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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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  • DMAC

    Yeah buddy!

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

    One last thing, Darren McFadden looked like a beast out there! Expect 1200 rushing yards from him in 2010!

    about 1 minute ago via PockeTwit .

  • DMAC

    Go Jailen!!

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

    Via David White:

    Raiders considering joint training camp practice with Dallas before they meet in preseason opener. Cowboys open camp in San Antonio.

    14 minutes ago via web

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

    – 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…..

  • DMAC

    Via DMAC:

    Raiders will kick ass this season!!

    2 seconds ago via web

  • 3 Mile Lyle

    Dakotex, I’m glad to hear about your big score.

    So I’m sure you will be thankful to me for giving you an opportunity to even up with me from the LAST TIME I beat you.

    Same bet as last time when the Fakers went down like the chokers they are?

    Celtics over the Lakers in the Finals, AGAIN.

    What do you say?

    I’ll give you a chance to even up.

    Unless you have no faith in “your” Fakers?

  • Damn They Suck

    still would like to see DHB do it in a meaningful game before i heap praise.

  • 3 Mile Lyle

    Dakotex still a coward,

    about 1 minute ago via PokeTwit.

  • lefty12

    It is no surprise DHB is improving,he has an actual NFL QB working with him.

  • Nnamdi21

    Jailen!!!

    Really nice Jerry. Thanks for adding that.

    Make a Wish has been one of my fav charities since working a gig for them back in the 90′s.

  • Nnamdi21

    Good for DHB!

    He’s been puttin’ in the work this off.

    Hope it pays

  • lefty12

    It certainly hasn’t happened yet,but if DHB improves like any Raider fan would want him to,who will be the new player everyone loves to hate?

  • Damn They Suck

    D-Mac

  • jhill

    LOL!

    Look at my new favorite player already lighting it up!

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

    # Dakota Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    LMN, did you read that article I posted for you yesterday? Great breakdown of the Dane’s mindset wasn’t it?

    Here it is again in case anyone wants to take a look.

    It is a must read for you Bo.

    http://www.rense.com/general79/brave.htm
    _______________________________________________________

    he seemed very angry, and mad about we didnt have any english groceries on the shelves, and he thought that crime was low was a bad thing, whats weird to me, when you consider he was a policeman…

    I think his views was clouded by him longing for England…

    if you travel to a country and you are pissed that its not like home you shouldnt go in the first place…

    I think his hostility towards Denmark simply made people tired of him, so he didnt get a proper taste of how we are..

    At least of all the Englishmen and Americans I know that have lived here in DK, all loved it.

  • Nnamdi21

    Sorry bout the break down Jerry!

    I like this though…

    “Brandon Rodd, Des Bryant in scrap, Lemarr Houston joins in”

    Houston likes to scrap. GOOD.

    He and Seymour may lead the league in fighting fines.

  • jhill

    who will be the new player everyone loves to hate?

    ——————————————————

    I think the rebuilding process might finally be over.

    I think the thing to watch is CB opposite Nnamdi. Especially if we mix it up and not be so predictable of defense with our coverages.

    Don’t think there is anyone left to hate, so to speak.

  • edward teach

    Did I read that wrong or did Jerry say that Dmac got flattened by a ten year old?

    BSJ should have fun with that one.

  • http://atm Raider O

    DHB, Ford, Murphy, Bush, DMC, McClain, Houston, Matt S, T Scott, and MM will do well this year. Ford as a KR/ PR!

  • lefty12

    Don’t worry Jhill,they will find someone.Look at Nick Miller-camp star last year,gets injured,and now they all want him gone for a lower rd draft pick whom they have never seen play a down.They have to have somebody to hate on.

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

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:55 pm
    Dakota Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:09 pm
    One last thing, Darren McFadden looked like a beast out there! Expect 1200 rushing yards from him in 2010!

    about 1 minute ago via PockeTwit .

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

    Read my propoganda post from the last thread, PockeTwit

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

    edward teach Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    Did I read that wrong or did Jerry say that Dmac got flattened by a ten year old?

    BSJ should have fun with that one.

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

    Are you kidding? I am ecstatic because he didn’t fumble.

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

    Trade DMAC for Jailen Cooper!

    - 1 minute ago via ElbowTitty

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

    Edward Teach..

    I pasted this in last thread.. you read it?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/sports/cycling/26cycling.html?ref=sports

  • jhill

    I still think Nick Miller can be a valuable asset to the this team. I like what little I saw from his last summer. Obviously someone on the coaching staff likes what they saw too to keep him around all year like that.

  • lefty12

    Good call though Jhill.Whether it is Rhout,Johnson,or the new McFadden-they could be the one.

  • jhill

    Nnamdi,

    I think you’re wrong about the WRs being the weak link. Only issue I see is Chaz’s health.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Jerry,

    Instead of telling posters to slow down and not repeat their posts, maybe you should focus on improving your posts.
    Keep up this work, and you will be unemployed sooner than you think!

    Good luck Jerry.

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

    lefty12 Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    Don’t worry Jhill,they will find someone.

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

    Condo!

  • jhill

    Yeah Lefty …

    I think Marshall is going to get pressure on the QB, so the CBs will have a good opportunity to do something. Remember Nnamdi played some S last year too, so Routt and CJ are going to get a lot of action.

    Will probably see Huff play some CB too.

    Really excited about the possibilities from our secondary. Again, hope we mix up the coverages to give the QB some different looks.

  • lefty12

    Miller was playing with a cracked bone in his shin and playing well.Though he had shin splints-which,by the way,hurt like hell if you’ve had them.I’d like to see what the kid can do if he is healthy.If he gets hurt again,maybe he just can’t take the rigors of the game at this level.

  • lefty12

    Bo,I think you are on an island with that one!!!!!!!

  • jhill

    DHB, Chaz, Murphy, JLH, and Ford are all locks to make the team and that’s a pretty good group.

    I think Nick Miller is competing with Watkins for the last spot. I think his STs ability will give him the edge over Watkins if as you correctly point out he can stay healthy.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Jhill,

    I like our WRs too, but they didn’t much so far! No WR on this roster had 50 catches in a season, 8+ TDs, Or 1000 yards.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Have they named Gradkowski starter yet?

  • edward teach

    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.

  • RaiderRockstar

    LOL!

    Look at my new favorite player already lighting it up!

    ***

    good for you Jhill. good for me too!

  • edward teach

    BSJ,

    lol. I guess that means he’s making progress.

  • lefty12

    Just because they haven’t doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Our WRs are young, unproven, and that makes me worry. They do have talent, but they lack exp!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think the thing to watch is CB opposite Nnamdi. Especially if we mix it up and not be so predictable of defense with our coverages.

    ***

    CB Chris Johnson = breakout year.

  • jhill

    No WR on this roster had 50 catches in a season, 8+ TDs, Or 1000 yards.

    ——————————————————-

    I think a lot of that had to do with the play caller and QB. QB didn’t give a shyt, and the play caller ignored all of that and acted like he had Peyton Manning back there.

    DHB will EASILY get 3 catches a game which should translate to the 50 catch mark if my math is decent. I don’t think we have a 100 catch guy on the roster, or the offense to produce those kinda #’s. At least I hope we don’t try that.

    Run the ball, run it again, and then run it some more. Mix in some play action, screens, and misdirection with that and that should be head and shoulders better than anything we’ve seen around here in quite some time.

  • jhill

    Wassup RRS …

    You think the Suns should just start their bench 5? They might actually be able to put us away, lol!

  • jhill

    CB Chris Johnson = breakout year.

    ——————————————————

    Isn’t dude like 35 or something?

  • http://atm Raider O

    I understand that Lefty. I like Chaz more than most of you here (he is an Aztec), but we can’t crown him yet! Same goes for DHB, Murphy, and the others.

  • jhill

    Have they named Gradkowski starter yet?

    ——————————————————-

    LOL!

    Gradkowski better hope he makes the team. Think he can beat out Boller?

  • Just Fire Baby

    DHB = Touchdown leader in 2010

  • http://atm Raider O

    CJ is 31.