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Russell not the only Raider on notice

As the Raiders gather for their mandatory minicamp this weekend, JaMarcus Russell isn’t the only player whose job security will be tenuous.

Whether Russell will actually be there, as coach Tom Cable said he would, is open to question. The last thing the Raiders need is an injury which would delay the process of sending him on his way in the wake of the acquisition of Washington quarterback Jason Campbell.

Campbell is already in the area, and was spotted at a Jack London Square restaurant with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson by a reader with a who sent a photo. Russell, meanwhile has been kept out of public view.

Willie Brown’s glowing review of Russell on Comcast last month aside, you talk to a few Raiders employees informally and it’s more of a collective roll of the eyes.

(Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reported Russell is tipping the scales at 300 pounds).

The Raiders could pull the band-aid off the wound and dispense with Russell quickly unless they’re looking for a way of getting out of paying that last $3 million.

Either way, Russell can’t feel real confident about his status, and only he knows if he cares or wants to try again somewhere else.

If Russell isn’t at minicamp, then Campbell, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller will get all the work as Bruce Gradkowski recovers from a pectoral tear. (The good news on Gradkowski’s injury is that it was to the left side, and not his throwing side).

A handful of other players, who make far less money, are also less comfortable as the 2010 Raiders begin to take shape.

Among them:

WR Johnnie Lee Higgins: Coach Tom Cable was clear in his intentions for fourth-round pick Jacoby Ford. It’s also a safe bet Nick Miller, if injured during training camp, won’t be kept on the 53-man roster for 16 weeks this time around.

“I’m looking for that guy to see if he’ll take the reins of our return game and become a guy like that for us. Those are the expectations early on,” Cable said.

Any linebacker not named Rolando McClain, Kamerion Wimbley or Trevor Scott: Cable promises I’ll love how the defensive plan shakes out. If it includes attackers coming from different directions, sometimes as an end, sometimes as a linebacker, and an element of unpredictability, he’s right.

Quintin Groves, a former second-round pick, joins holdovers Thomas Howard, Ricky Brown, Isaiah Ekejiuba, Sam Williams and second-year men Slade Norris and David Nixon. Add sixth-round pick Travis Goethel, who Cable described as being a stout inside player. It’s survival of the fittest (and fastest) with a heavy emphasis on special teams.

Any offensive tackle not named Mario Henderson: Khalif Barnes will probably stick around, but nothing is certain after the picks of Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell in the third and fourth rounds. If Campbell ends up as a guard _ Cable said it was a possibility _ it opens up another spot.

Fullback Oren O’Neal: Could be just an oversight, but Cable has now left O’Neal’s name out the last two times he was asked about the fullback position. It’s a good situation for Manase Tonga, the undrafted free agent from BYU and Aragon High in San Mateo, to show if he can be an NFL quality blocker. There are unconfirmed reports the Raiders also signed UCLA fullback Chase Moline, who began his Bruins career as a linebacker.

With undrafted free agents, it’s a difficult to project. A year ago, I received a flood of e-mails and assurances that linebacker Frantz Joseph was a tackling machine and a real find at linebacker. Instead, Joseph looked a step or three slow from the outset and the gem turned out to be Harvard defensive end Desmond Bryant.

With O’Neal’s healthy and Luke Lawton starting the season under suspension, Oakland’s 2010 fullback position is wide open.

Defensive end Jay Richardson: Richardson is a point-of-attack player on a team that hasn’t been a good run-defending team for seven years. The plan for Lemarr Houston, Cable said, is to play end.

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  • The Return of Godliness

    # lefty12 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    RR-you seem to forget about McClain.Besides,you can’t double team everyone up front.Seymour draws doubles.So does Kelly.If,and it is a big if,Houston is the run stuffer at DE he is believed to be,that will free up the LBs to make plays at the LOS,not 5-9 yds down the field.If runs are forced into the middle and Sey and Kelly are eating up the blockers,well you get the picture.
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    Rolando McClain is a great player GET OVER IT

  • RaiderRockstar

    There’s a chance we run a hybrid D much like the Ravens do

    ***

    the Ravens had Sam Adams, Kelly Gregg and now Terrence Cody as NT for thier 3-4 defense

    how does that resemble ANYTHING you’ve ever seen from the Raiders since ’95 when we returned to Oakland?

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    No thank you for being a damn good smart Raider……not a fan but a RAIDER

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

    Hell yeah, I’ll toast to that! You like-wise!
    ***************************

    Man I raised a toast to Jason Campbell and Hue Jackson last night so it was damn cool!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    There’s a chance we run a hybrid D much like the Ravens do

    ***

    the Ravens had Sam Adams, Kelly Gregg and now Terrence Cody as NT for thier 3-4 defense

    how does that resemble ANYTHING you’ve ever seen from the Raiders since ‘95 when we returned to Oakland?
    **********************

    Actually when Sam Adams was there when they were winning the bowl they ran a 4-3

  • RaiderRockstar

    severe: you like Houston. I get that

    but he’s not a nose tackle. he’s a defensive end

    not sure why you think adding him to the D-Line, when we already had Seymour, Shaughnessy, Bryant & Kelly (all play basically the same position) makes our defense any better against the run ???

  • The Return of Godliness

    # severeraiderz Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    Houston>Cody no question

    ***

    severe: please don’t compare a DE to a NT

    apples & oranges bro!

    ===========================================================

    Lamarr played the 3-technique, 5 technique and nose guard in college. He was a DT that could line up at every position on the line. In the national championship game he dominated the Bama OL and was a huge why Texas had the #1 rushing defense last year. In the senior bowl he was abusing the OG and had to be double teamed. On a few plays he made Iupati look like a bum.
    ********************************

    I wasnt on board with Lamarr at first becuz I was pissed no Cody lol…water under the bridge the guy is a rookie for my favorite thing to follow inthe world. I got his back. He will be our DE…I bet he loses some weight

  • RaiderResurrection

    We use the Hybrid for blitz packages only.

    We use the Base 4-3, sometimes 4-6 if we move up a safety to stop the run.

    Doesn’t matter 4-3 or 3-4 it takes 8 guys to plug up the box on running downs.

    I like the 3-4 for blitzes because you can hide a blitz and overload one side quickly and get to the quarterback faster.

    I’m just hoping. I wouldn’t run a 3-4 Base defense.

    We’ll probably use “3-4″ 10 percent of the time.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    severe: you like Houston. I get that

    but he’s not a nose tackle. he’s a defensive end

    not sure why you think adding him to the D-Line, when we already had Seymour, Shaughnessy, Bryant & Kelly (all play basically the same position) makes our defense any better against the run ???
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    Like I said we aint done yet

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    We use the Hybrid for blitz packages only.

    We use the Base 4-3, sometimes 4-6 if we move up a safety to stop the run.

    Doesn’t matter 4-3 or 3-4 it takes 8 guys to plug up the box on running downs.

    I like the 3-4 for blitzes because you can hide a blitz and overload one side quickly and get to the quarterback faster.

    I’m just hoping. I wouldn’t run a 3-4 Base defense.

    We’ll probably use “3-4″ 10 percent of the time.
    *******************************

    Totally agree

  • DKnight007

    Raiders need to sign JOHN HENDERSON and or ALAN FANECA!

    I wouldn’t surprised if Faneca ends up back with the Steelers tho…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Actually when Sam Adams was there when they were winning the bowl they ran a 4-3

    ***

    ROG: Sam Adams was our 4-3 NT last time we went to the Super Bowl as well.

    In recent years we’ve tried to get washed up players or scrubs like Ted Washington, Terdell Sands & Gerard Warren to man the position with no success.

    Think going without a big man up front actually makes us BETTER against the run? I don’t, but I guess we’ll see!

  • The Return of Godliness

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  • lefty12

    RR-try reading Houston’s profile.The 1st thing it says is he is a RUN STUFFING DE/DT.That is his strength.Why not waiting to see what happens before you constantly whine about the run Def.!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Actually when Sam Adams was there when they were winning the bowl they ran a 4-3

    ***

    ROG: Sam Adams was our 4-3 NT last time we went to the Super Bowl as well.

    In recent years we’ve tried to get washed up players or scrubs like Ted Washington, Terdell Sands & Gerard Warren to man the position with no success.

    Think going without a big man up front actually makes us BETTER against the run? I don’t, but I guess we’ll see!
    ***********************

    Well you know RRS I wanted a fat ass to be inthe middle of the defense. I think run D is already better without Kirk and Warren there. Adding McClain helps out but we need a NT there. Hopefully Heard is ready but I’ll take John Henderson

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hopefully Heard is ready but I’ll take John Henderson

    ***

    thats what I’m saying …

  • Glutten for Punishment

    DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    Raiders need to sign JOHN HENDERSON and or ALAN FANECA!

    I wouldn’t surprised if Faneca ends up back with the Steelers tho…

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    doubt it. if my memory serves me correctly it was a bad split!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # lefty12 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    RR-try reading Houston’s profile.The 1st thing it says is he is a RUN STUFFING DE/DT.That is his strength.Why not waiting to see what happens before you constantly whine about the run Def.!
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    Its all good brother.. He is versatile…we love it! We got JC man…do you know how people are feeling in the East Bay the last 48 hours? I been in Berkeley, Oakland and today Castro Valley seeing Raiders gear. I say RAIDERS to people and they get juiced and say FUK RUSSELL!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    clearly, Al and the coaches felt that the deficiency in the run defense was at linebacker. All three starters from last year have been replaced.

    I think Seymour, Kelly, Bryant and now Houston continue to do their thing, but the difference will be McClain, Wimbley and Scott busting heads at the next level.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Why not waiting to see what happens before you constantly whine about the run Def.!

    ***

    you mean blind optimism instead of reality ???

    fine.

    woohoo! we got another DE! run defense solved!

    better?

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Hopefully Heard is ready but I’ll take John Henderson

    ***

    thats what I’m saying …
    *********************

    RRS i know you are on your stuff…I agree with you…We got one more spot to fill for the Defense to be complete…..I believe we either corrected that or are about to real soon

  • stoopidmike

    Glutten for Punishment Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    Raiders need to sign JOHN HENDERSON and or ALAN FANECA!

    I wouldn’t surprised if Faneca ends up back with the Steelers tho…

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    doubt it. if my memory serves me correctly it was a bad split!
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    Arizona….. O-line coach from pitt Grimm

  • The Return of Godliness

    # BART Bridge Blues Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    clearly, Al and the coaches felt that the deficiency in the run defense was at linebacker. All three starters from last year have been replaced.

    I think Seymour, Kelly, Bryant and now Houston continue to do their thing, but the difference will be McClain, Wimbley and Scott busting heads at the next level.
    *******************************

    I hear ya bruh…but we gotta have a fat space eater to take onthe LG and C…..its mandatory…like i keep saying hopefully Heard can fill that role or we get John Henderson

  • The Return of Godliness

    RRS….i feel ya man…but we got a real QB…..much is changing in Oakland…..The Oakland Coliseum will not be a place of puccis in 2010…ask the Oakland A’s

  • severeraiderz

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    severe: you like Houston. I get that

    but he’s not a nose tackle. he’s a defensive end

    not sure why you think adding him to the D-Line, when we already had Seymour, Shaughnessy, Bryant & Kelly (all play basically the same position) makes our defense any better against the run ???

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    Because he is strong at the point of attack and will hold the edge, unlike Ellis and Burgess did. He and Seymour will get double teamed which frees up other defender to make plays. The NT’s job in a 3-4 his to control the middle and occupy blockers, getting double teamed is occupying blockers. You have to have an NT to run a 3-4 but he does not have to be a stud, he just has to execute his responsibilities especially when you have two stud DE’s on either side of him.

  • RaiderRockstar

    BBB: if the D-Line play was fine in run defense, why did they cut Warren & Ellis?

    Kelly clearly hasn’t played up to his contract and Dick Seymour didn’t get the fat contract he probably expected … got tagged instead (players love that)

  • RaiderRockstar

    severe: i’m not going to assume that Houston (as a rookie) will command a double team like Seymour, are you?

    you’re talking about a Super Bowl/Pro Bowl calibur guy vs. a rookie 2nd rounder

  • severeraiderz

    TROG

    yeah i was hoping for a NT too but then i was thinking how man stud NT’s are there in the league and if they were so valuable how come Cody, Cam Thomas, Joseph, or Dan Williams go early in the draft. I am not interested in names, i want a guy in the middle that does his job.

  • DKnight007

    DT JOHN HENDERSON IS a player worth over paying for!

    Then it would open up the door for Tommy Kelly to restructure down his contract or be cut lose….next year?

  • The Return of Godliness

    Arent you guys freakin excited? I know MR isnt…he wants Jeff Garbage-cia back as QB

  • aig

    Pretty interesting article on Jawalrus at cbssports….

    “What makes Russell unique in bust annals is that never before have we seen a quarterback literally eat himself out of a job. Such a thing is usually reserved for offensive linemen and sitcom stars. Eventually, as his weight ballooned to nearly 300 pounds, Russell had a bouncier caboose than J. Lo. Some women pay thousands of dollars to have breasts like Russell’s.”

    http://www.cbssports.com/columns/story/13302006/raiders-russell-eats-his-way-up-draft-bust-list?tag=headlines;other

  • RaiderRockstar

    we got a real QB…..much is changing in Oakland…

    ***

    ROG: oh yeah, i’m actually pretty stoked about the offense!

    new play caller, new starting QB and 3 O-Linemen added to the mix

    Cable was almost as bad at play calling as Russell was at QB. Veldheer & Campbell essentially replaced Green & Pears. Parsons & Rodd will compete with Walker & Carlisle for the starting RG spot.

    It’ll be interesting to see if Veldheer or Campbell can snag a starter job from the beginning by outplaying Henderson or Barnes …

    no more Fargas or Walker. no more scholarships!

  • severeraiderz

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    severe: i’m not going to assume that Houston (as a rookie) will command a double team like Seymour, are you?

    you’re talking about a Super Bowl/Pro Bowl calibur guy vs. a rookie 2nd rounder

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    After seeing what he did all last season, what he did in the N.C. game against Bama, and in these all star games against future NFL players, I’m hoping that he doesnt get double teamed. If he could have his best year in college being constantly double teamed, i could only imagine what he could do against a single blocker.

  • ottocrat

    Raiders pick up Rock Cartwright..

  • DKnight007

    Old looney man Al, Cable and Waufle need to go get this BEAST to add to the middle of defense!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4cXZGkRMCY

  • Raider-405

    CSN Washington reports that Rock Cartwright is headed to Oakland

    WTF?!?!

    2010 Gary Russell?

  • ottocrat

    Report: Rock Cartwright to join the Raiders
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 26, 2010 4:48 PM ET
    Jason Campbell will have a familiar face with him in Oakland.

    Chick Hernandez of CSN Washington reports that Rock Cartwright is headed to Oakland to join the Raiders. The versatile runner can help at tailback, special teams, and on kick returns. We wouldn’t be shocked to see him play some fullback.

    Cartwright played eight seasons in Washington, totaling 222 kick returns to go with 215 carries.

  • severeraiderz

    TROG

    I meant to say that they didnt go early in the draft

  • aig

    Cartright is supposed to be a FB per knbr.

  • lefty12

    RR-What is the matter are you all upset because we didn’t draft THE guy you wanted?Sorry pal,that’s life.Get over it.It could be the coaches have a plan that you just can’t comprehend.And guess what,just because it isn’t what you want doesn’t mean it won’t work.
    Gotta go,later guys.

  • 1234567

    With Hue Jackson and Jason Campbell, we will finally het to see something we havent seen in so long. A decent screen pass. McFadden will finally be useful.

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

    McClain and Houston might help the run defense, but Jason Campbell may do even more to help the run defense by keeping our offense on the field more, and by scoring more points and making teams pass against us more, which goes towards our strength on defense.

    How many more times could I use the word more in this paragraph?

  • nader64

    last year, our defense got in the backfield and blew up plenty of plays. it was those gashers for 10-20 yards that have killed us for years. I def. think it’ll be better this year now that Morrisson won’t be tip-toeing around blocks 12 yards before the play gets to him. McClain already plays better in a booth than Kirk ever will. but yeah, give me some DEPTH on the line. Start whoever you want, but we’re gonna need more “substance” in the trenches to make a real push i think .

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    Pretty cool having your pops share on the blog, Bree…and seems to be a good influence in that you don’t seem quite so “angry”, lol.

    If you get spunky, and get close to getting banned again, now you have someone to kick ya in the ass as a wake up call ;)

    Win/win

    “mafia”

    sorry…couldn’t resist

  • Nnamdi21

    # lefty12 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    RR-try reading Houston’s profile.The 1st thing it says is he is a RUN STUFFING DE/DT.That is his strength.Why not waiting to see what happens before you constantly whine about the run Def.!

    ==========================

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/2010_off_season

    He’s got work to do in both run D and pass rush but man, talk about upside.

  • RaiderRockstar

    2010 Gary Russell?

    ***

    405: I was thinking the same thing! haha

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    How odd is it that TJ dropped off the face of the planet the exact moment Campbell’s signing was announced, and Russell’s impending doom became imminent?

    Here’s a lock bet…TJ’s copout?

    tJpriest: “RAIDERS SCREWED RUSSELL. If they would have let him play behind center with the new tackles he would have led the league in yards, shoe-in for ProBowl…it’s NOT HIS FAULT!!!!!!

    IT’S NOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

    TJ Muses of old that WON’T be coming back, lol

    · priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    You ask some dumb questions Raiderman99 have you ever heard anyone say Russell is not talented?
    Ray Charles can see Russell has unlimited talent. It’s just his application and maturity that they question. If you can’t see the obvious talent it wont do you any good for me to tell you.
    Russell highly touted, Grads wasn’t even touted he was a small school hope he can. He’s a backup QB in anyones book. Except the geniuses in here.====
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    · priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    Don’t gorget we’re watching the great Gradkowski, the next Gannon.
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    · priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    Should we put Russell in now or later, why watse snaps on this lame?
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    priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    WOW, can it get any worse this guy Grad is tooo small and to weak…………period
    Cable, admit you’re a FOOL and put the kid back in there………period

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    · priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    Russell can be developed he’s just very young as I’ve been saying, Grads can’t carry his jock. He’s small with a weak arm. The anti-Russell, no potential.
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    · priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:05 pm
    You’ll see Russell sooner than you think. He is hands down the best QB we have anting else is ridiculous. You’ll see in the next two weeks. Russell can play and has the talent to be great. These other jokers, are just jokers.

  • nader64

    Dakota Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    McClain and Houston might help the run defense, but Jason Campbell may do even more to help the run defense by keeping our offense on the field more, and by scoring more points and making teams pass against us more, which goes towards our strength on defense.

    How many more times could I use the word more in this paragraph?

    —————————————————

    Great point. Spot on. That’s often understated. In fact, you could say that some defenses w/ inferior personnel “get by” that way.

  • jhill

    I really can’t believe that there is STILL complaints about the running game.

    CMON!

    Totally agree with Lefty on this one.

    Houston-Kelly-Seymour-Shaugnessy-Bryant-Groves

    LIKE WAUFFLES LINES BEFORE …

    They will ALL lineup at different positions during different times of the game. Why try and put a label on Seymour as a DT? He’s going to play DT and DE. Same with Kelly, Houston, and Bryant.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Hey AIG:

    Thanks for that Mike Foreman article from post#430.
    That’s some pretty funny stuff except that it happened to us.

    Don’t you wish you’d written that Jerry.

  • Nnamdi21

    I think Davis really enjoyed doing the exact opposite of what people thought he’d do, which of course following a logical draft plan that addressed glaring needs.