary linebacker Ray Lewis for the first time.

    “It’s going to be a lot of fun, I promise,” Russell said. “You get a chance to play against some of the top guys in the NFL and bring your level up.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/24/SP5T13NMRE.DTL#ixzz0XjPp3uPU

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Oops brain fart, I looked at an old article. Laughing at myself. Pile on!!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    With that it’s time to go. I had to take my 5 yr old to the hospital for a 2 1/2 hr coughing spell. Stopped as soon as we got there.

    Whip them Cowgirls.

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

    its all good Ex…Playas fugg up

  • NorthernD

    7 DB’s on that list. Al’s always been a big believer in having shutdown corners and dominating, knock out safeties.
    He had great success with George Atkinson and Jack Tatum, but that was back in the days when you could “clothesline” receivers coming over the middle. That’s why he reached for Mike Mitchell in the 2nd round. Must have reminded him of Jack Tatum.
    But the rules have changed and you can barely touch WR’s now. Knocking guys out with helmet to helmet hits isn’t in the game plan anymore.
    I wish someone would tell Al before they draft USC safety Taylor Mays next, instead of someone they can actually use.

  • 4evaRaider

    Thank You Happy Troll
    *************************************************

    Trolls 35 Raiders 0 Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    4evaRaider Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 10:53 am
    lmao…some sissy typing on a key-board and saying it wasnt an “earned” win.

    4eva since you manned up after the Bronco game it’s my turn to man up. Anytime a team put’s themself in a position to be close enough at the end of a game to make the winning FG, it is an “EARNED WIN”

  • http://atm Raider O

    Jhill,

    I would move branch to FS, and play Mitchell at SS. I know Branch is playing great at FS, but I think he can even do better at FS. He can use his speed more, he ran around a 4.35, and we all one he can tackle!

    Just my opinion

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

    4eva…

    happy troll is hella coo I wonder who he is??

  • 4evaRaider

    Happy Troll…

    In the violent,mad,crazzzy NFL,I think ever inch has 2 be earned.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Patrick Gibson!!!!

    LMAO

  • 4evaRaider

    408 I dont know who Happy Troll is but he mans up more than some in here,imo

  • http://atm Raider O

    Patrick Gibson could hit, but he was dumb!
    LMAO @ “Patrick Gibson”

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

    4eva… has andrews mom been around lately???

  • VanHeathen

    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…

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

    VanHeathen

    Id like if Big Al got us a GM but it aint gonna happen… LOL

  • 4evaRaider

    Enjoy

  • http://atm Raider O

    I think Al will keep Cable for another year, and that will be a huge mistake!

    Hire Jim Harbaugh!
    Hire Fassel!
    Hire Del Rio!
    Hire Gilbride!

    Just please fire Cable!!

  • 4evaRaider

    Ooops sorry 408 didnt see that…Yes Him and Vegas and Chris in NY and ME were all talking how Cincy could be beat and how 2 do it,4 about the last 4 days.Changed his moniker if you didnt know b/c her son no longer plays 4 us

  • VanHeathen

    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…