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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.

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  • SteveAlford21

    Dakota has a point… and I have a solution, based on his point:

    We need to put citizenship status in with DMV records. That way, when an illegal gets pulled over and the cop asks for license, it will show his or her status when he gets their DMV info. If they don’t have a valid DMV-issued I.D., then they should be going to the jailhouse anyway… so their illegal status (or lack of ANY status) will show up when they do an identity search on them. Problem solved… without having to profile anyone.

  • 831GoldenState

    Stanford Routt’s been around, I hear. Must have signed 1st-3rd tender . . . why wouldn’t he?
    less than 5 seconds ago via PockeTwit

  • RaiderRockstar

    thanks O!

    I don’t consider you a “monkey” either, just a “Lizard King” or whatever it was you said

    thanks for keeping my acct at BOO in good standing :)

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

    okay, i have a hard time posting, great lag on jerrys part…

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

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

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    no

  • jhill

    Yikes, okay chairman Mao.

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    LOL!

    Just sayin’ …

  • http://atm Raider O

    Bo,

    Never!! (preppie monkey)
    LMAO

  • RaiderRockstar

    Stanford Routt’s been around, I hear. Must have signed 1st-3rd tender . .

    ***

    YES!!!

    playoffs baby

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

    If Billy Mays were still alive he would just OxiClean the schyt out of the Gulf and clean that oil right up!

    RIP Billy!

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMFAO Dakota!!!!!!!

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

    BSJ…

    its a member of a certain religion, not a race…

    I really curious what are a race to you? I really would like to know that

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    SteveAlford21 Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 9:56 am
    Dakota has a point… and I have a solution, based on his point:

    We need to put citizenship status in with DMV records. That way, when an illegal gets pulled over and the cop asks for license, it will show his or her status when he gets their DMV info. If they don’t have a valid DMV-issued I.D., then they should be going to the jailhouse anyway… so their illegal status (or lack of ANY status) will show up when they do an identity search on them. Problem solved… without having to profile anyone.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    As I noted, the problem is that immigratoin id a federal civil problem. I think the new immigration bill being debated in DC cals for including immigration status on IDs, but they may move to natoinal IDs…which scares the wingnuts.

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    I will make you CEO of BOO one day, but don’t tell Frantz.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:01 am
    BSJ…

    its a member of a certain religion, not a race…

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    It is debatable. You cannot be a Jew in Israel unless your mother was a Jew. Sounds like more than a religion to me. Maybe a tribe if not a race.

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMN,

    Bo condiders anyone who is not a White Christian a diff race! lol

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

    # 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?
    ………..

    W did it. It was an inside job.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Considers*

  • 831GoldenState

    Jamarcus Russell just broke his ankle!!! Doesn’t look good.
    1 minutes ago via PockeTwit

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

    Bo and LMN, here is the answer to your debate from a Rabbi:

    “Rabbi Ari Enkin
    Question: Is Judaism a religion or race?

    Dear Rabbi Enkin,
    I always thought that Judaism was a race and a religion. I say race because certain genetic diseases, like Tay-Sachs, are found among Central and Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jews. Please explain how this does not mean race. I am very confused on this subject.
    Thanks,
    Mindy

    Answer: Dear Mindy,

    I wish others would ask and explore the question you raise!

    While the full answer is exhaustive – the short answer is: The Jews are both a race and religion.

    Our religion is quite clear — see your nearest Biible.

    While a Christian is defined as one who follows the teachings of Jesus, a Jew is defined as one born from a Jewish mother or converted according to Jewish Law. That being said – a person remains a member of the Jewish nation for the rest of their life regardless of what religious practices that person chooses to follow/reject. And yes, as a nation we have our own culture, foods, land, and even diseases.

    I hope this helps,
    Rabbi Ari Enkin”

  • Kirk

    Bring the troops home and put them on the Mexican border.

  • RaiderRockstar

    don’t tell Frantz.

    ***

    re-sign MLB Frantz Joseph!

    stuff the run!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Thanks Dakota. LMN and Raider O, get taught please.

  • Plunketthead

    Kirk

    I have been preaching that for over 20 years now.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Russell broke his ankle? I guess that his ankle could not support his own weight anymore. To bad it was not his neck. I can see his neck giving out too, his head is to big. The guy has a pack of hot dogs on the back of his neck and under his chin. What a loser!

  • http://atm Raider O

    EFF THAT Dakota!! They Dont have Land!!!!!

  • kseven

    Hate to inject football into the discussion at this political site, but I have breaking news: apparently Jamarcus has taken his first sack of camp, players found him pinned to the ground beneath the clubhouse vending machine.

  • RNOraiderFan

    I’ve been seeing the call for Frantz Joseph in here a lot over the past few days. He guys we have a run stuffing MLB, he was drafted #8 overall, his name is Rolondo McClain.

  • http://atm Raider O

    They stole land, just like how Mich stole talent from Ohio!

    Damn you Mich!!

  • Plunketthead

    This will not end well. Its all by design in order to control everyone, no matter the color of your skin.

    They keep us fighting each other so we will not recognize the true enemy.

  • RNOraiderFan

    LMFAO! @ Kseven

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

    Raider O Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:10 am
    EFF THAT Dakota!! They Dont have Land!!!!!
    ++++++++++++

    Those with the power hold the land…just ask Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull…as soon as your brethren can muster the strength then they can have Israel back…until then….quit yer biotchin.

  • SteveAlford21

    Okay, I really AM leaving now… but I have one last comment:

    I am not a wingnut, but I don’t like the idea of a federal I.D. It has nothing to do with the rfid chip or anything like that (my passport has a chip, so that isn’t an issue for me); I just don’t want the federal gub-ment getting any bigger or having any more power over me than they already do. I want less government, not MORE. I would get into it a bit more and explain the rationale, but I REALLY have to get going. I’ll log in later from the shop, lol.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Rockstar, what did you think of the Raiders draft?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’ll log in later from the shop

    ***

    Dakota: does Steve work at your pawn shop?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Raider O Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:10 am
    EFF THAT Dakota!! They Dont have Land!!!!!

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    I think you got that backwards. Right or not, they took the land and defended it in several wars.

  • M Lonetree

    today the Cal rugby team takes on Arkansas State in a national semifinal.
    Arkansas State featuring ten South African players has its work cut out for it as the undefeated Cal Bears (24-0) have outscored opponents 1,522 – 142 this season.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dakota,

    Yes sir Mr. White Man! You sure know how to get power, take land, and kill!!!

    Teach me!!!!

  • RNOraiderFan

    I don’t think the Raiders need a NT as bad as they need a Vet CB (there are soom good ones availible) and a vet WR. I would like to see these areas of concern addressed after the june 1 cuts. Or in the case of a CB the Raiders can get a good one now.

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

    Raider O, did you know that the Jews were there before the Palestinians? You know, so really they just got back what was theirs….if you had the power to stop it you should have…although judging from the 6 day war, you guys have a long looooong loooooooong ways to go, lol.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Raider O Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    They stole land, just like how Mich stole talent from Ohio!

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    It’s about power. Mich got it, suckeyes do not.

  • RaiderRockstar

    what did you think of the Raiders draft?

    ***

    RNO: pleasantly surprised. give us a solid B+

    avoided HUGE needs at Fullback, Center, Guard and Defensive Tackle on Saturday to bring in a WR and 3 DB’s

    Jason Campbell, 2 OL and the best MLB in the draft? nice haul. plus I think Lamarr Houston might be a player (even though I wanted Cody at #44)

    your thoughts ???

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    From SFgate:

    The 10 JaMarcus scenarios

    “One person, Al Davis, is the only person who’s going to make this decision. The organization wants to get rid of JaMarcus Russell, the sentiment within the organization is to get rid of JaMarcus Russell, and the dollar signs are there to get rid of JaMarcus Russell. And it will happen. But it’s only going to happen on the owner’s timetable. Nobody’s going to tell him when to do it, or how to do it. When he wakes up one morning and decides he wants to release JaMarcus Russell, that’s when it will happen.”

    – Former Raiders GM and NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi

    I wish you could all be there with me today, holding my breath and waiting to see if JaMarcus runs out on the practice field. I was convinced Oakland would cut Russell long before this minicamp and let teammates get excited about a fresh start with Jason Campbell. But what do I know?

    Here’s what I think will happen today, and I am taking 10 shots at it so I won’t be wrong.

    The 10 JaMarcus minicamp scenarios (in no order):

    1. He decides at the last minute not to take a pay cut and Al Davis cuts him.

    2. The matter is unresolved by 10:30 a.m. and Russell does not practice due to a flu.

    3. He takes a big pay cut (the veteran minimum of $630,000) and says he wants to compete for the starting job. Birds chirp, and in the distance a rainbow.

    4. Not only that, but Russell weighs nowhere near 300 pounds and takes a minute to blast all the bloggers, tweeters and haters out there.

    5. Russell goes three bills, does not take a pay cut, Davis lets him run out there, Russell pulls a hamstring … cha ching.

    6. The Raiders let him keep the full $6.45 mil more he has coming (plus the guaranteed 3 mil) on one condition. He goes both ways and gives them 10 plays a game at defensive tackle.

    7. He takes a pay cut, offers to give some of the $36 million he already collected back and then suggests that maybe Cal football coach Jeff Tedford defray some of the student fee increases by giving half a mil back himself.

    8. He takes a smaller paycut, on one condition: Everything he says to the media today has “Lane Kiffin’s fault” in the middle of it.

    9. He buys out Davis, cuts Campbell and has a ball as player-owner until the season starts. Then, the owner realizes he needs a better quarterback.

    10. Raiders fans wake up. It was all a bad dream. It’s 2002 and Rich Gannon is dealin’. Woo-hoo.

  • RNOraiderFan

    I’m with you, but OG and FB were addressed in UDFA. I don’t think you have to draft a FB or OG, in the Raiders case they should of looked hard at C and with so many OTs we can always move one of them to OG.

  • http://atm Raider O

    That’s not true Dakota!!! They immigrated from egypt to the the promised land, and to had to fight the natives to stay. Who do you think the Natives were? Monkeys?!?

  • RaiderRockstar

    avoided HUGE needs at Fullback, Center, Guard and Defensive Tackle on Saturday to bring in a WR and 3 DB’s

    ***

    RNO: let me explain. and also add backup MLB to that list

    depth is great and every team needs it, but I’m not sold on Satele, Carlisle, Lawton or Bryant as starters.

    I think we could have got some guys on Saturday BETTER than those 4 on the current roster.

    I hope undrafted rookies Tonga, Moline, Heard & Parsons really step it up and have a legit shot to make the team!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Anyone got a link to Jerry’s twitter?

  • http://atm Raider O

    You have power!!
    You have to win a game 1st!! You haven’t won in 5 years!!!!!

    The OSU > Mich!!

  • RNOraiderFan

    I would start OT Campbell at guard and see what the guy can do.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Raider O Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:21 am
    That’s not true Dakota!!! They immigrated from egypt to the the promised land, and to had to fight the natives to stay. Who do you think the Natives were? Monkeys?!?

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    LOL. They “immigrated” TO Egypt as slaves first.