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Raiders a national story

The press room is filling up with camera crews and reporters, awaiting a Raiders minicamp practice.

The biggest story, moreso than a critically acclaimed draft, is the status of quarterback JaMarcus Russell in light of the acquisition of Washington quarterback Jason Campbell.

I’ll be filing Twitter updates from the practice field and blog entries in between practice and interview sessions. Practices are at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Pacific time), with interview availability in between practices.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

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

    Yeah, Russell can really throw that ball…against no defense…and no pass rush….wow, that is great!

  • jhill

    Jerrymcd Russell completes back to back passes, to DHB short in traffic, medium depth to Murphy covered by 36,

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    Russell working with DHB and Murphy as the #2 QB ???

    Well who are the #1 WRs?

  • inonewordraider

    Let’s see if Mitchell can stay healthy, like his fire

  • jhill

    Yeah, Russell can really throw that ball…against no defense…and no pass rush….wow, that is great!

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    Progress indeed!

    Unless of course you forgot how things were going this time last year.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Starting to wonder if Campbell wasn’t brought in specifically as a 2 year solution to let JR mature. i.e., he sits, learns and grows up for 2 seasons, then takes over the starting job once, hopefully with his head out of his ass this time. He would only be 26…

    That’s my theory anyway. Personally, I have no confidence he’s ever growing up, but would be happy to be wrong.

  • inonewordraider

    Russell working with DHB and Murphy as the #2 QB ???

    Well who are the #1 WRs?

    Alvis Whitted and Drew Carter

  • RaiderNate

    Count me in the camp that he shocks the world! I am going to enjoy this season more than any season in recent memory. How sweet it is going to be that that young man withstood the worse onslaught of critisism possible. I mean listening to some fans, he’s hated more than G.W Bush. He’s proving them wrong already.

    Granted this is only the first practice but 98% of the sports nation didn’t even thing he’d be on the team..let alone completing back to back passes *smile*

  • JB

    Tommy Kelly having left ankle worked on

  • DMAC

    Russell still sux. This mini camp ain’t showning me schit. Not impressed at all, until I see some nice throws in live action.

  • El Tato

    Tommy Kelly having left ankle worked on
    ……………………..
    Our only DT injured?

  • ny-raider

    They tried that experiment last year. It was called Jeff Garcia. Until of course he realized JMR was goingto start no matter what he did and he had to fake a calf injury to get outta town.

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

    It will by funny as schyt when Russell pulls up lame today and Davis will have to pay the POS another $10 million.

    Pure comedy.

  • inonewordraider

    Kelly’s a DE just like the rest of our DL, good we have depth and baby Howie!

  • DKnight007

    CB W McFadden is definitely going to be a player IMO!

  • kseven

    We all know Russell does when it’s live bullets.

  • JB

    Chris Cooper jumps, blames RG Bruce Campbell. On next play, Campbell jumps. Cooper, Campbell getting after it pretty good for non-contact

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

    Chris Cooper and Bruce Campbell exchanging ideas on performance enhancing drugs….

  • ottocrat

    JaStoner spent his off-season eating butter-glazed suicidal midgets. He want to kick his gluttony up a few notches. At least there is one thing he’s passionate about, being an enormous load.

  • DMAC

    Russell: My neck, my back, my neck and by back!!!!
    Al: oh fk!!!

  • JB

    C Cooper must be jacked trying to make squad

  • El Tato

    JaMarcus needs to understand that he can do only 2 things:

    1) Not restructure contract, and that leads to be released and being considered the biggest bust of all time.

    2) Restructure and be the #2 (or even #3) QB and try to get better and win the job, learn the playbook, be in shape,…

  • big pep

    saying that j.r. is gonna be good with no d playing, is like saying my pits are great gaurd dogs when they bark at a farting bird.

  • RaiderNate

    Is it possible that he could end up #1? I mean even 1% possible?

  • jhill

    Yeah, yeah, yeah …

    In case you guys have missed the first couple of hours, the reports of Russell’s weight, were, uh, slightly exaggerated, lol!

    AND he’s actually looking pretty good so far.

    Bummer, huh?

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

    Jhill, what do you think Russell’s weight is…298?

  • inonewordraider

    Russell: My neck, my back, my neck and by back!!!!
    Al: oh fk!!!

    I could sue your for 9.45 million or we could settle out of court for a 12 piece bucket of original recipe

  • DMAC

    LMAO

  • RaiderNate

    LMAO@276

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Can’t speak for anyone else, Jhill, but I think it’s great. Given that we’re not even 2 hours into the first minicamp, though, I don’t know if it’s time to crow just yet.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Throw a Double Down in with that bucket and it’s a settlement.

  • ottocrat

    Wow, JaFunions completed two whole passes in practice. We should encourage him. Just like those kids in the Special Olympics. Everybody’s a winner! You can do it, JaPringles! You can do it!

  • JB

    ue Jackson orders offensive assistants away from huddle, wants to see recall of players with no help

  • DKnight007

    El Tato Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    JaMarcus needs to understand that he can do only 2 things:

    1) Not restructure contract, and that leads to be released and being considered the biggest bust of all time.

    2) Restructure and be the #2 (or even #3) QB and try to get better and win the job, learn the playbook, be in shape,…

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Exactly!!

  • JB

    Jackson is really taking charge – a good sign.

  • kseven

    “saying that j.r. is gonna be good with no d playing, is like saying my pits are great gaurd dogs when they bark at a farting bird.”

    Ding ding ding! We have a winner. Today’s mystery phrase was “farting bird.” I’ve been trying to cajole one of you into using that phrase for months, and now, finally.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    JB Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    ue Jackson orders offensive assistants away from huddle, wants to see recall of players with no help
    +++++++++

    And now Russell is screwed.

  • JB

    But he’s got the grunting down pat!

  • DKnight007

    JB Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    Jackson is really taking charge – a good sign.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Hue really needs to kick these guys in the rear and pick up the tempo and have them play PHYSICAL football!

  • RaiderRockstar

    like saying my pits are great gaurd dogs when they bark at a farting bird.

    ***

    LOL!

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

    From the Crypt Keeper’s Top 5 surprise teams of next season:

    3. Oakland Raiders: The Raiders might not be playoff contenders, but the addition of Jason Campbell at quarterback and an improved defense should end their rut of being a 5-11 team. Campbell was part of a disappointing offense in Washington that averaged 16.6 points a game, but that low number is 4.3 points better than what the Raiders averaged last season. Campbell completed half of his passes to wide receivers. JaMarcus Russell could consistently hit only tight end Zach Miller, and no wide receiver caught more than 34 passes in either of his two seasons at quarterback.

    The Raiders’ schedule goes from .527 to .500. That should add at least one win to their record. My guess is that Campbell will be able to get about 18 points a game, so the Raiders could get to between seven and nine wins. Hue Jackson, the Raiders’ new offensive coordinator, will try to use Darrius Heyward-Bey on more bubble screens to take advantage of his speed. Having Campbell behind center improves the Raiders’ chances of winning division games. If Campbell plays with more consistency than Russell, a 3-3 or 4-2 record in the AFC West isn’t out of the question for Oakland.

  • JB

    Campbell throws duck CJ somehow fails to intercept . . bad play all around

  • kseven

    SilverNBlackPA Says: “And now Russell is screwed.”

    That’s funny.

  • RaiderNate

    Exactly…Hue should have them practicing at maximunm tempo as of TODAY. Everything should be fast paced.

  • big pep

    kseven, do i win a j.r. replica jersey?

  • inonewordraider

    Campbell gettin nervous with all the media attention, BRUCE BABY!

  • DKnight007

    JB Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    Campbell throws duck CJ somehow fails to intercept . . bad play all around

    ^^^^^^^^
    No need to panick with Campbell….they guy needs to learn the playbook for crying out loud and he will….

  • JB

    Russell making basic out route throws with confidence. First Figurs, then Holland. Stark contrast to one year ago

  • kseven

    Yeah, Pep. They’re on closeout! ;-)

  • inonewordraider

    Russell making basic out route throws with confidence. First Figurs, then Holland. Stark contrast to one year ago

    starting to root for the guy, and for the record I never booed the guy at the games, just couldn’t do it

  • DMAC

    kseven, do i win a j.r. replica jersey?
    ======================
    No, you win a JR authentic size 60 jersey.