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Cable weighs in on Russell, offseason moves, at NFL owners meeting

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 1:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Note: Raiders blogger extraordinaire Jerry McDonald is taking a well-deserved vacation this week, with the exception of today’s Live Chat. So, bear with me as I do my best to bring you the latest on the Raiders and fill the considerable void during Jerry’s absence.
 
Raiders coach Tom Cable met with the media Tuesday as part of the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. We weren’t in attendance. However, we managed to get a hold of some of the video and transcripts from what Cable said, which wasn’t much in terms of breaking new ground.

Of note, Cable said that Russell has taken a “huge step” just by taking part in the Raiders offseason workout program, that he is doing everything asked of him by the organization and that the starting quarterback job is “wide open.”

“He’s doing fine,” Cable said of Russell in a one-on-one interview with NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora. “The fact that he’s there working now with his teammates is really, really important. It gives him a chance now, when we start practice, to go in and compete for the job with the other quarterbacks. Just be very clear, he’s there, he’s working, and that’s a huge step for him. That will give him his chance.”

His chance? So that’s what it has come to for the player selected with the first pick of the 2007 NFL draft. He has a chance.

Naturally, the subject of Russell’s weight was a hot topic for reporters gathered around Cable on Tuesday morning. But Cable wasn’t biting on any questions that pertained to Russell’s weight.

San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami reported last week that Russell tipped the scales at 271 pounds when he reported to the offseason workouts in Alameda last Tuesday.

Cable said now is not the time to discuss Russell’s weight, instead keeping the focus on the fact Russell is working out with his teammates.

Cable did say that Russell holds the key to erasing the unyielding criticism that shadows him every step of the way during his odyssey from No. 1 draft pick to whatever lies ahead.

“It’s like anything in life, you can bring that on yourself,” Cable said. “If you want to not let that be who you are, then you need to do something about it. So you change.”

By all accounts, Russell has made a concerted effort to change his ways. He worked out at a training facility in Arizona earlier this offseason. He also is eating prepared meals and being monitored by former Raiders safety Eddie Anderson.

“The fact that he’s there working is really important right now,” Cable said. “That’s the biggest step right now, and that’s a big step.”

In other news, Cable said that Khalif Barnes was re-signed the first day of free agency as a replacement for departed veteran Cornell Green. Barnes is in line to replace Green at right offensive tackle, with Erik Pears in the mix, as well.

Green signed with the Buffalo Bills early in free agency, and the Raiders are intent upon finding someone who can provide an upgrade at what has been a problem area.

To that end, they reportedly sent offensive line coach Jim Michalczik to Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday to work out Texas Christian offensive tackle Nic Richmond in advance of the NFL draft.

Richmond goes 6-foot-8 and 322 pounds and is projected as a right offensive tackle in the pros.

Cable also uttered the words Darren McFadden and Michael Bush have been waiting for the past two years: the starting job is there for the taking now that Justin Fargas isn’t on the roster.

Cable said that he isn’t in favor of a tandem backfield and that he wants one of those two to develop into an every-down back.

“We’ll move forward with those two guys,” Cable said. “I think it will help both of them that they will get more work. The question with (McFadden) is, now that he’s healthy, can he be an every-down back? And I think he can be.”

As for Kamerion Wimbley, the player the Raiders acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns earlier this month, Cable said he projects as the starting strong-side linebacker.

Ricky Brown, Jon Alston, Sam Williams and Thomas Howard manned that position last season, with Howard moving there once Trevor Scott was converted from defensive end.

Howard still hasn’t signed the one-year contract offered by the Raiders. If he signs, look for him to return to his customary weak-side spot, with Scott going back to end.

Matt Shaughnessy is the right defensive end until further notice, Cable said. He split time with Greg Ellis at left end a majority of the time last season.

Cable went without an offensive coordinator last season because he called the plays. Managing general partner Al Davis was less than thrilled with the Raiders scoring only 17 touchdowns in 16 games, so he hired Hue Jackson as the offensive coordinator.

It was assumed that Jackson was hired, in large part, to help develop Russell, in hopes he could weave the same kind of magic he did in bringing along Joe Flacco the past two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Not so, Cable said. Jackson’s primary job is to get Oakland’s offense to “score more points. Plain and simple. With him, it’s not just one guy. He’s got to get 11 guys on the same page and moving in the right direction. We need to score at least two touchdowns and a couple field goals a game. If we can do that, if we can get better play at quarterback, we’ll be fine.”

Working with Russell still belongs to quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, Cable said.

The Raiders re-signed defensive tackle William Joseph. He has been a backup the past two seasons after spending five seasons with the New York Giants. Joseph has a decent shot of making the 53-man roster as a backup to Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant.

The league handed over a seventh-round draft pick to the Raiders on Monday when they announced the compensatory selections for the upcoming NFL draft. The pick is No. 251 overall.

According to Raiders.com, linebacker Ricky Brown and fullback Luke Lawton have signed their tenders. When asked by reporters about the fullback position Tuesday, Cable named Lawton and Marcel Reece but made no mention of Oren O’Neal.

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  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    is mcnabb still black ? naahh ill pass

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    i mean even tho mcnabb is one them goofy wannabe be white black dudes . he mat still possess the laziness and stupidity of black q.b.s . i mean. hes a fukkin idiot 4 sayin he didnt know bout overtime rule. what a moron!!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    I rather have guys like Pennington or Chris Campbell than a tool like McNabb..

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raiders4eve,

    I say give them the 1st round pick. Al is just going to waste the pick on Bruce Campbell and his freekn 40 yard dash time.

    Get McNabb, sign him to a 4 year contract and watch the Raiders finally have an offense for the 1st time in 8 or 9 years.

    McNabb makes Schilens better, Zach Miller better, Louis Murphy better and Johnnie Lee Higgins better. Bush becomes a beast as teams no longer just load 8 and 9 in the box….DMAC becomes more effective as a receiver.

    Do the deal Davis. Trade the 2nd…if they turn that down…give’m the 1st. You don’t need Bruce Campbell’s unfulfilled potential on this team

  • Alameda_Lee

    More on Jamarcus who do you thinks these teams are that would want Jamarcus??

    The Oakland Raiders might be interested in acquiring Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles, but folks are quick to point out the improbability of such a deal.

    To check out my article about this on bayareasportsreport.com, click here .

    A source who has followed JaMarcus Russell’s offseason workouts says the quarterback heard that there are teams in the NFC South, and another club in the AFC South, who would be willing to trade for Russell if the Raiders want to unload him and his contract.

    The quarterback saga for both the Raiders and Eagles goes on.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    nope . i have spoken . no on mcnabb. even 10 yr old kids know that when overtime is over , the game ends in a tie ..

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    then the uncle tom says , ” wel what happens in the playoffs ?” U FUKKIN DUFUS! WHAT U THINK HAPPENS ? OH! THEY JUST END A PLAYOFF GAME IN A TIE ?

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # La Milicia Negra Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I rather have guys like Pennington or Chris Campbell than a tool like McNabb..
    ________________________________________________________

    LOL, that would be JASON Campbell…

  • Seymour Bush

    # Alameda_Lee Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    More on Jamarcus who do you thinks these teams are that would want Jamarcus??

    The Oakland Raiders might be interested in acquiring Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles, but folks are quick to point out the improbability of such a deal.

    To check out my article about this on bayareasportsreport.com, click here .

    A source who has followed JaMarcus Russell’s offseason workouts says the quarterback heard that there are teams in the NFC South, and another club in the AFC South, who would be willing to trade for Russell if the Raiders want to unload him and his contract.

    The quarterback saga for both the Raiders and Eagles goes on.
    ==================================================

    of course there are teams that would want Russell. But of course those are long time football people who have been in the NFL for decades. Most of you on the other hand…..

  • ottocrat

    If the Rams get McNabb, then they probably won’t be drafting Bradford.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Do you think McNabb is ready to give up on his career by coming to Oakland?

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    so someone actually wants jruss? u serious ? .. ok if al davis doesnt act on this even ill have to turn on him .

  • ottocrat

    That story on the bayareasportsreport.com was written by a blogger with zero credibility. Nobody in the NFL is stupid enough to trade for that loser…Unless, the Raiders can figure out a way to trade JaRerun to themselves.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    No way, Kell. It’s way too soon for McNabb to do the Raider thing and collect a check at the NFL’s club wuss for veterans. He’s still got a few years of real football in him, playing for real teams.

  • The Big Banana

    Well, if the Raiders are truly interested in McNabb – as has been reported – and they don’t end up getting him; it could mean that they’ll be looking to pick a QB in the draft. Unless they’re purely just looking at this as an opportunity to get a proven vet QB.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    The Eagles would never punish McNabb by trading him here.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    McNabb is 33 or 34. So he could have another 4 good years left.

    Also, how do you take Pennington or Jason Campbell over McNabb? All McNabb has done is:

    1. Taken his team to the playoffs 8 of 11 years
    2. NFC Championship Game 5x
    3. 1 Playoff appearance against a team that cheated

    And all this with middling receiver talent with the exception of T.O for a year and only very recently with DeSean Jackson.

    Get him in here…because the Raiders haven’t won more than 5 games in 8 full years

  • Alameda_Lee

    The story said Jamarcus heard there were teams interested in him.I would say now is the time to trade because after he flames out this year Al will get nothing.He might be able to package Jamarcus with a draft pick.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I hope Al does trade Russell so these nimrod fans who think Russell is the reason we suck can see what will happen to our next QB. Hint: What eventually happened to Gradkowski and Frye?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    KoolKell Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    Do you think McNabb is ready to give up on his career by coming to Oakland?
    ======================================================
    He wouldn’t have a choice in a trade. Just like Seymour. Just bring him in, even if for just a year.

    This is the only realistic opportunity for the Raiders to get a QB because JaDavis and freekn’ Bruce Gradkowksi are no answers!

  • Seymour Bush

    Cable has said there is going to be an open competition between Gradkowski, Russell and Frye. So be it. Let it happen. One of those guys beats out Russell, which probably will happen, might embarrass him into submission.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    It would be so awesome to get McNabb here and start him. I’ll be having a field day in here this fall making fun of you guys when McNabb is either injured or getting rushed into throwing the ball away.

  • The Big Banana

    No way someone would want to trade for JRuss. If you are interested in him….

    1) get your head checked
    2) he’s not worth even 10% of his current contract
    3) just wait for the release. Raiders won’t keep him and pay over 9 mill unless he does a complete 180. Then again, we are talking about Davis so stranger things have happened…

  • ottocrat

    The story also said that the raiders are interested in trading the Sugar-Plum Fairy for Chewbaca and a Carebear to be mentioned later

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    There is no one interested in JaDavis Russell. His work ethic is so embarrasing that no one is going to touch the kid.

    IF Al can’t bring in McNAbb….then let’s hope JaDavis turns it around

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    What is McNabb going to do without an offensive line? You guys are STUPID!!!

  • Raiders4eve

    RMR

    McNabb will get traded, I guarantee. He is on his final contract just like Kevin Kolb. Philly fans don’t like him, they wanna see what they got in Kolb who is also in his final year of his contract. No team is asking for Vick and they just paid him $1.5 mill bonus money in early march, so they plan to keep him. Mcnabb is 33 and he wants a new contract (his final payday), Eagles rather give that money to Kolb. Mcnabb is gone by draft time.

  • The Big Banana

    According to a report, the Rams have offered the #33 pick for McNabb.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    i wonder what the sugar plum fairy`s cooch tastes like ?

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    Am hearing a rumor from a guy with inside sources who says McNabb could be a Raider tonite. Davis approving the idea pending McNabb wanting to be a Raider, that he’s talking with players/staff to gauge whether he wants in. And that if McNabb comes in Davis will go after TO to reunite, something more for McNabb to think about in terms of the deal.

  • Seymour Bush

    I am still not giving up on Russell.
    I have his poster over my bed, and everynight when I fall asleep, I abuse my self just thinking about his milky thighs.

    Oh darn, getting wet again.

  • Seymour Bush

    Richochet Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    OakDork: Shows you how much you know. Russell’s qb rating was 167. Go look it up.

    Richochet: But the highest you can get is 153.
    =================================================

    From College Football Stats:

    2006
    Games Attm Comp Com % Yds Y/att Int
    13 342 232 67.8 3129 9.1 8

    TD’s Rating*****
    28 167.03*****
    =====================================
    Once again, bonehead waqck-o doesn’t know what he is talking about. But then again, does he ever know what he is saying? And BTW wack-o, having a blow up doll is NOT being on a date.

  • Seymour Bush

    Nice one trolly troll. You must really be bored.

  • Seymour Bush

    Oh wait. Now I feel stupid.
    2006
    Games Attm Comp Com % Yds Y/att Int
    13 342 232 67.8 3129 9.1 8

    Russell didn’t come into the NFL until 2007.
    Now I feel really dumb.

  • Seymour Bush

    Nice to see you got around the ban trolly troll. Let’s try it again. Are you now on your moms computer?

  • Seymour Bush

    Down at the homeless shelter, trolly?

  • SteveAlford21

    Seymour (or clone),

    How the devil would Russell have milky thighs? I suppose maybe that would work if you mean chocolate milk, but the expression itself refers to soft white skin that doesn’t have a tan or pigmentation. Do you have inside information to which the rest of us aren’t privy? Does JR have white thighs?

  • LhayeS37

    the only way the trade for mcnabb could be tolerated would be the end of the nfl because of the impending strike.otherwise i would not trade any picks for that friggin’crybaby qb.trade hayward-bey and paul hackett plus a 6th rd pick.that would be ok.

  • buckeyeraider

    Rich-O,
    Put me down for Bruce Campbell on your list.

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