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Raiders minicamp news, notes

News, notes and quotes from the first day of the Raiders’ mandatory minicamp Friday:

– Coach Tom Cable acknowledged things went much smoother than they did a year ago, when the first minicamp practice was punctuated by fumbled snapped, dropped passes, and disorganization.

“We had two weeks before we did that minicamp, there was kind of a lull in there and that was a reason for doing it right after the draft,’’ Cable said. “I think it’s reflected in that the ball’s not on the round and we don’t look like the Keystone Cops out there.’’

– Whose who didn’t practice included quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, whose left arm is in a sling after pectoral surgery, wide receiver Chaz Schilens, dealing with general soreness, and wide receiver/return specialist Nick Miller, who has shin splints.

Miller was troubled by shin splints last year, only to later have it called a broken fibula. He spent 16 weeks inactive on game day while still on the 53-man roster.

Linebacker Ricky Brown is expected to practice once a day as he recovers from ankle surgery.

– Cable said he hoped Richard Seymour’s contract would be finalized this weekend.

“We’re trying to get it done so he’s all ours,’’ Cable said.

– Fullback Oren O’Neal, who never recovered from a serious knee injury in 2008, was waived.

– It was a mixed bag for quarterback Jason Campbell, getting accustomed to his yearly task of learning a new offense.

“I’ve been through about 10 of them, so somewhere along the like I’ve run a lot of these plays, trying to find the rhythm, get used to the guys around me and get back into the groove,’’ Campbell said.

Campbell, under the watchful eye of Willie Brown during his press session much the way Eddie Anderson monitored JaMarcus Russell, backed well off his NFL Network declaration that he considered himself the starting quarterback.

“I’m just here to work. Just here to work, get better every day,’’ Campbell said. “ I’ll let coach Cable make that decision and Mr. Al Davis. My job is to come out here every day and compete, keep working on things and try to improve the offense.’’

When Charles Woodson was a rookie, the Raiders went through the charade of listing him behind James Trapp until well into training camp.

With middle linebacker Rolando McClain, there was no such pretense.

“The day after they drafted me, I called to ask for a playbook and some DVDs to look over,’’ McClain said. “I didn’t waste any time.’’

McClain was flanked by Kamerion Wimbley on the strong side and Trevor Scott on the weak side as the defense played almost exclusively 4-3 for the first practice.

– The first minicamp practice contained little or none of the potentially exotic looks hinted at by Cable at the post-draft press briefing. No surprise, really.

“I was looking at the playbook and there are some things that we didn’t do last year.,’’ Asomugha said. “Like always, it’s a matter of how well we do it at this time of the year and then in the summer as to whether we actually play it. So it’s going to depend on us and then how comfortable the coaches feel.’’

– No longer serving as play-caller and offensive coordinator, Cable found himself with more information than usual following the first practice.

“I had a lot more notes from practice on a broad area of things, from what I saw on special teams and with the DBs, to something with the linebackers,’’ Cable said. “I kind of walked off the field feeling really good about what I saw and was anxious to look at it on film and crosscheck myself.’’

Cable on the quarterback rotation of Charlie Frye, JaMarcus Russell, Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller: “It means nothing. Don’t look anything into that. If you do, you’re wasting ink.’’

Or blog space.

– Fourth-round draft pick Bruce Campbell, who played exclusively on the left side at Maryland, lined up as the right guard with the second team. Cable said putting him at guard will give him more second-team reps.

Third-round pick Jared Veldheer was the second-team left tackle behind Mario Henderson.

“My first time looking at the playbook, I looked at it and the different language and I was like, ‘Wow.’ Now that I actually got a practice under my belt, I was like, OK, it’s not that bad,’’ Campbell said. “It’s just getting used to the game speed and basically staying low on the inside.’’

Campbell had false starts on consecutive plays during one sequence and was in some battles with defensive tackle Chris Cooper that probably went beyond the scope of a “non-contact’’ practice.

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, No. 85, looked much smoother catching the ball in drills and in team sessions. He did have two drops, although neither was a particularly easy catch, one over his head and the other at his feet.

– The following undrafted free agents were announced as signed: DE Alex Daniels, DT Kellen Heard, RB Chane Moline, TE John Owens, G Alex Parsons, DB Joey Thomas and RB Manase Tonga.

– Cornerback Stanford Routt signed his first- and third-round tender and practiced with the team.

Check for practice updates on my Twitter account.

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  • SharkCatcher

    its nice to know Zack crocket is in the building instead of hanson.

  • bcz24

    Do you know how much pressure it is to be out on the field practicing when there are cheeburgers to be eaten. Dammit man how much more pressure you want on the poor kid! You act like he is an NFL QB or something…

  • M Lonetree

    JaGreatness, handed the keys to the Nation, decided to put in a day’s work. freakin’ impressive!

  • 30 year raider

    shyt i can look great throwing against air and im 40!!i throw a pretty nice spiral and can hit it in tight spots… lets not look to far ahead of ourselves regarding russell…im glad he showed up and looked in alot better shape than last season…dont see that big tire around his waist…

  • M Lonetree

    I’m sorry. Not a day’s work. An hour or so.

  • SharkCatcher

    who’s the best free agent full back?

  • RaiderDebo

    Tom cables pimp hand Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    Screw JR taking a pay cut. It’s time for all the haters to realize there is a two-man race for the starting QB job in Oakland. And by all accounts, JR is ahead. Bye bye Brucey. Thanks for the ONE good quarter of QB play.

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    Myron rolle dropped to the sixth because he was too smart they say… but players like dez bryant and jamarcus russel get picked in the first… which tell me football players aren’t meant to be intelligent. And by looking at your post debo… I think you’d make a great football player, first round talent. Because if you believe in jamarcus russel you’re obviously not that intelligent and fit the bill.lol what a idiot. “thanks brucey for the one good quarter of fb????” More like thanks but no thanks jamarcus for three seasons of bad football, and good riddance.smh

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    Let’s see, JR has played for two seasons and you say “thanks but no thanks jamarcus for three seasons of bad football”. And I’m the idiot??? LMFAO!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    I know its not the popular move but I’m pulling 4 JaMarcus and DHB!

  • SharkCatcher

    jamarcus fat joke count : 999999

  • bcz24

    You know what I want to see… Lamarr Houston of the end BURYING Jathargic into the turf…

  • M Lonetree

    SharkC,

    the best free agent FB is Manase Tonga and he’s already here.

  • bcz24

    Wait your calling someone stupid because he said the guy we drafted in 2007 played for us for 3 years? Uhh, yeah the hold out still counts as BAD FOOTBALL RaiderDbag…

  • 24

    408 – It would be funny to see Russell, McFadden and DHB start and we end up in the playoffs. That would definitely change things.

  • tonga

    Staying low and mixing it up with a whiteboy… not a bad first practice.

  • JB

    Jason Campbell QB in first team session Groves for Scott lone defensive change from AM 5 minutes ago via PockeTwit

    Hue Jackson as offense works on inside runs . . . Lamarr Houston angry at missed sack atttempt on Kyle Boller 2 minutes ago via PockeTwit

  • bcz24

    Our FB’s name is Manase… Jameatball is gonna get all confused and think its Mayonaise and try and spread him on cheeseburger or something…

  • tonga

    yes 24, it would be funny….

  • RaiderDebo

    bcz24 Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    Wait your calling someone stupid because he said the guy we drafted in 2007 played for us for 3 years? Uhh, yeah the hold out still counts as BAD FOOTBALL RaiderDbag…

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    Whoa!!! Let me get this straight. JR started the last game of 2007 and he’s to blame for a 4-16 season???? Are you stupid or retarded???

  • VanHeathen

    It’s amazing how LOW the bar is set for Jamarcus…
    He’s not UNDER 300 pounds, wow what an achievement for a professional athlete…
    He’s completing passes in practice against zero pressure, and now all his problems are over…
    He has to employ someone to speak to the media FOR Him!, he hasn’t taken acommunications class or two anywhere along the line?
    this is a ridiculously low set of standards for a guy in his 4th yr of the NFL and a one time #1 pick.
    Have some standards or we’ll continue to stink…

  • JB

    Houston late for snap, then has jersey AND helmet removed on rush by Langston Walker 2 minutes ago via PockeTwit

  • bcz24

    Wow we played 20 games in 2007? Yeah I would say Jathargic carries at least some of the blame for the season considering the disaray surrounding his holdout. Its ok though buddy, you go right ahead a be a Russell appologist. Call me stupid too, I know it makes you feel all important in your feeble little life…

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot

    # 408RAIDER Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I know its not the popular move but I’m pulling 4 JaMarcus and DHB!
    =========================
    I hope you don’ t get a hernia

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    lol

  • 24

    I didn’t really have a problem with Tim Tebow but then he was drafted by the Broncos which made him the enemy but there were no ill feelings towards the guy either way but after listening to the radio and watching the TV about Tebow all day, everyday for every minute I have come to hate Tebow. Who effin cares if the guy got drafted in the 1st round for crying out loud? Anyways, I’m now sick of Tim Tebow and the way he talks. I already wanted us to beat the guy but now I hope we kill him.

  • tonga

    Russell is coning them again “just out here working my tail off” OK… how about more film study,less fur-coats and drinks that come in red plastic cups. And maybe some laser eye surgery would help too….ohh and stop getting sacked so easy,he hasn’t been injured because he goes down pretty quick or launches an interception.

  • SharkCatcher

    Jerry Rice just showed up and talked to DHB VIA MY POCKET TWITTER

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    24

    It would be great!I’m happy we have a back up plan in Campbell. Still think we need a veteran WR tho. Palxico?..

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Hope they give Heard a shot. He’s the only big man on this most athletic team

  • RaiderDebo

    bcz24 Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    Wow we played 20 games in 2007? Yeah I would say Jathargic carries at least some of the blame for the season considering the disaray surrounding his holdout. Its ok though buddy, you go right ahead a be a Russell appologist. Call me stupid too, I know it makes you feel all important in your feeble little life…
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    LOL! Newsflash: JR’S HOLDOUT RUINS 2007 SEASON! I’ve read some stupid posts, but his one takes the cake. Mista Paisley Pants, you’re officially off the hook for the dumbest post of the year. Congratulations. LMFAO!!!

  • SharkCatcher

    Patrick Crayton?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faph57A7Kg0 r8eray

    Hey what’s going on guys/gals? So.. how we looking in camp?
    I think Jamarcus still looks fat! What are we waiting for…Al to die so we could cut him?

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    24 Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    408 – It would be funny to see Russell, McFadden and DHB start and we end up in the playoffs.

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    it would be funny to see monkeys fly out of Warren Sapp’s ass…

    but that ain’t happening either…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    JaDavis is still here and is staying here. Looks to be in shape…probably going to sit and watch this year and hope for a rebound ala Alex Smith down the road on a restructured contract.

    Raiders should have assigned a “mentor” to JaDavis on day 1. Should have understood his shortcomings and maturity issues on day 1….or day 2 when he was late to camp…or day 3 when he was overweight at OTAs……

    This is Jason Campbell’s show.

  • 24

    408 – Jerry Porter haha

  • RaiderDebo

    Louis Murphy can’t hold high, outside pass feom Campbell. Campbell picked by Michael Huff looking for ZMiller
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    Man, he’s struggling big time. Wouldn’t it be something if he ended up as the one who got cut??

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Pete,

    Not looking good up the middle with the DTs, unless Seymour kicks inside.

    We don’t have a Indy Colts offense…and never will…so, unlike the Colts, we have to expect and play the run.

    I hope Bryant can hold up as the NT??????

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    gross yet funny..

  • VanHeathen

    79 = TJ

  • bcz24

    Your right Dbag… Our #1 overall pick holding the team for ransom and missing all of training camp and piss!ng away his first season played no part at all in the outcome of the 2007 season. Its like it didnt even happen. In fact Jamarcus is SOO good we should even say that his atrocious play in 2008 and 2009 in no way affected the outcome of our seasons. JaMEcus carries no burden at all in the success of the team.

  • DKnight007

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    Pete,

    Not looking good up the middle with the DTs, unless Seymour kicks inside.

    We don’t have a Indy Colts offense…and never will…so, unlike the Colts, we have to expect and play the run.

    I hope Bryant can hold up as the NT??????

    ^^^^^^^^
    If Seymour doesn’t kick inside on most plays…especially in 4-3 situations…..then they will need to SIGN BIG JOHN HENDERSON!!

  • DKnight007

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    Rookie LB Travis Goethal lined up as Fullback on a handfull of plays.—raiderbeat.com

    ^^^^^^^^
    Nice!!

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    Pete,

    Not looking good up the middle with the DTs, unless Seymour kicks inside.

    We don’t have a Indy Colts offense…and never will…so, unlike the Colts, we have to expect and play the run.

    I hope Bryant can hold up as the NT??????

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    still hoping Henderson gets signed…

    kelly and henderson… starting DTs…

    prefer Seymour on the outside on running downs…

    i like the linebacker starters mentioned above…

    big group by anybody’s standards…

    Scott comes out and Howard goes in on passing downs or with a big lead late in the game…

  • 24

    408 – These are the guys I would choose out of the WR Free Agents…

    Laveranues Coles
    Mike Furrey
    Muhsin Muhammad
    Terrell Owens

  • DKnight007

    SIGNING DT JOHN HENDERSON would such a HUUUUUUGE pickup for this defense!!

  • Raiders4eve

    SnB

    Our defense looks like this in my opinion.

    Houston TK Seymour Matt
    Wimbley McClain Scott
    CJ Nnamdi
    Huff Branch

    Certain players I am guessing will play in third down, Howard replacing Wimbley and Groves replacing Scott and maybe Houston moving inside and Seymour outside.

    I don’t think Bryant or Heard are going to see much playing time unless someone gets injured.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Raiders4eve Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:40 pm
    SnB

    Our defense looks like this in my opinion.

    Houston TK Seymour Matt
    Wimbley McClain Scott
    CJ Nnamdi
    Huff Branch

    Certain players I am guessing will play in third down, Howard replacing Wimbley and Groves replacing Scott and maybe Houston moving inside and Seymour outside.

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    but if we pick up henderson… seymour kicks outside and nobody runs anywhere…

  • RaiderDebo

    8:33 pm Welcome to the NFL, Lamarr Houston. Raiders veteran OT Langston Walker just knocked Houston’s helmet off and yanked his jersey over his head while blocking the rookie DL, a second-round pick from Texas.
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    Nice to see Langston came into camp salty.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Stop the doggone running game!

    WE’ve got the MLB…..got the DEs…don’t let the “two-down” player bias prevent us from playing stout run defense.

    Go Heard!

  • Raiders4eve

    24

    Mike Furrey signed with the bears to play with his fav coach Martz.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    24

    Might as well roll with our guys.. I still want Plaxico