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Raiders finally come to pass

You’ve been reading in this space for the better part of the last four years about the worst passing game in the NFL.

The Raiders’ in inability to catch the ball was exceeded only by their ineffectiveness when it came to throwing it.

Poor timing. Bad routes. More footballs on the ground than eggs on Easter Sunday.

I’ve written about it for the last four training camps as well as most OTAs and minicamps. Then the Raiders would live down to expectations and show that practice does indeed make for imperfections.

So it’s worth taking note when things go well, simply because it hasn’t happened that often.

Yes, Wednesday’s practice was a mere “organized team activity.” No pads, no hard contact. But that never stopped the Raiders from having bad practices before.

With quarterback Jason Campbell getting most of the work (the company line will be about training camp competition, but the only way he doesn’t start is because of injury), the Raiders, with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson challenging his offense and talking trash to the defense, actually put a legitimate NFL passing game on the field.

(Quick admission _ my car broke down close to home, and I had to get it towed to a shop. Got back home and took another vehicle to practice and arrived late, but was told I saw most of the team sessions).

“I’ve seen how far we’ve come as an offense, and we’re much better and guys are developing,” tight end Zach Miller said. “I mean, just watching him, Heyward-Bey has been phenomenal out here. He’s matured a lot and I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of season he’s going to have.”

Indeed, Heyward-Bey was the best receiver on the field Wednesday (Chaz Schilens remains a spectator recovering from foot surgery). He caught everything thrown his way and if he even bobbled the ball once, I didn’t see it.

Most of the routes were shallow to medium depth _ he never got well downfield for a catch. But he accelerated into shallow crosses and then smoothly turned up field for gains. He made a catch on Nnamdi Asomugha and left him in the dust with a spin move for extra yards.

“Today was a really good practice for him,” Asomugha said. “That’s the best practice I’ve seen from him here. Last week we went through OTAs and he was doing a little better, I guess, there was some inconsistency.

“But today was a good day for him to build off of and see how he comes out tomorrow. It’s days like this you want to keep stringing along. You don’t want to fall back after a day like this. He was catching the ball. I don’t know that he dropped a ball. Caught maybe eight or nine, so that was good for him.”

After one red zone score, Heyward-Bey was greeted in the end zone by Louis Murphy and Tony Stewart for a three-way celebration.

Heyward-Bey, whose style is to let the failures roll off his back, sounds pretty much the same after success. Not a lot of emotion or I-told-you-sos.

“We’re just competing out here,” Heyward-Bey said. “That’s something Hue has brought in, competing against each other, wide receivers, O-line, running backs, going at the DBs. It’s fun. We have a good practice, we let them know. They have a good practice, they let us know.”

Said coach Tom Cable: “Darrius was really on today. But I thought a lot of things went in to that. I thought the quarterbacks threw him a lot of balls on time. He caught the ball well, made a move with after the catch, which I thought was most impressive. It was a very good day for him.”

More news, notes and quotes:

– Players who were present but were not practicing because of injury or illness included defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, wide receiver Phil Hubbard, linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba, Schilens and quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.

Richard Seymour was not present, having not signed his exclusive franchise tender. Tommy Kelly and Chris Johnson were not present and were “excused,” according to Cable, assuming there is such a thing in a voluntary workout.

– As a way of putting the pressure on his receivers, Jackson is directly challenging defenders _ and a frequent target is Asomugha.

“Every day and every snap,” Asomugha said. “I think I’m his enemy for some reason, his nemesis or something. I played him in Cincinnati a few times. I played him in Baltimore. We have fun with it. It is fun, fun for him. He likes doing it. Me, I just tune him out.”

Jackson rode Asomugha particularly hard when the less-than-mercurial Luke Lawton got around him following a swing pass reception from Campbell.

Asomugha can see the method in the madness.

“They need the confidence to say they’re going to go out and catch the ball every single snap. And he’s got the confidence so I guess if you can say it enough times, it can kind of leak into the receiver’s minds, too,” Asomugha said.”

– Miller on Jackson: “He’ll call them out _ even where the ball is going sometimes. He’s challenging our offense to be aggressive, be dominating. He won’t accept anything else.”

– Murphy on Jackson: He’s going to tell the defense where the ball is going and it forces us to make a play. It puts a little pressure on us. It’s great, man.”

– Interesting Asomugha comment on the development of the offense: “I don’t think it’s the new plays. We always had all these plays. It’s just that now we’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.”

Translation _ JaMarcus Russell’s lack of dedication resulted caused the Raiders to dumb down the system.

– Bruce Campbell, the fourth-round pick at Maryland who played left tackle in college, conceded his transition to right guard (for now) has been a struggle.

“I was a left tackle, now I’m playing right guard,” Campbell said. “It’s a totally different experience. I’m used to space on the outside. Now I’m on the inside with a lot of help. People would say it’s easier, but I don’t see it being easier right now.”

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

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

    Not looking good for the Top Kill BS…man, what a cluster foook. M Lonetree is right, humanity should be wiped off the face of this planet.

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    Jerry…

    Just scratch the check and get your car out of the hospital. That $385.00 for a new muffler bearing is a common repair..

    That. or wake up from your nap….

  • RaiderLen

    After taxes and agent fees, along with Vegas whore shopping, fur buying, house buying, ugly necklace buying and food and drugs I can’t imagine Russell has that much cash on hand…I can’t wait to see the Russell bankruptcy sale notices!
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    Dakota,

    Exactly. 32 mil looks good in print, but is far from the reality of what’s left in pocket.

  • raiderbaum

    Espn reports that the raiders are looking to get some of Jamarcus Russell´s money , 9.55 million

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

    Captain Mudslide & the Dingle Berry Posse Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    what drugs Dakota?
    +++++++

    Prescription meds and diet pills….I would never insinuate that an NFL player might provide money to buy drugs for his posse….

  • RaiderLen

    Dakota Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    Not looking good for the Top Kill BS…man, what a cluster foook. M Lonetree is right, humanity should be wiped off the face of this planet.

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    I can “Live” with that. My wife claims I’m an Alien.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine II
  • edward teach

    Eddie Anderson is probably being debriefed by Al’s lawyers at this very moment.

  • raiderbaum

    oops, i didn´t bother looking if someone posted the story, but i would guess its impossible to get those 9 million back because he probably spent it already in popeyes

  • Captain Mudslide & the Dingle Berry Posse

    i think it was Church’s.

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

    The Gulf would have been better off had the responsibly for shutting down this oil spill had been placed in the hands of Forrest Gump and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

  • RaiderLen

    raiderbaum Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    oops, i didn´t bother looking if someone posted the story, but i would guess its impossible to get those 9 million back because he probably spent it already in popeyes

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    The smart move would have been to BUY a Popeyes franchise or 2. Prefferably in His home State.

    Jim Otto did this. Burger King. Plus at one time Liquor Stores.

  • M Lonetree

    Dakota,

    yep.

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    Wonder who’s idea it was to have Russell’s contract re-done, with this “advance” payment..

    If it was Al, then it’s a brilliant idea.

    If it was Russell and/or his agents, …….. can’t come up with a word…

  • Plunketthead

    Today is media day at radiers.com
    We should be hearing some good news any minute now

  • RaiderLen

    Dakota Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:27 pm
    The Gulf would have been better off had the responsibly for shutting down this oil spill had been placed in the hands of Forrest Gump and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

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    Damn straight. They were to “dumb” to know that (insert solution here) it couldn’t be done.

  • Plunketthead

    I guess we will have to stop drilling for oil and start living like they did in the good old days,,,, like in 1810.

  • RaiderLen

    If it was Al, then it’s a brilliant idea.

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    I think it was AL. He’s old, but he knows contracts.

  • Seymour Bush

    If it was Russell and/or his agents, …….. can’t come up with a word…
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    No this was certainly the Raiders hedging themselves and getting some of their “investment.”

  • RaiderLen

    Plunketthead Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    I guess we will have to stop drilling for oil and start living like they did in the good old days,,,, like in 1810.

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    That will be the argument of those that have always been opposed to offshore drilling, and some now that were not.

    This “spill” is a litmus test for how we move foward.

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

    Plunketthead Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    I guess we will have to stop drilling for oil and start living like they did in the good old days,,,, like in 1810.
    ++++++++

    No, keep drilling, just don’t chintz out on proper precautions and inspections. If those buck-toothed Brits can figure out that an auto shut off is needed then so can we.

  • aig

    Al is still the old Al. And people thought he has changed. That old geezer is going to take Jawalrus to court for many years to come.

  • RaiderLen

    No, keep drilling, just don’t chintz out on proper precautions and inspections. If those buck-toothed Brits can figure out that an auto shut off is needed then so can we.

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    My understanding is that the auto shut off valve failed.

    Is that not so?

  • M Lonetree

    Plunketthead,

    Everything goes to hell on this planet for one reason. There are far too many people.
    Limited resources strain the technologies of any age when faced with the twin killers of overpopulation and forced economic growth draining the blood of the planet.

    At least Dakota has the right ratio. Back in the hunter-gatherer times humans worked an average of 20 hours per week. He said he does so himself.

    Solution? None.

  • RaiderLen

    aig Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    Al is still the old Al. And people thought he has changed. That old geezer is going to take Jawalrus to court for many years to come
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    AL is old. AL young and old has always been in court.

    In this case, imo, it’s justified.

    IF the contract was restructured in a way that payments were “advances on salary” and not guaranteed bonus money.

  • M Lonetree

    As far as JaFraud is concerned…the phrase “seizure of all assets” comes to mind. Hilarious.

  • RaiderLen

    Later Fellas.

  • M Lonetree

    And what can the NFLPA say about JaNever? Al has forked over gadzillions of cash to players over the years even if they were crap (Javon, MeAngelo, Larry Brown to name a few).

  • Raider Dell

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!!

    Just a brief stop over.

    If you were real curious and wanted to know what Jamarcus contract language stipulates, regarding this latest file by the Raiders, is quite simple.

    You or any entity can file the proper forms for the right to see the contract based on the “FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT”

    Most news or media can file and also most interested parties can file also. Are you as a Raider fan a interested party?

    My firm has completed forms within this act and received documentation for information related to case law and financial interpretations within the IRS.

    I’ve been told by counsel this act could apply to individuals seeking to find informationas broadly as this particular case.

    Jamarcus is no longer a employye of the Raiders, and the NFL would have to comply outside of it’s normal protocall.

    Why do I bring this up, instead of having lawyers through the press, spin the media to there way of thinking, you can make up your own mind based on the language and facts.

    Most contracts have boiler plate language, yet are much clearer in the substance and direction both parties must comply to.

    With our current technology, most of the info can be filed to a PDF file and submitted to your account.

    My personal feelings are without knowing the language and how it could be interpreted by an arbitor, the language or words, will have to be very clear about the employment, terms and conditions of Jamarus contract.

    The Raiders and Davis filing, have no bearing on the outcome, but if you saw ice cubes documentary, Davis doesn’t lose in court much.

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    # M Lonetree Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    RaiderLen,

    read the article. Some pay was advances on salary for this year and the next two.
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    The Raiders and Russell reworked the deal a year or so ago. They reworked the language so Russell got all the same cash up front, but instead of guaranteed “roster or signing bonuses” it was deemed advanced salary. In other words, The Raider lawyers took Eric Metz Russell’s agent to school. Kind of like the way I school richochet everyday.
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    LMAO…you are such a glutton.

    You’re like the little retarded neighborhood kid, that everyone picks on, who keeps showing up, getting his ass kicked. You whimper off, tail between legs…others sit and laugh at you.
    THEN, WHEN IT’S SAFE, you wander back down the street and yell out another name…

    Old Man…no one EVER has been completely slapped down, and exposed, as the number I did on you yesterday.
    A handful of “other” posters backed up my exact comments, exposing your cross posting ass…you left, tail between legs.

    What was almost as much fun is the beat down priest took last night, lol…that was hilarious.

    and then, RIGHT ON CUE?

    I said “bye” at 12:00 AM, Mr. B at 12;04, Reality at 12:08…EVERYONE IS GONE, and there you show up at 12:12, WHEN IT’S SAFE, and actually, STUPIDLY, state “I ran everyone off”…

    You need 5 operations just to get your spine to worm stage…don’t make me embarrass you again, Oakdork.

    You know I will ;)

  • Seymour Bush

    # Dakota Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Plunketthead Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    I guess we will have to stop drilling for oil and start living like they did in the good old days,,,, like in 1810.
    ++++++++

    No, keep drilling, just don’t chintz out on proper precautions and inspections. If those buck-toothed Brits can figure out that an auto shut off is needed then so can we.
    ============================================

    This disaster will probably spell the death knell of the oil industry and it should. It will take GENERATIONS for that ecosystem to come back if it ever does. And there is absolutely NO REASON for ANYONE to side with big oil unless you OWN BIG OIL.

    Technology currently exists where we can take solar power off of our rooftops to develop electricity, put that right into our cars, and never buy a drop of oil. We can do that easily TODAY. Not only would it be a HUGE improvement environmentally, it would be a HUGE economic driver as well, keeping trillions of dollars in the American economy instead of from Mideast oil producing nations. Who would be the big losers in all of this? Saudi Arabia, the Oil companies and the Republicans who have conned their followers into believing it’s all about “family values” and perpetuating this catastrophe.

  • Seymour Bush

    Richochet you got schooled yesterday, it is time for you to go. No one cares what you think. Seriously.

  • Plunketthead

    I was being a tad bit sarcastic.
    If we could drill the continental shelf we would not have to drill under 5 miles? of water.

    But we are entering the new global age and us Americans will have to do with less stuff so the rest of the world can have more stuff.

    Our leaders have decided this is best for us and I for one accept their wise decisions

  • Seymour Bush

    To Wit:

    • Nnamdi21 Says:
    May 25th, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    A.B. Paine II Says:
    May 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    Richochet was stalking KoolKell on the phone. Kell became fed up, traced the call, then found out where Richochet lives. Then he posted his address on the blog.
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    Ricochets an f’in psycho.

    # King of the Trolls Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    WackoRacko, you are wrong.

    Richochet should be Banned Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I’m glad to see my favorite whooping boy Richochet is in the house.

  • Plunketthead

    cmore

    This has to rank up there with the dumbest things you have ever said

    Technology currently exists where we can take solar power off of our rooftops to develop electricity, put that right into our cars, and never buy a drop of oil. We can do that easily TODAY.

  • Seymour Bush

    Richochet You can now hang your head and go back to the Whiner blog where you belong. Sucks to be you duuuuuude.

  • Plunketthead

    And to top it off, you blame it on those nasty, mean spirited reps who despise everyone unlike the dems who are kind and filled with charity for their fellow man.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Plunketthead Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    cmore

    This has to rank up there with the dumbest things you have ever said

    Technology currently exists where we can take solar power off of our rooftops to develop electricity, put that right into our cars, and never buy a drop of oil. We can do that easily TODAY.
    =================================================

    You don’t think that technology exists today? Or are you just being stupid?

  • Seymour Bush

    Plunketthead what part of the equation does not exist? We can’t develop solar power? We can’t convert that into electricty? We can’t take that electricity and put that into vehicles? We can’t run vehicles on electricty? Which one does not exist today?

  • The Big Banana

    Dakota Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I have mixed feeling about the Russell money, part of me thinks good, I hope the kid has to pay it back and loses everything, and part of me thinks Al deserved to get screwed by ignoring the warning signs about the kid’s character prior to the draft.

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    Dakota – I think Al has already learned his lesson after Russell, Walker, and Hall. The evidence is in how this offseason was handled. Cable was allowed to take a “NO KNUCKLEHEADS” approach which is flies in the face of everything Davis used to believe in. He never cared about character until now.

    So, I hear what you’re saying but I think he’s learned a good deal from this.

  • Raider Dell

    Raider O

    A “C” in economics. What was the exact class description. Also blaming a teacher is like blaming the weather on a bad day your having.

    I would review your tests and find what critical areas you didn’t understand and do your own study again, (during the summer) to refresh yourself, in understanding, what you need to know to succeed in your field of expertise.

    Im glad and happy for your other grades, keep on fightin and good job. The end is opening up to a better career for you.

    Best of luck.

  • Plunketthead

    Sure I can put 400 SF of solar panels and inverters and batteries on my roof here in AZ and buy a 60,000 dollar electric car that will take me 80 miles before I have to get back home to my SP setup. I will just cash in some stocks and bonds (hahaha) but what will the rest of the basement dwelling peons such as yourself do?

    We would be lucky to afford a three thousand dollar setup that will power a few lights and a puter or the boob tube for a few hours.

    You are still an idiot
    dont bother trolling

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    Al: “JaMarcus, I see that you like expensive jewelry.”

    Russell: “Yessir Mr. Davis, I like to be seen wearin da bling.”

    Al: “JaMarcus, what if I told you that by signing this piece of paper, you could have $9.55 million to buy more of that ‘bling’ as you call it.”

    Russell: “For real? can I use your pen Mr. Davis?”

    Al: “Here you are JaMarcus, just sign right there at the bottom.”

    Russell: “Thank you, Mr. Davis. Thanks a whole lot.”

    Al: “You are most welcome JaMarcus, I’ll be seeing you in court some day.”

  • Plunketthead

    Which one does not exist today?

    The money to do it with numbnuts
    Besides solar panels are a crappy return on investment.

    I would rather have a wind turbine like the ones that has been supplying power to the south pole for over 60 years.

  • Nnamdi21

    Raiders sue Russell

    “one speculates whether this obviously pending case had anything to do with the Raiders not seeking the services of 15 yr veteran center Kevin Mawae who also President of…yup, the NFLPA.”

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/draftermath

  • Seymour Bush

    # Plunketthead Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Sure I can put 400 SF of solar panels and inverters and batteries on my roof here in AZ and buy a 60,000 dollar electric car that will take me 80 miles before I have to get back home to my SP setup. I will just cash in some stocks and bonds (hahaha) but what will the rest of the basement dwelling peons such as yourself do?

    We would be lucky to afford a three thousand dollar setup that will power a few lights and a puter or the boob tube for a few hours.

    You are still an idiot
    dont bother trolling
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    So you completely contradicted yourself and agreed that we DO have the technology today, and then called me an idiot. You’re not much on thinking are you?

  • MistaBrown

    Seymour/OakGlen
    More trolling & starting fights today?

    When will you ever learn ?
    ________
    # Seymour Bush Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    You don’t think that technology exists today? Or are you just being stupid?

  • Silver-n-Black-666

    I myself would rather keep on using oil and polluting the earth in hopes that global warming will come sooner than thought and kill all of you retards!

  • The Big Banana

    909RaiderLifer – Russell speaks nowhere near that coherent.

  • Seymour Bush

    Plunketthead Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Which one does not exist today?

    The money to do it with numbnuts
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    Well, there is a reason for that. Reason number one is it’s the OIL INDUSTRY that is subsidized in this country, instead of solar or I’ll take your suggestion, wind. Thank you for being stupid, and helping at the same time!