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OTA quick hits

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 12:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A few impressions from the just-concluded OTA practice in Alameda:

– Can’t roll my eyes anymore when Tom Cable tells how much Darrius Heyward-Bey has improved. Best practice I’ve ever seen him have, and there isn’t anything else that’s even a close second.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said it was the best he’d seen Heyward-Bey play.

– The dominant figure on the field continues to be offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who fortunately isn’t muzzled when he is on the field.

Jackson is talking trash, calling out defenders as targets (including Asomugha), putting pressure on his offense to make plays.

Haven’t seen a Raiders passing offense look this good in years. I realize it’s just OTAs and non-contact drills, but even in those situations the pass offense has been subpar since 2006.

– Great moment at the close of practice when Jailen Cooper, age 10, flattened his favorite Raider, Darren McFadden, in the midst of a gauntlet of Raiders chanting his name.

Jailen had surgery to remove a tumor from is pituitary gland in December of 2008 and has undergone a rough road with chemotherapy. His visit was arranged by the Raiders and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jailen’s mother, Jessie, reports her son is doing fine, a recent MRI showed no tumor and the prognosis is good for a full recovery.

The Raiders sent Jailen a No. 1 jersey with his name on the back and he addressed the media following practice along with Cable. Raiders CEO Amy Trask said there were a lot of lumps in a lot of throats at the reaction of Jailen when he saw a locker which was set up for him in the Raiders’ locker room.

More to come later . . .

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  • lefty12

    You guys must have really short memories.Don’t you remember the good hands and catches Miller showed last year before he got hurt.You can’t blame him because he was kept on the active roster all year.

  • http://atm Raider O

    You People Need Me!!!
    Leader O!!!

  • jhill

    How many times should we target Murphy, Chaz, Z Miller, JLH, RBs, and how many times are we going to pass the ball in a 1 game?

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    Depends on the flow of the game.

    Like I said, I think we should run the ball 30-40 times a game and run PA off of that. To be honest, I think the primary targets in the passing game should be DMAC and Miller. The other guys are all “role players”, if you will. DMAC against a S or LB is a mismatch. Miller against a LB is a mismatch. I wouldn’t say that any of our WR are a mismatch. Once the defense adjusts to DMAC and Miller, THEN we should see something from the other guys.

    I expect 2-3 catches per game from the top 4 WRs, with MAYBE one of the guys jumping up to 5 or more if the D adjusts to DMAC and Miller. I expect DMAC to get 4 or 5 cathes a game, and Miler to get at least that.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Ever hear those rumors the offense was dummied down for the last quarterback in town (JaMarcus Russell, cough cough)? Here’s what Nnamdi said was the difference between these OTAs and last year’s:

    “We’ve always had all these plays. It’s just that now they’re running them. Last year they were taking more time on their basic plays whereas now he’s going straight into everything and it’s helping them out.”

    Rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain looks either lost in coverage or unable to keep up. If he can stop the run as a rookie, the defense can pick him up in coverage.

    Of more concern is outside linebackers Trevor Scott and Kamerion Wimbley in coverage at the same time. Not sure man coverage is their thing.

    I (heart) Michael Bush. You know, in a manly, football way.

    No thoughts on the offensive line in noncontact drills, but outside of OL MVP Robert Gallery at left guard, I don’t know how they’ll put the same cast out there from last year and expect different results.

    -David White (SF Gate)

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

    New QB, new offensive coordinator, HC nut sucker Fargas gone, DHB hand transplant went well…9-7 baby!

    Oh wait, Cable is still the HC (although his job description is now Timeout Coordinator/assistant o-line coach), and we really don’t know if we addressed the RT, RG and C problems….hmmmmmm…maybe 6-10?

    I like some of the changes, but so much more could have been done…

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Make me your Leader!!!

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::

    No more Leader Monkeys!

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  • edward teach

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    Jason Campbell has pocket presence, incredible accuracy and nice touch on his ball … everything JaMarcus Russell lacked.

    No one is happier about this than the wide receivers. Almost every ball caught them in stride, on time, on the money. Suddenly, the Raiders offense has a chance.

    “When you have someone throwing the ball where you can catch it and on time and those kinds of things, it gives them a chance to have success, and build their confidence and grow as a unit,” coach Tom Cable said. “I think it’s having a lot to do with what’s going on.”

    -David White (SF Gate)

    Translation: “I’m so happy we cut that tub of goo we had masquerading as a quarterback, I can’t even put it into words. It probably saved my job.”

  • jhill

    IMO, the only way Nick Miller makes this team is if he can beat out Jacoby Ford on ST.

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    I’d like to know what happened to cause Nick Miller to fall out of favor? The guy was kept around ALL last year. He obviously impressed someone wouldn’t ya think?

    To think Yamon Figurs who can’t play WR, or John Holland who can’t return kicks has a chance to beat out this guy then quite frankly you haven’t been paying attention. If something happens to Jacoby Ford, we are right back where we were last year in the return game.

    Nick Miller is your #6 WR unless he’s hurt again in which case it’s Todd Watkins. Those other guys aren’t even in the discussion.

  • lefty12

    you shouldn’t insult monkeys like that!!!!!!!!

  • jhill

    Who do you predict J?

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    Don’t really disagree with Miller, but I think he’ll have a lot of attention.

  • raidertbone

    DHB improving … Hue Jack talkin’ smack … a lot of intensity and motivation … killer story about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Jailen (love the touch about setting up a locker for him!!) … if we’re not careful, a lot of people are going to just start jumping on this Silver and Black bandwagon — we’ll have too many people on board the train and have to kick a few people off (like “Ricky” and RMR).

  • lefty12

    Short memories,Jhill.

  • aig

    Man, I am so excited to see the Raiders offense function like a real nfl team now. If they can’t even complete passes without contacts then how do we expect them to complete them with contacts? 1 step at a time. It sounds like David White and Jerry are pretty geeked out. It’s time we join the NFL again.

  • jhill

    Jhill,I have to disagree to an extent.The majority of DHBs patterns will still be fly routes

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    I really hope not Lefty. I really hope not.

    I think that would completly ignore a huge part of what he can offer. Letting him run WITH the ball instead of running FOR the ball would make a big difference, imo.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Preppie,

    I don’t want your vote. People from much are not allowed to vote even after they take a voting test. I’m not allowing the monkeys to vote.

  • edward teach

    I think Nick Miller’s future with the Raiders is tied to Rock Cartwright’s. If Cartwright makes the team over Michael Bennett, Watkins is the sixth receiver. If Bennett beats out Cartwright, it’s Miller.

    Keep in mind that Miller is primarily a slot receiver. Ford and JLH will also be running routes from the slot.

  • raidertbone

    What you are forgetting, however, is that if we can get a lot of passes out to the other receivers, coverage will have to tighten up. Then, DHB can blow past single man coverage with his speed — my guess is that a lot of his catches will be of the bomb variety. He may not get many, but perhaps they can really stretch the field with him this year, like they had planned to last year (oh, and he still has to CATCH them!)

  • lefty12

    Jhill,don’t get me wrong,I believe he will get some of the throws you wish for,but IMO,most will be fly or post routes.Once he catches a few of those imagine what will open up underneath for the Miller,JLH,and Ford type receivers-to say nothing of clearing out an area for McFadden.

  • jhill

    Of more concern is outside linebackers Trevor Scott and Kamerion Wimbley in coverage at the same time.

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    That’ll never happen.

  • raidertbone

    I think Ford makes the team; I also think we can’t keep both Nick Miller and JLH. Watkins beats out Figurs.

  • jhill

    I like some of the changes, but so much more could have been done…

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    “So” much more?

    Like what?

  • raidertbone

    Where are they now? Stryker Sulak!

  • DMAC

    Like I said. We already have our slot reciever in JLH. We drafted another slot guy in Jacoby. Nick Miller will only make this team if he can beat out Jacoby in ST. + it seems as if Watkins has recieved his scholarship already.

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    # Dakota Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    – Can’t roll my eyes anymore when Tom Cable tells how much Darrius Heyward-Bey has improved. Best practice I’ve ever seen him have, and there isn’t anything else that’s even a close second.

    Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said it was the best he’d seen Heyward-Bey play.
    +++++++++

    Hope so…but didn’t he have a practice last year where he caught like 13 straight passes or something like that? If he can come through this year it would change everything…..
    =============================
    Difference of practice, and game day, is night and day, obviously.
    What is also obvious is when Bey is anticipating a hit everything changes..back to short arming balls, and hands of stone, unfortunately.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: McClain, Wimbley & Scott (ie. ‘the new starters’) are all getting abused in coverage …

    You’re gonna hear me say “Do you miss Morrison yet” pretty often throughout the season.

    now we’re gonna get beat versus the run AND pass fairly regular

  • raidertbone

    When asked recently about Jenny Craig, JaBustus said, “Naw man, I want that big ‘ol butt — that chick that used to be on that TV show thang!”

  • DMAC

    Say what you want to say about T. Howard, but you have to admit he’s our best cover LB on this team.

  • lefty12

    One of those two,if not both,will have to sit in obvious passing downs and with Scotts pass rushing ability it should make things interesting.The LBing core should really be something to watch heading into the season.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Morrison got beat in coverage all year. Teams ABUSED us across the middle. We cannot do worse.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nick Miller is your #6 WR unless he’s hurt again in which case it’s Todd Watkins. Those other guys aren’t even in the discussion.

    ***

    Jhill: Jerry Mac reported Watkins, Holland & Higgins were making plays last week.

    This week it’s DHB & Ford.

    all thats been said of Nick Miller up to this point is “he’s returned to practice”.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Hey Richochet, do the Niners have a blog with this kind of following?

  • DMAC

    Jhill: McClain, Wimbley & Scott (ie. ‘the new starters’) are all getting abused in coverage …

    You’re gonna hear me say “Do you miss Morrison yet” pretty often throughout the season.

    now we’re gonna get beat versus the run AND pass fairly regular
    ===============================
    RRS,
    Let’s look at it in a positive perspective…..
    Our LB’s are getting beat, becuase of our new high powered passing game on offense.
    LMAO

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    # raidertbone Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    DHB improving … Hue Jack talkin’ smack … a lot of intensity and motivation … killer story about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Jailen (love the touch about setting up a locker for him!!) … if we’re not careful, a lot of people are going to just start jumping on this Silver and Black bandwagon — we’ll have too many people on board the train and have to kick a few people off (like “Ricky” and RMR).
    ====================
    LMAO.
    That is a broken record.
    It’s the offseason.
    Visions of grandeur with nothing but “hope” gets fleas like you all giddy as hell.
    Talks of “playoffs” and “winning the division” will soon sprout from those Spring Time Optimists.

    Reality is the oline is still suspect.

    WR corp is anything but solid..and it’s all on a “hope”.

    Traded a really bad 5-11 level qb for another 5-11 qb, who played behind a better online, and had better targets…and that’s just the offense.

    Cable is still coach.

    and ‘kick a few people off’??
    lol…in your dreams, mental midget

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

    jhill Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    I like some of the changes, but so much more could have been done…

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    “So” much more?

    Like what?
    +++++++++++++++++++

    RT
    RG
    C
    NT
    HC
    FB

    Jhill, I know that you will come back with some great hypothesis as to why K. Barnes or L. Walker are somehow going to fix our o-line issues…or how the little school guy or the workout warrior will fix it, and I know you don’t believe in run stuffing NTs, and you probably think using Bush and McFadden at the same time is great, and maybe you think Cable is the only coach on Earth that will stick around with all the Al Davis BS, therefore he should be kept, and that Lawton is god’s gift to FBs, or some UFA will take over…

    …there, did I save you the time and effort?

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I would have been much more comfortable had we added Brad Hoover, Rex Hadnot, John Henderson or Fat Albert to the mix…not to mention a legit NFL HC (but hopefully Cable’s demotion will help in that area)…

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  • KensaiKatai

    I just came to say that some of the people who post comments here are complete jokes and i’m thoroughly convinced they aren’t even Raider fans but Choker fans or Whiner fans who are here in a futile attempt to sabotage the positive energy and aura that is now surrounding this franchise and organization for the first time in a good long while. Won’t matter, new players and coaches WILL CONTRIBUTE this year and it’s going to be a long year for the people who’d rather love to hate us than love to love their own.

    Have an ignorant day.

    Go Raiders.

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    # edward teach Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    LMN,

    I just read it. I tink it’s the first time I’ve heard of that in this country, but in Italy it’s standard practice to prosecute a person that has failed a dope test or been caught with doping products in that manner. The crime over there is called “Sporting Fraud”.

    Of course, to be convicted of Sporting Fraud you have to have failed a drug test and/or been caught with something.

    You can’t be prosecuted over hearsay.
    _______________________________________________________

    Not only in italy, they did than in France as well, with the Festina scandal…

    True, You can’t be prosecuted over hearsay, that would be barbaric…

    But just wait, the case is rolling, the more the feds are pressing the more comes forward, the more that gets forward, even more will come out… and then even more will come forward…

  • Random Drug Tester

    Repost

    Random Drug Tester Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 9:15 pm
    Hey Bo Sham Beckler…how did you do against the VC?

  • SteveAlford21

    Can I post yet?

  • darkhorse

    I like to hear stories about the organization doing something more to help charities. Smiles*

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