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Raiders slowly catching on

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at 6:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders’ second practice session Saturday, accompanied by a stiff wind, saw far too many passes hit the ground to do much for the comfort level of coach Tom Cable and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

For the proper perspective, one needs to flash back a year when the Raiders were atrocious in the passing game. On many of Saturday’s misplays, receivers were at least in the right spots and passes were thrown to the right place.

It’s a matter of securing the ball and putting it away.

A few quick observations:

– Have been asked a time or three about the running backs, Darren McFadden and Michael Bush in particular.

The reason I don’t pay a lot of attention to the running backs is that non-contact practices are set up for their success.

So, yes, McFadden looks terrific. He accelerates quickly, pulls away from defenders and is dangerous in the passing game. Like he always is in these sessions.

Bush looks big and swift, a load to bring down if that was the goal.

For that matter, both Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett, the latter in on a tryout basis, looked explosive and productive.

– Quarterback JaMarcus Russell got the least amount of work among the four quarterbacks, with Jason Campbell, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller all getting more work.

For the record, Cable says to pay no mind to depth charts or practice reps during a minicamp.

For practice highlights, check my Twitter page . . .

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  • jhill

    If the tide turns and Campbell, Frye, and Boeller end up looking like the best guys on the field, THEN we move on.

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    Maybe Hue taking that over 2 lol!

  • Jonesy941

    in other news i think mcClain is seriously going to help us! we do need a stout DT but im sure mcClain can hold his own and do his part till then.

  • jhill

    everybody look good in no contact Jonesy941

    ——————————————————-

    No Sir!

    The other QBs were throwing picks and, uh, “needing time to learn the playbook and his new WRs”, lol.

    If ANYONE said that about Russell last year, uh “needing time to learn the playbook and his new WRs”, it was an excuse. Neverming that it actually WAS a new playbook and 2 new WRs with DHB and Murphy.

  • Jonesy941

    i hate russel with a passion

  • Jonesy941

    hue best slap that fool around cable cant have all the fun

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    Jhill, I was being facetious #2 did win the lottery and “THAT” is the root of his problem,imo

  • LT DAN

    Well its really no wonder jr is doing the best. He has been there the longest knows the system and has worked with the wrs. Plus it was only one workout. No need to rush to judgement. Campbell WILL beat him out.

  • BigTed707

    Glad we got McClain! Would have liked to see captain kirk moved to the outside rather than traded – after all, he was our best tackler.

    Speaking of McClain – Why so many Black Athletes in the League have Irish names?

    McClain
    McFadden
    McNabb
    McNair
    McVick (oh wait – that’s not one)

    still, u get the pic. :)

  • Jonesy941

    cuz their irish duh

  • Seymour Bush

    # LT DAN Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Well its really no wonder jr is doing the best. He has been there the longest knows the system and has worked with the wrs. Plus it was only one workout. No need to rush to judgement. Campbell WILL beat him out.
    ====================================================

    You’re right about the receivers, but Shilens wasn’t there, and they have a couple of brand new guys. They are also installing a new system. One that comes from Hue Jacksons Baltimore team. So with that in mind Kyle Boller should be doing good as well.

  • jhill

    in other news i think mcClain is seriously going to help us!

    ——————————————————

    Couldn’t agree more!

  • Jonesy941

    the mcdonalds hall of fame menu

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    LMAO @ Jonesy941 #210!!!!!

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    On DHB:

    “He was one of those guys, when the season got over he took a very short (amount of) time off and then was back working. He’s with the equipment guys and the trainers, he’s getting the JUGS out and (saying) ‘I want somebody to throw me the ball.’

    - You gotta root for this kid, he’s trying hard and it’s obvious he cares, hard work pays off, hopefully good things are coming his way.

  • Seymour Bush

    Sorry some unfinished business from last night:

    MistaBrown Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Plunk, you know Seymour isnt the sharpest marble
    =================================================

    The “sharpest marble”? Huh. The “sharpest marble.” What the fook does that mean? You must have confused yourself with not the sharpest OR lost his marbles. But this is coming from someone who thinks there are 28 hours in the day. MistabrOwn, please get that monkey brain transplant. It can only help!

  • Seymour Bush

    # Bob Marley Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 10:17 am

    On DHB:

    “He was one of those guys, when the season got over he took a very short (amount of) time off and then was back working. He’s with the equipment guys and the trainers, he’s getting the JUGS out and (saying) ‘I want somebody to throw me the ball.’

    - You gotta root for this kid, he’s trying hard and it’s obvious he cares, hard work pays off, hopefully good things are coming his way.
    ==========================================

    When DHB was drafted you could tell he was in over his head. When he went out on the field, you could tell he was in over his head. But he is a really solid kid. All of his college coaches said that, and that is one of the reasons that the Raiders took DHB’s word on drafting Bruce Campbell. DHB caught his lst NFL TD late in the year, was gaining confidence, and should be day and night better this season.

  • Jonesy941

    was not serious #214

  • DKnight007

    One of the best photo shop manips ever below! Especially of the old looney Al Davis! LOL

    http://i44.tinypic.com/2ut0ly0.jpg

  • DKnight007

    Which one of you goofs likes the legal racial profiling going on in Zona??

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Well, considering how many of them have dropped their loyalty to Al due to his faith in a failed black QB, after years and years of Al backing lousy white QBs to the tilt? I’d guess that the percentage of people in here for Arizona’s nazi law is higher than I’d like.

  • Seymour Bush

    jhill Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Cable was cool with me because he was a Raider fan.
    ==================================================

    We’re ALL Raider fans here. Except this guy:

    Richochet Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 6:35 pm
    Niners look pretty good,

    Richochet Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 6:37 pm
    Davis was a great pick by the Niners
    ========================================

    This richochet is a PROVEN LIAR, TROLL, and admitted Whiner fan. You guys really should NOT engage this troll. If you guys continue to engage him, I am going to continue to engage him and it makes this blog kind of messy. Just saying.

  • DKnight007

    More Neo-Nazi racist BS coming from Republicans in Zona….sheesh….

  • RAIDERMAN99

    It’s hard to understand why anyone still believes that JaMoron has a chance to become a decent NFL QB.

    It’s almost as if his horrid play and complete lack of prowess over the last 2 years never happened.

    The only rationalization can be that the Raids have invested so much into JaMoron – and he has such great physical tools – that Raider fans can’t bear the thought that JaMoron is a colossal bust.

    The simple truth is that JaMoron is too innacurate and too stupid to succeed in the NFL.

    Doesn’t matter if he gets in tremendous physical shape, develops an impecable work ethic, and studies the play book and game film relentlessly.

    He’s too dumb and too innacurate to succeed.

    On the other hand, we have ‘Garbagekowski’. He doesn’t have JaMoron’s rocket arm or imposing physical stature. But he does have some accuracy, and most importantly, he actually performed decently and elevated the team around him when given a chance.

    ‘Garbagekowski’ showed me more heart and talent in the win against the Steelers than JaMoron ever displayed on an NFL field.

    Yet there are still those clamoring to give Russell another chance and suggesting that JaMoron is deserving of a roster spot and Garbagekowski is not.

    Russell is indeed being given another shot. He’s going to be given a chance to show he’s capable of thoroughly knowing the playbook and he’s got to show improved accuracy and a semblance of touch if he has any hope of remaining a Raider.

    It is only Al Davis’ fear that Russell might come back to haunt the Raids wearing an opponent uniform that accounts for JaMoron even being invited to camp.

    But Davis needn’t worry. JaMoron isn’t going to suddenly develop any accuracy – and he isn’t going to grow a brain.

    Now if only JaMoron will take a pay cut and the press will cooperate and rave about the ‘new and improved’ Russell’s camp performance…we might get a late draft choice for him.

    But even that is doubtful.

  • On the beach in Cancun

    SteveAlford21..post #125:

    Great observations and insights and well explained. I overstated the importance of the center position the other day, stating that a big upgrade would bring one or two extra wins. I was immediately jacked on that! My BAD!

    However, a big upgrade would help our offensive line big time, in our run blocking and pass defense and that would add extra points and extra first downs and that might translate into an extra win. I see us at 500 and maybe better if Al can find the courage to dump the fat-burger champ, fat-ass, Ja-happy-meal, Marcus. His current work ethic is too late.

  • On the beach in Cancun

    Raiderman99:

    you’re absolutely right on…100% on your JaMoron observations. And, you’re correct about Al’s inability to deal with the dropping of the “fat-burger champ,” fat-ass JaMoron, aka: bring me a happy meal. I agree with you, JaMoron is too stupid and too inaccurate too succeed else where but Al’s not going to take the chance. If Al keeps the fat-ass, JaMoron will probably get injured and collect his 9 Million while he buys additional “furs” (in California, no less) and eats his triple-cheeseburgers and jumbo fries.

  • On the beach in Cancun

    Seymour Bush..post 217:

    They’re are many Raider fans who feel the same and hopefully it does translate into more productivity for the speedster. Character and desire too improve will always win out in the long run. I see the DHB having a big year, and if he does, and if it requires any double-coverages,
    then Zack Miller will benefit big time. Now, that’s a player who has kept us in so many games..what a pick! The
    Zack should make the pro-bowl this year.

  • Seymour Bush

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 10:40 am

    It’s hard to understand why anyone still believes that JaMoron has a chance to become a decent NFL QB.

    It’s almost as if his horrid play and complete lack of prowess over the last 2 years never happened.
    ================================================

    Let me ask you: so his first year of starting he was terrible? He showed NO improvement? The last four games of the 2008 season showed he had no future in this league?

  • silvershark

    the thought of Russell on A Raider roster makes Me Ill! He has already proved He is the biggest Draft bust EVER! Now Davis will Pay Him another 9 Mil this year to stumble around and ebonicaly speak when spoken to. His arm is as strong as His brain is weak!

    Let Me get this straight? Gradkowski Throws as many TD’s (3) in a 6 minute span at Pitt, While JaDumcus throws (3) in 9 games! So JaDummy throws a TD eveery 3 games while Grads throws one every 2 minutes.

    One makes 60 Mil, the other makes 1.7 mil! In the business world and the NFL is a business, these equations would most certainly land a CEO on His Azz. Not mention a He would be forced into a mental facility for life. Al Davis belongs there!

    To keep Russell even as a ball boy would be a mistake. Russell was asked 1 week before the draft who He wanted to play for, and His genius response was ” Who ever pay’s Me the most.” That should have been the biggest red flag to let Al know that this kid did not have passion for football just money.

    I will give Russell some credit though. Despite His 87 I.Q. And the fact He can’t speak a word of English, He pulled off one of the biggest hiest in U.S. History. He stole 60 Mil dollars leagaly. No gun,no mask, no get away car, Just had to throw a ball 70 yards for a senile old man and collect. Russell if anything put a new spin on retardation.

    I bet somewhere Corky(From Life goes on) is trying to become the new CEO of Bank Of America!

    Cut the strings already and let this Dummy sit on someone else’s

  • silvershark

    LAP !!!!!!!!

  • On the beach in Cancun

    Silvershark.

    perfectly said. No argument here.

    PS: Al, show us you can accept your mistakes and that you can admit them and move on. Dump the fat-ass, JaMoron!

  • Jonesy941

    amen to that^

  • Seymour Bush

    The problem with SteveAlfords21 post #125 is it flies in the face of what most successful franchises in ALL SPORTS are doing. Most teams build thru the draft. Some don’t. Most do. Sure, we all want that FANTASTIC NT that goes 355 and runs a 4.85 forty. Where is he? John Henderson? Albert Haynesworth? There are reasons that their teams have given up on them. They are PAINS IN THE ASS! And Hendersons production has decreased every year for the last four years. Better to take Mike Waufle and try to develop someone than bring in someone to poison the entire line.

    Remember, with the offensive line we were in a makeshift Oline basically all year. Gallery went out, then Satele got hurt early and Chris Morris was playing center, and then he shifted to guard, Gallery came back, got hurt again. Mawae could possibly be the best center in the league, but he is not a long term answer. He is 39 years old. I think the league IS blackballing the guy, but I think we need continuity here. Not another rebuild job next year on the oline.

    While I basically agree with SteveAlford on what he is saying, you can find good interior Olinemen later in the draft. Jeff Saturday, arguably the 2nd best center in the league was undrafted. Koppen from NE was a 5th. Hartwig the Steeler Center was a 6th. Between Cable, Jackson and Michalczik, we have some guys who know how to coach Offensive linemen. Coach em up fellas.

  • raul rodriguez

    We need some receivers. Schilens sucks! always injured. He disapears during the game. We need some veteran receivers. DHB is a bust as well. As for DT…Cable is an idiot for putting Houston as a DE instead as a DT. Kelly sucks and should be cut. Come on Cable..get ur head out of your *ss

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