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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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  • RaiderRockstar

    Meet Bruce Campbell, FB.

    ***

    6’7″ 310 pound FB?

    get out the way !!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lorenzo Neal was a beast at 5’11″ 255 pounds …

    a fullback of Campbell’s size & strength would be a force to be reckoned with for sure

  • RaiderRockstar

    so how many games do we get out of schilens

    ***

    12 games

  • the_big_one_of_83

    campbell did run a 4.8 40 yd dash

  • the_big_one_of_83

    so how many games do we get out of schilens

    ***

    12 games

    u betting on that 12 games las vegas says 8 max

  • http://atm Raider O

    L Houston played RB, so let him play FB.
    6’3 305 FB!! lol

  • M Lonetree

    LBs, safeties and poor little CBs would assuredly not want to get in the way of that freight train of a FB.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Can you imagine Campbell catching a pass in the flat and rumbling towards a 185 lb corner? hahahaha. beautiful!

  • M Lonetree

    Raider O,

    why not Campbell at FB and Houston at RB?

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    DOH’ 1-0…

  • http://atm Raider O

    Houston ran a 4.8 40 too.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    if we get a VET in here we will shake that injury shi t right out of him

  • RaiderRockstar

    u betting on that 12 games las vegas says 8 max

    ***

    link? source?

    I doubt L.V. has something like that going for a little known player like Chaz (44 catches & 4 TD’s in 2 seasons)

    DHB would only have to get 35 catches & 3 TD’s this year to match that production …

  • http://atm Raider O

    M,

    600 pounds running 4.8, and coming your way.Wow!! Get out of the way!!

  • the_big_one_of_83

    why not Campbell at FB and Houston at RB?

    goaline only right

  • RaiderRockstar

    Can you imagine Campbell catching a pass in the flat and rumbling towards a 185 lb corner? hahahaha. beautiful!

    ***

    if Bruce Campbell can catch AT ALL we could also use him as a blocking TE on occasion

    Erik Pears did it against Dungver last year. looked good too

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    I like that idea better. Use Campbell as a blocking TE and Houston as FB!
    Run DMAC, Run!!

  • the_big_one_of_83

    link? source?

    I doubt L.V. has something like that going for a little known player like Chaz (44 catches & 4 TD’s in 2 seasons)

    DHB would only have to get 35 catches & 3 TD’s this year to match that production …

    true but he is what we all put alot of hope in last yr and im done with our vets always being bit by some dam injury bug

  • RaiderRockstar

    On Wednesday, at the team’s first open practice since cutting Russell on May 6, Campbell said he is starting to feel comfortable. He’s had some time to study the offense since the trade from the Redskins and the almost immediate minicamp three weeks ago.

    “My main thing right now is just getting a feel for the whole offense, the offensive linemen, what are their set points, and receivers, what routes they run the best,” he said. “Each guy you’re trying to get a feel for. It takes time, it takes a lot of work, but I’m definitely excited about what I’m seeing.”

    And as far as a No. 1 overall pick getting cut after just three years, there’s a message there for everybody still here.

    “I think it helps push us as a team,” said Campbell, technically still competing against Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller. “Right now, of course, we know pretty much who the starters are going to be, but at the same time, everyone is out here competing as if it’s just an open field.”

    Players have been told not to speak about Russell – but his exit, combined with some other offseason moves, has the players excited about a turnaround after seven straight losing seasons.

    Guard Robert Gallery said, “We have a shot,” and Campbell said there’s definitely a buzz.

    “Guys have talked about how bad they want to get back to the winning side,” he said. “I know the last seven seasons, they’ve talked about how tough it’s been. Guys just want to win. … It’s a young football team, but a lot of guys want to work.”

    Vittorio Tafur, Chronicle Staff Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Campbell was excited about new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

    “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.”

    Posted By: Vittorio Tafur (SF Gate)

  • M Lonetree

    so, three guys limp into a bar and plop down on some barstools.

    the bartender says, “so what’ll you fellas be having today.”

    the first one says, “I’m the dynamic Nicky Miller, or at least I would be except for shin splints and I’ll have a PUP list margarita on the rocks”.

    The second one says, “I’m the potentially great Chaz Schilens, or at least I would be except for my broken foot and I’ll have IR cocktail with a twist”.

    the third one says, “I’m the greatest ex-Wild Pig who ever lived, I’m Darren McFalldown and I would be the best running back in the NFL if my toes and knees didn’t hurt so much”.

    the bartender asks, “So Mr Wild Pig, what’ll you be having?”

    DMc replies, “Nothing ’cause if you hand me a drink I’ll just drop it”.

  • RaiderRockstar
  • edward teach

    LMN,

    Johan Bruyneel is Belgian. The entire time (eleven years) he has directed the US Postal/ Discovery Channel/ Astana, and now Radio Shack teams (same teams, different title sponsor) only one of his riders has failed a doping test. That was this year, he was a new rider to the team from China, and he was fired immediately.

    Eleven years, only one positive drugs test. There have been no teams tested as frequently as his, and none more scrutinized. To say that the French have an agenda and would love to catch Armstrong or Bruyneel in a doping situation is to understate a great deal.

    Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton are two of the higher profile riders that used to ride with Lance Armstrong, and they have both been caught and admitted using PEDs. What these two and a few others have in common is that they never failed a drugs test while riding for Bruyneel, or with Armstrong. They used PEDs while riding for other teams, and in Landis’ and Hamilton’s cases, they left Bruyneel and Armstrong to become team leaders elsewhere. Team leaders have to perform in cycling, and it is very possible that (at least those two) felt the need to “help” their performance using illegal means.

    To say that US Postal’s reputation or any other team Bruyneel has been associated with is “iffy” because of that association is both presumptuous and uninformed.

  • RaiderRockstar

    the bartender asks, “So Mr Wild Pig, what’ll you be having?”

    DMc replies, “Nothing ’cause if you hand me a drink I’ll just drop it”.

    ***

    Ouch …

    I still believe in you D Dogg!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was again a spectator, after tearing his left pectoral muscle in a weight-lifting accident in April, as was second-year defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who strained a hamstring on Tuesday.

    ***

    how bad is ShoNasty’s hamstring?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gradkowski, on if it was disappointing to see the Raiders trade for Jason Campell: “Yeah, there’s no question about it. This is a business. Teams are going to do what they feel they need to do and with bringing in another quarterback, hey, that’s good for us. It’s just going to make the competition better and make the guys around us better. That’s what we’re looking forward to. I’m just looking forward to getting back and competing and knowing the games we had last year, we were fired up and we did some really good things last year. I’m excited to build on that and start out from the beginning.”

    Gradkowski, on new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson: “I love the way coach Hue Jackson gets after it. He’s disciplined, he’s hard-nosed and he’s going to get after the guys. That’s what we need. He’s come in and done a great job, along with the rest of the coaches, collaborating, putting a plan together. Now we’re just working on that plan and trying to get better each day.”

    -Paul Gutierrez (Sac Bee)

  • http://atm Raider O

    You can do it Mcfelldown!

  • RaiderRockstar

    McBey will be much improved this year.

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    # edward teach Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 7:54 am

    LMN,

    Johan Bruyneel is Belgian. The entire time (eleven years) he has directed the US Postal/ Discovery Channel/ Astana, and now Radio Shack teams (same teams, different title sponsor) only one of his riders has failed a doping test. That was this year, he was a new rider to the team from China, and he was fired immediately.

    Eleven years, only one positive drugs test. There have been no teams tested as frequently as his, and none more scrutinized. To say that the French have an agenda and would love to catch Armstrong or Bruyneel in a doping situation is to understate a great deal.

    Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton are two of the higher profile riders that used to ride with Lance Armstrong, and they have both been caught and admitted using PEDs. What these two and a few others have in common is that they never failed a drugs test while riding for Bruyneel, or with Armstrong. They used PEDs while riding for other teams, and in Landis’ and Hamilton’s cases, they left Bruyneel and Armstrong to become team leaders elsewhere. Team leaders have to perform in cycling, and it is very possible that (at least those two) felt the need to “help” their performance using illegal means.

    To say that US Postal’s reputation or any other team Bruyneel has been associated with is “iffy” because of that association is both presumptuous and uninformed.
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    dont teach me about Cyckling…, I corrected my self when I said he was dutch…

    and to say they never been testet poistive is not the same as saying they are clean… Bruyneel was unclean as a rider, but never caught… team-mates admitted they took something together with bruyneel…

    Many many retired riders have admitted they was on it all, and they too was never tested positive…

    So yes, Bruyneel is just a clever cheater than the rest..

    and Breyneels team has not been tested more than others that is simply not true..

    Bruyneel will always be synonym with Doping and cheating but he will mostly be known for getting away with it…

    and of course they are doped.. all top 50 riders, no matter hwat team are doped, they have been since the 1920, some just gets away with it..

    if you believe Lance has been clean all these years is like believe Tiger woods is a virgin..

  • http://atm Raider O

    I think the Pats will sign Jabustus. Bill B is an arrogant SOB. He thinks he can do anything! lol

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    Edward Teach…

    I assume yup I do, I assume you have only been following cycling the last 10 years, I have for over 25 years…

  • http://atm Raider O

    Trade DMAC for a Virgin!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think the Pats will sign Jabustus.

    ***

    I think so too, if JaWalrus ever wants to play again …

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    # Raider O Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I think the Pats will sign Jabustus. Bill B is an arrogant SOB. He thinks he can do anything! lol
    ______________________________________________________

    of course he will, and the worst thing he might even get him to do what you want him to do…

    jammy needs strict discipline around him, not the raiders happy-go-lucky attitude…

    crap, now its 2-0

  • RaiderRockstar
  • http://atm Raider O

    Soccer is OK, but cycling is too much….
    lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    nevermind.

    Shawn Daivari hails from Minnesota, not Ohio …

    my mistake :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    O: is your daughter a shaykhah ???

  • RaiderRockstar

    A daughter or wife of a shaykh is sometimes called shaykhah (Arabic: شيخة‎). Currently, the term shaykhah is commonly used for females of rich families, especially ruling families, in Arab countries.

    you know how Raider O is always saying “make me your leader” . he must be a ruler from someplace, right?

    O’Doyle rules!

  • the_big_one_of_83

    well i like cable because he is open to making changes like

    Campbell at FB and Houston at RB

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    # Raider O Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Soccer is OK, but cycling is too much….
    lol
    _______________________________________________________

    in the 90′s i went down there to see it live, from 2000 and onwards i said to my self not this year, but then, yet I turned on the tv and watched it like a slave…

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMAO RR

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    uffff 3-1

  • http://atm Raider O

    Did you guys hear the song Ohio made for L James?

  • RaiderRockstar

    83: well i like cable because he is open to making changes like assigning tenders to Lawton, Brown, Frye & Eugene.

    then re-signing “key” players like Khalif Barnes & Sam Williams … and letting guys like Greg Ellis & J.P. Losman hit the road

    wait. nevermind. the opposite!

  • the_big_one_of_83

    the O’dyole’s have a cool WR can we get one al please

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    I’m not Rich, but I’m working on it.
    I will build my business empire. Auto dealer, real estate, and my baby (B O O).
    Lend people money to buy Cars ( transportation) & real estate (homes) from me. I make profit and I earn int!! Hahahahaha

  • RaiderRockstar

    drafting Ford & McFadden ahead of FB John Conner.

    re-signing Joseph, Cooper & Boschetti for the D-Line.

    drafting McClain in the Top 10 with projected starting DT’s Kelly & Bryant up front (2 undrafted guys)

    coming soon: making Dick Seymour the NFL’s highest paid defensive player

  • jhill

    One interesting tidbit was Bush opening up with the first team.

    I think it’s pretty clear that McFadden will be used as a “weapon” this year. That will kinda suck for some of the WRs, because DMAC will definitely motion to the slot meaning less reps for some guys at that same spot.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    he coaches AL sings the players and tenders thats why fat ass had so much slack right