Pre-minicamp notes


The Raiders hold their mandatory minicamp starting Friday with practices at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. the first two days and a single session at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.

There is no confirmation on the signing of undrafted free agents, and as far as anyone can tell, the company line given by coach Tom Cable that JaMarcus Russell would compete in minicamp after the acquisition of Jason Campbell hasn’t changed.

Last year, when Derrick Burgess reported to minicamp but was angling for a trade, the team said he missed workouts because of the “stomach flu.”

Last season’s mandatory camp had some early warning signs of what was to come as Darrius Heyward-Bey had trouble holding the ball and ended the weekend with a hamstring strain, second-round Mike Mitchell also had a hamstring pull. Russell struggled to complete even the most routine pass routes.

During the first minicamp practice, there were 10 fumbled exchanges on center snaps.

The camps are “non-contact,” with no tackling or full-on blocking. It’s most choreography, teaching footwork and timing.

EXTRA POINTS: It appears Rock Cartwright is serious about being the new Justin Fargas. He was issued No. 25. Still no number given to Jason Campbell, who may be negotiating with Jonathan Holland for No. 17. (UPDATE: The roster on Raiders.com has been updated with Campbell wearing No. 8 ) . . . Holland is back at wide receiver after moving to cornerback last year . . . locker rooms are not open during minicamps and it remains to be seen who will and will not be made available following practice sessions. The Raiders usually bring rookie draft picks into the media room on the first day of minicamp, a practice that precludes the possibility of talking to certain veterans . . . got a mobile Twitter feed up and running Thursday and the plan is to post updates from the field . . . players began arriving Thursday for medical checks.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can’t believe we’re having a debate about racism without Kell!

    YOU PEOPLE wait a while. keep your pants on.

  • inonewordraider

    at 9:29 am at the Raiders practice facility:

    Jason Campbell-studying the playbook

    Bruce Gradkowski-studying the playbook

    Charlie Frye-studying the playbook

    Kyle Boller- studying the playbook

    Jamarcus Russell-reading a comic book

  • Bo just called Jews a race!!!

    LMAO at his Mich Education!!!


    Do you see why we have problems here?

  • Dakota…

    dont avoid the topic, of course there is racism here, where theres people, there are stupid people…

    but the talk was about profiling, and that would never be legal here, so come again fool…

  • RaiderRockstar

    why hasn’t Stanford Routt signed his tender yet ???

  • SteveAlford21

    I hate the concept of racial profiling and think it’s B.S. that they will ask someone who looks Mexican for their documentation when they stop them for speeding, but won’t check the white guy to make sure he isn’t an illegal Austrian immigrant. However, I can KIND OF see their point… the illegal immigration problem is mostly caused by illegal hispanic immigrants, not people of other races. I doubt that they’ll be checking docs for chinese people at traffic stops, so while it IS profiling, it’s profiling targeted at a particular problem.

    If a white guy has raped a woman in my neighborhood and he’s being searched for… and the cops see me walking the streets at night and stop me for I.D. and ask me why I’m walkin around at night, I wouldn’t consider that to be racial profiling, but it is… it’s just racial profiling with a purpose to try to solve a crime or prevent more crime… same as asking a hispanic for their docs. I would be pissed that I got stopped, but that’s better than stopping NO ONE and letting the rapist roam free without even trying to stop him.

    Stopping every black guy you see because you think he might be a criminal, with no evidence: BAD racial profiling.

    Asking for docs from every hispanic who has been stopped for something else already: Not really that bad of an idea in a state where illegal mexican immigration is a HUGE problem. It’s not like they’re randomly stopping people… yet. The idea is good, the problem is that it will be abused and will turn into a major ordeal.

    As a former citizen of Maricopa County, I know… Joe Arpaio is a moron, a racist, a dirty, rotten crook, and needs to be removed from office ASAP.

  • La Milicia Negra Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    dont avoid the topic, of course there is racism here, where theres people, there are stupid people…

    but the talk was about profiling, and that would never be legal here, so come again fool…

    It is not legal here either FOOL. Read the law.

  • # Raider O Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Bo just called Jews a race!!!

    LMAO at his Mich Education!!!


    Do you see why we have problems here?

    yup, I saw it, and if he believes that he must be some part racist…

  • Dakota…

    you avoiding… just the words in the law is profiling…

  • LMN, you and Raider O need to stop hating on Jews, or any other dictinct groups. Word.

  • jhill

    (Speaking of the first settlers here, not Columbus,since he never set foot on American soil)



    I know, I know, just roll with me. Too many others would need an “explanation” and I wasn’t really trying to go there.

  • RaiderRockstar

    who called Russell a bust?

    you bunch of racists!

  • Ignorant Monkey,

    Christians don’t go to Jail in Arab countries!!! Some Arab counties are Christian! WTF is wrong with you? Are you retarded?

  • you are…

  • La Milicia Negra Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    you avoiding… just the words in the law is profiling…

    Wrong. Did you know that there are white illegal immigrants too????

  • Plunketthead

    We just want the feds to protect our borders and enforce their immigration laws.

    Law abiding citizens cannot live with law breakers

    No matter what the color of skins

  • Raider O,

    Can a white foreigner become a Saudi citizen through immigration? Answer, no. Marriage is the only way, and must still be “approved” by the kingdom.

    Profile that.

  • raiderdavenv

    jerry better f ing tweet something soon, you guys are losing it.

  • jhill

    80% off on blackened fish coming soon to a restaurant near you.


    Just a mess, isn’t it?

    And I’m sure we don’t and won’t even know the half of it.

    Shouldn’t the shady CEOs who otry to cover up stuff like this and the mine explosions be subject to the death penalty?

  • Jews are a race!

    Damn you Mich!!!!!


  • jhill Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 9:35 am
    80% off on blackened fish coming soon to a restaurant near you.


    Just a mess, isn’t it?

    And I’m sure we don’t and won’t even know the half of it.

    Shouldn’t the shady CEOs who otry to cover up stuff like this and the mine explosions be subject to the death penalty?

    Yikes, okay chairman Mao.

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade the walrus for Lief Erickson or Hernando Cortez !!!

  • Raider O, pay attn. I didn’t get a Michigan education. Sadly, I was educated in Cali where the schools are a horrendnous disgrace. And don;t go blaming teacher unions, you ignorant greedy monkey. Prop 13 killed education in Cali.

  • SteveAlford21

    When he first got elected, Joe Arpaio had to have it EXPLAINED TO HIM that he couldn’t stop every car that crossed into Maricopa County to search it for illegal drugs and firearms. That bastard of an ass-hole didn’t understand that it violates the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is the worst law-enforcement official in the country and should be removed from office, then handed over to the public to be dealt with.

    He has also embezzled, lied, stolen, and generally screwed over the county for YEARS… and the morons keep re-electing him because he’s “tough on crime.” Putting guys in pink boxers and making them camp out in 120 degree heat isn’t being tough on crime, it’s being a dick. He has done NOTHING to improve M.C., yet has done a LOT of meaningful damage. Sadly, he campaigns well… then again, when you steal MILLIONS upon MILLIONS, you can afford to campaign well…

  • Plunketthead

    Sheriff Joes Policemen are TRAINED by the feds on how to avoid racial profiling in ALL phases of their job.

  • kseven

    “If Russell put in the work this off-season, he will be the best QB in camp.”

    Um..he didn’t and he won’t be. But he will throw the most balls into the dirt.

  • inonewordraider

    trade the walrus for Lief Erickson or Hernando Cortez !!!


  • raideredoutL.A.

    if it smells like a honk, it is a honk!

  • SteveAlford21

    Stop talking about Jews and race! It’s a bad idea! The last time Jews and races were talked about together was at the Munich games in 1972… and those Jews never finished their races…

    *Going to hell for sure after that horribly distasteful joke*

  • I’m talking about an issue in our country The Great USA, and you ignorant monkeys start attacking Arab countries because you think I’m attacking you!!

    Monkeys!!! Ignorant Monkeys!!!!

  • A foreigner can work for the Saudi kingdom for 50 years, but when it is time to retire they are profiled to the border and told they must leave.


  • SteveAlford21

    Alright, people… I REALLY have to get the shop cleaned before we open… I just can’t break away from this blog today! Must… go… work…

  • Damn Cali’s education!!!!

  • jhill

    but one has to admit that it wasn’t just white people who were responsible for black slaves being here in the U.S.


    I am well aware that Chris and the funky bunch were Spanairds.

    As I’m sure that you are aware that there was a black market (no pun intended) version of the slave kidnapping/trade thingie too, right?

    Not everyone pulled up at the local Slaves-R-Us to pick up their “workers”, lol.

  • inonewordraider

    Do you think women feel inadequate when they see Jamarcus tits?

  • Plunketthead

    You have attacked whitey all morning with name calling and insults.

    Are all muslims like you?
    Name calling drama queens?

  • Bo,

    Yes sir!! They also don’t pay taxes!!!!!!

    Keep trying you ignorant preppie monkey, and don’t focus on the important issue of racial profiling!!

  • Where in the constitution does it say that law breaking illegal immigrants have the right to prevent law enforcement from calling in and requesting a check on their immigration status?

    If I get pulled over law enforcement has the right to call in a warrant check on me. WTF is the difference?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Do you think women feel inadequate when they see Jamarcus tits?



  • RaiderRockstar

    trade the walrus for Ponce de León or John Cabot !!!

  • I’ll bet the KFC double-down sandwich feels pretty inadequate when it sees “Shoelace” Russell’s gut.

  • I love this country and what it stands for, but YOU IGNORANT MONKEYS will destroy it one day.

    Stop the Ignorant Monkeys from destroying our great country!!

    GWB was an ignorant monkey just like You People!!!

  • Dakota Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    If I get pulled over law enforcement has the right to call in a warrant check on me. WTF is the difference?


    Illegal immigration is a civil, federal penalty. Not a crime. Local cops have no jurisdiction AT ALL unless they have been federally deputized to address immigration violations.

  • That is the problem with you monkeys!! You cent focus?!?

    Who cares if they eat dick and sleep on ass in Saudi?!
    We are talking about Racial Profiling in the USA!!!!

    Damn you Monkeys!!!

  • RR,

    You sir are not a monkey!!

  • 831GoldenState

    Hearing Russell is here . . . we’ll see if he practices or watches . . .
    2 minutes ago via PockeTwit

  • Stop the species profiling. Monkeys got rights.

  • # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    LMN, you and Raider O need to stop hating on Jews, or any other dictinct groups. Word.

    HAhhahahaha, I have j3ws in my family, and some of my best friends are mus1im…

    you were the one saying jews was a race… thats racist, isnt it?

    please show me where i have been hating on j3ws? or any distinct group?

    I admit, I dont care for Mormons or jehova’s witnesses or Scientology, to me they are the same, nothing else but a money-machine…

  • inonewordraider

    Updated: April 30, 2010, 12:00 PM ET
    Russell inspires ill-will in Oakland By Mark Fainaru-Wada ESPN

    It’s the parking lot of the Oakland Coliseum, and the Raiders have lost again. Badly. A 23-3 home loss to the hated Denver Broncos on an unseasonably warm, late September afternoon. Raider Nation is trudging out of the stadium in a too-familiar scene, and one player’s performance overshadows all others.

    The fans have just witnessed quarterback JaMarcus Russell pass for 61 yards, throw two interceptions and tally a meager 22.6 passer rating. So, in the aftermath, one Raiders devotee unburdens himself of his No. 2 Russell jersey, douses it with lighter fluid and burns it in effigy. Soon, 25 to 30 fans have gathered around, cheering wildly and shouting epithets.

    “Burn it!”
    “F— JaMarcus Russell!”
    “You piece of s—!”
    “You punk!”
    “You’re a piece of garbage!”

    The last rites of Russell finally are halted when a police officer stomps out the flaming jersey, eliciting a chorus of disapproval from the frothing mass.

    Don Staben Jr., a 28-year-old lifelong Raiders fan, sees the commotion as it is just beginning, pulls out his cell phone and records the act for YouTube posterity.

    “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” recounted Staben Jr., a union plumber who lives in Antioch, about 40 miles northeast of the Coliseum. Staben said the only thing that bothered him about the scene was that it was a Raiders jersey being torched. “Being a Raiders fan, I don’t like to see our memorabilia getting burnt.”

    Did it seem at all excessive?

    “No, it didn’t strike me as excessive,” Staben said. “In the context of that game, you had to have been there or at least seen the game to understand the way he was perceived on that particular day.”

    There’s hatred, and then there’s sports hatred, a bastardized version that is largely accepted as harmless because, well, you know, fans will be fans. The sports zealot is readily dismissed as an amusing, face-painted, screeching sort who’s merely indulging his passions to escape the real world.

    There are either glorious heroes or bitter enemies, with little room for nuance.

    But there’s something about how Russell has engendered such loathing within Raider Nation that it has become almost frightening to watch. So embittered is the fan base at this point that the team’s recent trade for former Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell — which could lead to the release of Russell — has to be viewed not only as a possible upgrade for the team but also as a potential escape from hell for Russell.

    Randy Novelli was at that same Broncos game, toting along his video camera. A local, part-time disc jockey and radio host who goes by the name DJ Kazzeo, Novelli had decided to record what random fans thought of Russell and then share their responses through YouTube. Like a lot of the faithful, Novelli had harbored huge hopes that, after the Raiders made Russell the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL draft in 2007, the franchise finally would emerge from a sustained bout of badness.

    Raiders fans haven’t exactly been enthralled with quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

    The Raiders were coming off a 2-14 season and had four consecutive years of at least 11 losses when they chose Russell out of LSU. After a prolonged holdout, the 6-foot-6, ever-widening quarterback (he was listed at 252 pounds in college but arrived in Oakland reportedly pushing 270) signed a six-year, $61 million contract — $32 million of which was guaranteed. In December, when Russell entered his first game of what would be a 4-12 season, he received a standing ovation from Raider Nation.

    Weak in many areas, the Raiders finished the 2008 season 5-11, with Russell as the starter. And though he had a respectable year, the No. 1 draft choice and self-described “chosen one” was becoming a lightning rod. He had weight and work ethic issues, and to many fans and teammates, he appeared neither to care nor feel he bore any responsibility for the team’s continued woefulness.

    Russell declined to be interviewed for this story but issued a statement through his agent acknowledging he has areas to improve upon and saying he is working to get better.

    By September of last season, the 38-year-old Novelli and seemingly every other Raiders disciple had turned on Russell. Novelli thought it would be enlightening to solicit opinions about Russell at the stadium. And so, as a sea of Raiders fans exited the Coliseum following the Denver loss, he simply pointed his video camera and asked, over and over again, “What do you think of Russell?”

    Oakland police officer: “I think they should have got Michael Vick.”
    Smiling fan, making peace sign, then changing tune when asked question: “He sucks, that guy is bad.”
    Very large, face-painted fan, wearing sombrero: “F— Russell.”
    Random guy, with arm around his girlfriend: “Sucks, sucks, sucks.”

    Ultimately, Novelli turned the camera on himself and said, “There you have it, I proved my point: JaMarcus Russell, you f—ing suck!”

    Novelli didn’t catch the burning of the jersey in the parking lot, but he did see it on YouTube. Did it seem excessive?

    “I guess I would have to liken it to Al Qaeda burning American flags. They hate us and we as Raider fans hate JaMarcus,” Novelli said, laughing.

    Two and a half months later, on the other side of the country, about a half-dozen guys gathered in the basement of Dan Vassalluzzo’s New Jersey home. The group of Raiders faithful once consisted of 25 to 30 members who would convene every football Sunday in a local bar that, despite being in the heart of Eagles country, set aside a back corner for the gang in silver and black.

    By 2009, though, thanks to marriages, kids and consistent ineptness by their beloved Raiders, the group had dwindled to maybe six die-hards, meeting on game days at Vassalluzzo’s pad. Their 35-year-old host, a Raiders fan since childhood, has two tattoos honoring his team and a roomful of memorabilia: figurines, painted plates, flags, banners, a model team plane and several bobbleheads.

    On Dec. 13, the New Jersey branch of Raider Nation came together in the basement to watch its team play the Redskins. Oakland, with Russell finally benched in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, had won two of its three previous games and fans had embraced not just Gradkowski but anybody other than Russell.

    At the half, the Raiders trailed just 17-10, and hope persisted. But Gradkowski left the game with a knee injury, was replaced by Russell, and that was the end. In the second half, Oakland’s offense gained just 39 yards, and the Redskins won 34-13. Russell finished 10-of-16 for 74 yards, with one interception. He was sacked six times.

    Afterward, admittedly alcohol addled, the New Jersey bunch turned on Russell.
    “All at once, we looked at the bobblehead, and it was just smiling at us,” said 31-year-old Brett Triantafillou, one of the die-hards. “We grabbed it and ran out back. At first we were gonna just stomp it, but we thought fire would be better.”

    Triantafillou recorded the scene on his cell phone, and, using a can of bug spray as an igniter, the Russell bobblehead was set ablaze.

    Over raucous laughter in the background, the men derided Russell.
    “Light him up!”
    “JaMarcus, you f—ing suck!”
    “Your goddamned f—ing overpaid contract!”
    “Burn baby burn!”

    Asked months later whether the group might have gone too far, Triantafillou, a freelance videographer, said, “We figured there’s worse things on the Internet. If you take it so seriously, there’s something wrong with you. It’s football. It’s not like we were gonna go across the country and find the guy.”

    There are 333 members on the JaMarcus Russell Sucks Facebook page. There is a JaMarcus Russell Sucks blog. There are thousands of pages that reference Russell in the same breath as Ryan Leaf, arguably the biggest bust in NFL history.
    “He’s almost despised here,” said Gary Peterson, a columnist with the Bay Area News Group who has covered sports in the area for 31 years — from the legendary Bill Walsh San Francisco 49ers teams to the consistently bad Raiders teams of the past seven seasons.

    Peterson has watched Russell’s tenure in Oakland devolve into the Theater of the Absurd. In early March, as homage to Tiger Woods’ reported stint in sex rehab, Peterson made a joking reference at the end of a column that Russell had entered a clinic for treatment of “lethargy addiction.”

    Within hours, a local TV station reported Russell’s alleged affliction as fact, and soon the Internet was awash with stories about the quarterback’s malady. Peterson had picked the word lethargy after turning to dictionary.com in an effort to ensure he selected just the right term. How did “lethargy” speak to him about Russell?

    “Basically everything you would characterize his career as being,” he said. “A lack of will, a lack of energy, just someone who won’t apply himself.”

    Peterson said that feeling persisted not just among fans but also throughout much of the organization.

    “Oh, you get that message all the time,” he said. “It’s either inside the locker room or out, it’s either off the record or spoken in code, but the unrelenting message is: He does not work hard at it and he’s not fully invested in the outcome, and if the check’s cashing, he’s happy.”

    And therein, Peterson says, lies the root of the extreme bitterness directed at Russell by Raider Nation. It’s not just that the team has had three more double-digit losing seasons, making it seven in a row for the organization with a self-proclaimed “Commitment to Excellence.” Nor is it just that he doesn’t seem to be getting better. Or even that he seems to fumble with ridiculous regularity.

    No, it’s the apparent aloofness — real or imagined — that stands out.

    “I think people are angry that he doesn’t seem to get it,” Peterson said. “… Maybe he doesn’t understand that he’s supposed to work harder or he is content not to work harder, and I think that just adds, that just takes the fans’ discontent and it just explodes exponentially. They can almost abide a guy who can’t play well, but fans here will not abide a guy who doesn’t play well, maybe in part because there is a limit to how hard he will work at it.”


  • Raider O,

    How is it racial profiling when illegal immigrants come in all colors? They are simply trying to clean up an illegal immigration problem in Arizona. If a white guy can’t produce a valid AZ driver’s license when pulled over then he will be checked too in case he is an illegal immigrant from Ireland.

    If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.