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Raiders OTA notebook

Some news, notes and observations from the Raiders’ minicamp practice Wednesday:

– JaMarcus Russell is gone, and if Tom Cable has his way, will be forgotten as well.

After a few perfunctory answers about the former No. 1 overall draft pick, with Cable stressing the need to move forward, the coach said, “Let’s not talk about someone who is not on our team anymore. It’s done, it’s over and we have to move forward.”

Jason Campbell, the trade acquisition who is expected to be the Raiders No. 1 quarterback, said he gave Russell words of encouragement.

“We had a lot of conversations,” Campbell said. “I told him there are things that happen in professional sports that are out of our control and the only thing you can do is move forward and not let anything get you down. Like I told him, he’s still young in his career. I think the thing he has to do in the summer is put in the work and then when his opportunity comes again just do your best.”

Put in the work. With Russell, it always comes down to those four words.

– The passing game struggled quite a bit on a day heavy with blitz packages and red zone sessions. With pass rushers coming free and a compacted field, Campbell, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller all made some poor decisions under pressure.

Considering there is a new offensive coordinator in Hue Jackson, quarterbacks in Campbell and Boller who are getting used to new teammate, there was an acceptable margin of error in the mind of Cable.

“We’re going to try and have as much blitz pressure as we can,” Cable said. “I like what I saw, they’re going to get there a couple of times, but as they get more comfortable with what they’re doing we’ll pick it up and throw it better.”

– Whether the margin of error was acceptable for Jackson is another matter, because it doesn’t sound as if the Raiders have any intention of making him available to the media before training camp.

Jackson may be muzzled following practice where the media is concerned, but he is the dominant voice during practice, exhorting the offense to play at a faster tempo. He pushes, prods, criticizes and agitates.

“He’s very energetic. He talks a lot of smack,” Campbell said. “That’s his whole goal during practice is to make someone mad on defense. It excites everyone around us. There’s not going to be a quiet practice here, I know. As long as he’s here, it’s going to be rowdy.”

Said quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, sidelined until training camp after pectoral surgery but attending practices and meetings: “I love the way he gets after it. He’s discplined, he’s hard-nosed and he’s going to get after the guys. That’s what we need.”

– Jackson’s changes in the offense appear to have been substantial. Cable said Boller “had some of this offense before,” referring to a year the quarterback spent in Baltimore on injured reserve while Jackson was the quarterbacks coach for the Ravens.

That would indicate the Raiders are adapting to Jackson and some major changes, rather than Jackson putting a spin on what Cable did the last two years.

– Rookie defensive end Lamarr Houston and offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, as well as free agent defensive end Alex Daniels, had school issues and could not attend practice. Houston and Campbell, Cable said, were expected Wednesday night.

– Veterans who didn’t practice were Gradkowski, wide receiver Chaz Schilens and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who sustained a hamstring strain during Tuesday’s practice. Schilens is expected to be out until training camp after follow-up surgery on his left foot.

Nick Miller, who spent last season as a spectator on the 53-man roster for 15 games before going on injured reserve with a broken shin bone, was on the field and practicing with the offense Wednesday.

Gradkowski is out of the sling he wore on his left arm following pectoral surgery and said, “I’ll be ready to go full go by camp, no question, maybe before then.”

– One conversion project the Raiders will never attempt _ Chris Johnson to wide receiver. He dropped three potential interceptions Wednesday, drawing derisive chatter from safety Tyvon Branch at one point.

– Offensive linemen did some switching of positions, with Khalif Barnes again getting a lot of time at left guard. Rookie tackle Jared Veldheer even played briefly at center.

“It’s really just moving some pieces around, trying to expose them to as much as we can,” Cable said.

– Cable’s update on contract talks with defensive lineman Richard Seymour: “Still working, still working.”

Any chance Seymour will be around for any of the OTAs before training camp?

“I don’t know that at this point,” Cable said.

That’s a little less optimistic than the minicamp declaration that the two sides appeared to be near an agreement on a new contract.

Seymour has not signed the exclusive franchise tender which will pay him just under $12.4 million this season. If a long-term deal is not worked out, Seymour could leave the tender unsigned deep into training camp, as Charles Woodson did, or sign it and be in camp on time as Nnamdi Asomugha did.

– Cable, an avid Boston Celtics and New York Yankees fan, is more than a little pleased at Boston’s 2-0 lead over Orlando in the NBA playoffs.

“It’ll be a Celtics-Yankees-Raiders year,” Cable said. “It’s starting to look like it. You never know . . . ”

Some practice updates can be found on my Twitter page.

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

    *yawn*

  • NoMoreFargas

    How is someone a Yankees and Celtics fan Cable that is some straight front runner bs.

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Laker fans hated on Pau Gasol during the regular season, calling him “Gasoft” but he’s the reason you’re 2-0 against the Suns. the only reason. otherwise I think you’re 0-2

    congrats anyhow

    -Rockstar

  • M Lonetree

    Mornin’ Rockstar, how’s the podunk bean counting? Or is it just coffee right now?

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

    Festina scandal part 2 is rolling =) Galea will soon be in the hot seat… oh btw, have you guys read the Floyd Landis thing about Mr Doping?? aka Lance Armstrong?

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning M!

    the podunk bean counting business is good. usually wait and have coffee after my AM crap

    nothin’ like losing some “weight” in the john and having a nice cup of joe with the Jerry Mac semi-bro bloggers :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    LMN: I’ve heard of Lance Armstrong, but who are those other people ???

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Rockstar, LMN, M…how you fellas doing?

    Rockstar: The reason being is because Gasol was soft under the basket the last 2 seasons, which is a cause for concern. However, he did become tougher and yes, he and Lamar Odom is the reason why the Lakers are 2-0. Anytime Kobe doesn’t have to be the scoring leader, it’s actually better off for The Lakers!

    Now, back to Raider football…
    I hope Chaz can stay healthy this year! We need him!

  • hwnrdr

    Landis is the one that had his Tour de France title taken from him because of doping…I believe!

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgOyTNtsWyY

    Awwww how nice =)

    btw they drow just past one of my apartments..

  • Kirk

    Go Celtics.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Floyd Landis = Luke Lawton???

  • hwnrdr

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:27 am
    Floyd Landis = Luke Lawton???

    Haha! If you look at it that way…but Landis is by far more disgraced!

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    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:22 am

    LMN: I’ve heard of Lance Armstrong, but who are those other people ???
    _______________________________________________________

    Landis won the tour, but had it taken away because of doping, he now claiming that Mr Doping aka Lance Armstrong taught him to use EPO and so on, when he was a rider for Lance…

    well we all knew US Postal was iffy, mostly because the Dutch sport director Johan Bruyneel was in charge of the team…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S,DOPING 2 WIN A F’N BIKE RACE..WHAT’S NEXT, MARBLES !!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Luke Lawton & Marcel Reece are a disgrace to blocking FB’s around the league imo.

    sign Brad Hoover!

    shoot. even re-sign Justin Griffith!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Dirt Lot,
    Imagine that, huh? Marbles, I mean!
    The big bambucha marbles breaking in half! Like Mickey Rourke in Iron Man 2…”You Lose”

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Gust372 was born due to doping. no offense

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

    RRS…

    doping in cykling is so much crazier than other sports, htey have bags of blood from when their blood levels was high, which they then inject when they are racing…

  • hwnrdr

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:33 am
    Luke Lawton & Marcel Reece are a disgrace to blocking FB’s around the league imo.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You got me there….

  • RaiderRockstar

    Johan Bruyneel = Bill Romanowski???

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

    Griffith wont be sign, due to he was a Kiffin buy, and Al wont show twice in a season that Kiffin was right…

  • RaiderRockstar

    doping in cykling is so much crazier than other sports, htey have bags of blood from when their blood levels was high, which they then inject when they are racing…

    ***

    that is CRAZY!

    waiting for Raider O to show up and say “legalize it”

    just a matter of time gents. please be patient

  • M Lonetree

    Luke Lawton knows that he is a scrub and he figured the best way to get further NFL paychecks was to try a bit of “enhancement”. Can’t really fault Luke. Amp up and snag a few hundred thou or work in a used car lot. It was worth a “shot” for him.

  • RaiderRockstar

    LMN: I remember you wanted Leonard Weaver last offseason. He signed with Philly and had a great year.

    we were stuck with Gary Russell, Luke Lawton & Marcel Reece at FB

    *puke*

    think UDFA’s Tonga or Moline can be “the guy”?

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    RRS..

    yup…

    I really like FBs, with a GREAT FB you can make a good RB Great… but with a bad FB, a Great RB looks bad..

  • RaiderRockstar

    M: so it’s ok to use banned substances as long as you’re a terrible football player? HAHA!

    think JRuss will give it a go then?

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    WONDER IF RACECAR DRIVER’S DOPE-UP,TURNING LEFT ALL THE TIME LIKE THAT..

  • hwnrdr

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:41 am
    WONDER IF RACECAR DRIVER’S DOPE-UP,TURNING LEFT ALL THE TIME LIKE THAT..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    LMAO!!!!

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

    wooooopppps…

    Johan Bruyneel is of course belgian, not dutch…

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

    # hwnrdr Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:44 am

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:41 am
    WONDER IF RACECAR DRIVER’S DOPE-UP,TURNING LEFT ALL THE TIME LIKE THAT..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    LMAO!!!!

    _____________________________________________________

    racing superstar Danica Patrick got herself into a bit of hot water when the subject of performance-enhancing drugs came up. When asked if she would take illegal drugs if she would not get caught, she responded by saying “Well, then it’s not cheating, is it? If nobody finds out?” She also spoke of exploring gray areas to gain an edge on her opponents, saying “You’re trying to find where the holes are in the rule book.” That, apparently, wasn’t the answer U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart was looking for.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mike Waufle replaced Dwaine Board as DL Coach.

    how big of an impact will this have?

  • hwnrdr

    …It is not cheating if no one finds out? I think that is what Marion Jones thought once too!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GO DADDY GO..

  • the_big_one_of_83

    we need a WR fragile chaz wont be able to do it murphy wont be enough every good team has atleast 3 WR

  • RaiderRockstar

    we need a WR fragile chaz wont be able to do it murphy wont be enough every good team has atleast 3 WR

    ***

    83: Heyward-Bey, Higgins & Murphy. BAM!

    sprinkle in a little Ford & Watkins … PLAYOFFS!?!?

  • the_big_one_of_83

    83: Heyward-Bey, Higgins & Murphy. BAM!

    this looks like a wish list not WR depth chart

  • M Lonetree

    Hwnrdr,

    good call on Marion Jones. I read recently that she’s teaching her children that owning up to one’s mistakes is the best way.
    Owning up? She cheated, got caught, lied about it, try to pin it on others and denied/cried denied/cried denied/cried until jailed. Role model of the finestkind.

    Rockstar,

    Look at Juice-boy Merriman. On ‘roids he makes the Pro Bowl. Without the juice he is Sam Williams.

    Luke Lawton was a scrub even when he was using. Without it he’s stacking bricks in a lumber yard for minimum wage. It was worth a try.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    we can turn a tightend into FB

  • http://atm Raider O

    LEGALIZE IT!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Good Morning Nation:

  • http://atm Raider O

    I don’t know if Merriman’s issue is drugs or injury, but he is not the same player!
    I think it’s the roids.

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

    well quarterfinals against Sweden now…. very exciting, last we played them we lost 10-3 LOL

  • http://atm Raider O

    10-3!!! Damn LMN. That’s like 70- 21 in football!! You got dominated!

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    # Raider O Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I don’t know if Merriman’s issue is drugs or injury, but he is not the same player!
    I think it’s the roids.
    _______________________________________________________

    it was roids, he was only good when he was a dirty player, dirty as un-clean…

    “In 2009, nearly 1 in 10 retired NFL players polled in a confidential survey said they had used now-banned anabolic steroids while still playing. 16.3 percent of offensive linemen admitted using steroids, as did 14.8 percent of defensive linemen. Shawne Merriman, NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 2005, tested positive for steroids and was banned for four games, following two other NFL players—the Falcons’ Matt Lehr and the Lions’ Shaun Rogers—were suspended for violating the policy”

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    #

    # Raider O Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 7:20 am

    10-3!!! Damn LMN. That’s like 70- 21 in football!! You got dominated!
    _______________________________________________________

    TOTALLY!!1 =)

    but hey we have only 400 icehockey players he in denmark…

    but we are good enough to beat USA, Slovakia and Finland… We won over #2, #3 and #4 of the olympics…

  • the_big_one_of_83

    so how many games do we get out of schilens

  • M Lonetree

    Big 83,

    yes you can turn a TE into a FB. as well it has been that OTs have been turned into some good TEs.

    so, the alchemical equation on the chalkboard reads

    OT—>TE—>FB. Meet Bruce Campbell, FB.

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    M…

    yup… I was the first to say Bruce Campbell should be FB… at least in Goal-line situations…