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NFP: Raiders worked out QB Kafka

The National Football Post is reporting the Raiders worked out Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka.

Speculation about the quarterback position has been heavy with the Raiders given the struggles last season of JaMarcus Russell, whom the owe $3 million in guaranteed money and $9.45 million should he play this season.

Oakland has been linked with Donovan McNabb (since traded to Washington from Philadelphia), Jimmy Clausen (Mel Kiper Jr. has the Raiders taking Clausen at No. 8) and Tim Tebow (NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt talked of an Oakland-Tebow visit).

Kafka is considered a mid- to late-round prospect.

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  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Dumb Beeych

    You live in Sacramento, and treat yourself to an Arby’s supper on friday’s.

    Then you daydream about me.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raiderdebo,

    I was one of JaDavis’ biggest fans…and routinely defended him early on because he has the physical tools to be a true Super Bowl caliber QB….not a stop gap 7 to 9 win max type of QB.

    But the issues of weight, work ethic, playbook is really unacceptable.

    I have no problem giving JaDavis the opportunity to compete for the job and hoping the light comes on…but there needs to be real deal competition….I think Jason Campbell can be that QB to push JaDavis, Gradkowski or simply overtake them.

    We have to get back to being competitive

  • RaiderDebo

    If Clausen could only get ND to .500 in his supposed breakout season, how the hell will he lead an NFL team to anything? Brady Quinn was better at ND and look how he ended up? I hate to kill the guy, but Dnight’s worship of him is just plain weird. What could make anyone think this guy will kill it in the NFL when pro scouts don’t even have him as the best QB in the draft?

  • RaiderDebo

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    Raiderdebo,

    I was one of JaDavis’ biggest fans…and routinely defended him early on because he has the physical tools to be a true Super Bowl caliber QB….not a stop gap 7 to 9 win max type of QB.

    But the issues of weight, work ethic, playbook is really unacceptable.

    I have no problem giving JaDavis the opportunity to compete for the job and hoping the light comes on…but there needs to be real deal competition….I think Jason Campbell can be that QB to push JaDavis, Gradkowski or simply overtake them.

    We have to get back to being competitive
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Jason Cambell?? Look man, we’ve been down for seven years. JR has only played here for two. There are a lot of things we have to do to get it turned around. Giving up on JR isn’t one of them.

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  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Debo:

    Don’t really believe Clausen was responsible for the TEAM’S .500 record. Take a look at him as an individual playing on a poor team. Rather porous O-Line, rotten defense….and still managed 4 4th quarter comebacks. See HIS stats in THAT situation…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    We have to see what else what we have on the roster. Quite frankly, we just need a QB right now that can complete some passes..forget taking over games like the elite QBs do…just complete passes and keep the chains moving.

    Jason Campbell is the guy. 64% passer in 16 starts. That’s what we need right now. Just a QB to complete passes…not a scrambler, not a rocket arm, just complete some passes and let the other players on this team start developing.

    Become a run heavy offense with a STRONG focus on playing elite defense.

  • inonewordraider

    If Clausen is real confident to the point of being thought of as arrogant I like it but I saw him play enough to be convinced it’s a tossup whether or not he’ll be a good pro and he’s 6’3? Didn’t look it on the field but maybe it’s the lack of bulk that could make him look smaller. Give me a NT or a can’t miss lineman like Iupati over the next Alex Smith and I don’t mean that in a good way

  • Senior Beeecham

    Ah, just what I thought, Krappy!

    You’ve perfected the art of running and hiding. Just like you did from the Japs when you were in the Navy, right old goat? Or was that whole story made up, just like the one about owning a Swiss Chalet?

    Sorry, but I get all your tall tales confused, Krap!

    Which reminds me – when are you driving that beat up old red Hyundai in anther parade?

    HAhahahahahaha, I love it!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    RaiderDebo,

    JaDavis has to go out there and TAKE the job! My man is in his 4th year. Its just time to get out there and prove he the best QB on the roster…not rely on Al Davis fiats.

    The 7 yrs of losing has been brutal. I just want to see the team start making some progress. Not sitting on the blog having to listen to Priesttj explain to me how I should be grateful just to be in the greatness of Al Davis….while the team is getting its collective azz beaten down on the field

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    # RaiderDebo Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    If Clausen could only get ND to .500 in his supposed breakout season, how the hell will he lead an NFL team to anything? Brady Quinn was better at ND and look how he ended up? I hate to kill the guy, but Dnight’s worship of him is just plain weird. What could make anyone think this guy will kill it in the NFL when pro scouts don’t even have him as the best QB in the draft?
    ………
    Yeah, because we all know Clausen played defense too. ND’s offense was in the top 10 in the Nation.

    He finished the season with 3,722 yards passing, a 68.8% completion rate, 161.42 passer rating, 28 touchdowns, and four interceptions.

    And Clausen did get ND over the .500 mark in his sophomore season. The Irish finished 7-6 and ended its 9 game bowl losing streak.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Outside of 2 years of Gannon…the Raiders haven’t really had a good offense since the mid-80s

    Over the last 25 years…the Raiders have been at their best when they run the ball and play great defense.

    Get a beast NT (Dan Williams or trade for Haynesworth)…get a MLB..and get more creative on defensive playcalling

  • M Lonetree

    well, Clausen does have a boulevard named after his clan south of the Malecon in old Mazatlan.
    Gotta give the kid that one over most QB prospects.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Become a run heavy offense with a STRONG focus on playing elite defense.
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    If Al Davis will allow it and arrange his roster for such. BIG IF.

    wtf didn’t he do it last year?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    ND was ranked 5th in the Nation in passing.

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Taking a QB in the first or second round would be devastating IMO. I would be very interested in seeing what this team might do if incumbent QB’s got a modicum of protection! And at least one solid NT or MLB. Taking a QB right now would delete the possibility that a high draft pick might have provided one of these desperately needed improvements.

  • inonewordraider

    I’m on board w/ Campbell with a 5th rounder, mobile, tough and more and more accurate by the game forget the numbers. Don’t wanna give up too much though because we have a lotta holes to fill

  • M Lonetree

    and fighting Irishmen, all dead in battle, are still memorialized in Mexico.

  • inonewordraider

    Anyone who has any faith in Russell needs to give it up. Remember the feeling you got when Bruce got hurt or Charlie got hurt….. Nuff said

  • M Lonetree

    and California is for the most part un estado de Mexico.

    so, esotericly, Clausen is the pick.

    O-line in ’010! gimme an OT A. Davis.

  • RaiderDebo

    SinceFrankYouellField Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    Debo:

    Don’t really believe Clausen was responsible for the TEAM’S .500 record. Take a look at him as an individual playing on a poor team. Rather porous O-Line, rotten defense….and still managed 4 4th quarter comebacks. See HIS stats in THAT situation…
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Man, I’m 1st to agree with you that it’s never all about the quarterback. It annoys the hell out of me that JR is blamed for everything, including the earthquake in Haiti. The point I’m making is that based on his college career, you can’t assume he’s going to tear the league up. Or that he’d come in here and lead us to the playoffs. If he couldn’t lead take ND to a bowl game last year, why am I supposed to believe he’ll lead an NFL franchise to the playoffs this year?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    KoolKell,

    Al Davis better….otherwise its 8 years of this madness….

    Give Bush and DMAC the ball…get Campbell and let him complete 64% of his passes..even if most of them are short throws….and stop the run.

    Unfortunately, Al Davis has not demonstrated an ability to find good DTs and MLBs…nor does he value them much

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Inonewordraider Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Anyone who has any faith in Russell needs to give it up. Remember the feeling you got when Bruce got hurt or Charlie got hurt….. Nuff said
    —————————
    Anyone who has faith in Al Davis, who is 29-83 ought to give it up.

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Don’t know how anyone can have FAITH in Russell. He has not demonstrated the requisite desire and dedication to succeed. BUT, if he HAS, as some are suggesting, learned the error of his ways and is dedicating himself to his craft….I just cannot resist the curiosity to know what might be…… Especially if the team also improves in other areas (even if it is just less injuries!).

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Unfortunately, Al Davis has not demonstrated an ability to find good DTs and MLBs…nor does he value them much
    ———————————
    Unfortunately, Al Davis has not demonstrated the ability to a halfway decent product on the field in the last 20 years.

  • M Lonetree

    SnB,

    giving DMc the ball is tantamount to treason. he’s just going to give it back to the other team thereby demoralizing whoever is DT or MLB and everyone else on defense.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Jason Campbell:

    327 of 507 64.5% 3,618 yds, 16 starts, 20 TDS 15 INts 86.4 Rating

    He instantly becomes the 2nd best Raider QB in the last quarter century.

    You can get him for a 4th round pick..

    or

    you can roll the dice (LOL) with JaDavis and Gradkowski

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    M Lonetree,

    They are paying DMAC a lot of money. I think you have to give him another shot at this thing… but I would like to see him as the change of pace back and slot receiver…with some of that wildcat

    Bush should be given the ball 20x a game

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Y’all are depressing with all the negativity. Has the tone of letters to the editor I used to see in the Chronicle when the 49er were pre-Eddie.

    I will check back in tomorrow A.M. when there is a more positive/constructive vibe.

    Later, Gents!

  • RaiderDebo

    …… Especially if the team also improves in other areas (even if it is just less injuries!).
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    Russell has work to do, but your statement above is the key. The revolving door at receiver that’s been spinning since the day JR was drafted has finally stopped. We’ll get some help on the OL this year. Hue Jackson is in town. It looks like Al is finally trying to set JR up for success.

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Saved by Debo!

    But I still gotta go pick the bride up at the airport.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    It doesn’t appear the Raiders had a scouting contingent at Jimmy Clausen’s Pro Day on Friday. ESPN’s Mel Kiper believes he will be the team’s pick at No. 8. The lack of an Oakland presence doesn’t necessarily mean much, but if the Raiders were seriously considering him, they’d probably take a close look at Clausen at some point.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/11886/evening-afc-west-news-and-notes-109

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    SnB Offense Defense Specialteams Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    It doesn’t appear the Raiders had a scouting contingent at Jimmy Clausen’s Pro Day on Friday. ESPN’s Mel Kiper believes he will be the team’s pick at No. 8. T
    —————————-
    Getting close up looks at a prospect is not as important as misleading the media. -Al Davis

    Besides, Al Davis doesn’t get around much.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    SnB

    Do General Managers usually get out to these Pro-Days and such?

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Seems to me, the Raiders are desperately trying to bring any other QB for the team, other than Russell.

    They overpaid for both Frye and Bruce. Definately could have let them hit the street and not have to pay close to $4 for the both of them.

    Linked to McNabb, Sage and Campbell. Bringing in multiple rookies to eye-ball for the draft.

    If this is Jamarcus’ job to “lose”, Al sure seems to think he will lose it, and clearly wants other options.

    BTW, in Jamarcus’ short 3 year NFL career, he is never won a job (it was given to him) and clearly lost the job last year. Does he even know how to win a NFL job?

  • M Lonetree

    SnB,

    DMc has been incredibly lucky that the number one picks surrounding him have been disastrous thereby deflecting the boos from him.

    in general QBs and WRs entering the pros from college do require some development before getting “it” but an RB should be able to simply walk in and do what he has always done in HS and College. Run the freakin’ ball without tackling oneself and without coughing it up at a prodigious rate.

    But JaBarelyCares (remind you of anyone Warrior fans?) and DHBlank have shielded McF from undue scrutiny.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    KoolKell Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 5:21 pm
    SnB

    Do General Managers usually get out to these Pro-Days and such?
    =====================================================
    One would think they would get out…especially if they are making the decision.

    Beats waiting for someone to send in a YouTube clip

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Don Blankenship, CEO Massey Mines.

    This is Mining Operator and West Virginia Republican Party Shot-Caller, who put profits over the lives of the 25 dead Coal-miners, who most certainly voted against their own economic self-interests and safety.

    http://www.ohiocitizen.org/campaigns/coal/blankenshipflag.jpg

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    M Lonetree,

    True enough..and I am not fan of DMAC..

    However we’ve had some bad playcallers in here…ramming DMAC up the middle was pretty stupid

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Looks like JaDavis is getting another shot.

    View from the Bay Area

    Those were among the reasons the Oakland Raiders were interested in McNabb.

    Raiders sources say that the Eagles contacted the Raiders about a McNabb trade and that is how discussions were generated. The Raiders thought they had McNabb before he slipped through to Washington.

    Now the Raiders appear settled on at least one more season of JaMarcus Russell at quarterback. One more year with more emphasis on a sink-or-swim, get-it-done-or-bite-the-bullet approach with Russell.

    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/04/09/shanahan-believes-redskins-made-great-grab-in-mcnabb/#cmtForm

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    Another Joe Barely Cares.

    Aren’t we lucky?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    SnB

    Regarding that article, I think it’s the only logical choice they have.

    He played fairly well in Kiffin’s offense in 08′

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Kiffin’s offense?

    He played the best football of his NFL life when Cable took over the play-calling from Knapp the last half of 2008.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    But, it was still Kiffin’s offense, and they moved him and the pocket around.

    In 09′ Davis put his stamp on it by lengthening the routes and the straight drop pocket, ala 06′.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Worked pretty well for Bruce.

    Is Jamarcus so incredibly one-dimensional that he can’t succeed in that type of offense? Stop throwing it at people’s feet!!!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Bruce lasted what, 2 games?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Young QB’s taking a lot of hits is no way to develop a QB.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    3 and half, lol

    Regardless, the point being is that Bruce proved it wasn’t the offense. It was the QB.

    Last years we scored 20+ points only 4 times. The 27 in Pittsburgh, and exactly 20 three times. Opening night with Jamarcus, Cincy with Bruce and the Frye-Russell split in Denver (13 points in the first half with Frye, 7 in the second half with Russell).

    The other QB’s on the roster put more points on the board than Jamarcus. And they didn’t get the benefit of all preseason and the first 9 games of the season to get a rhythm going with the offense.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Bruce played after the team got healthy and DHB was benched, and he only lasted 3.5 games before blowing both knees out.

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    KoolKell Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
    Bruce played after the team got healthy and DHB was benched, and he only lasted 3.5 games before blowing both knees out.

    ****************************

    DHB started and played 2 of the 3.5 games Bruce played in.

    And in the Pitt game, Fargas was the feature back, Langston Walker played for the first time when Bob went out in the first half, and Chris Morris was the center.