Post-OTA quick hits


Some quick hits following Wednesday’s organized team activity session on what turned out to be a Twitter-free day, with more to come later:

— The biggest news Wednesday was the return to the field of wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who originally wasn’t expected back until training camp following postseason surgery on his left foot.

Schilens looked a little rusty but caught a few passes and was involved in most of the drills and some of the team sessions. Schilens didn’t go into specifics other than to say his foot was “fixed,” an indication he wasn’t playing at anywhere near full sterngth following his return last season.

Coach Tom Cable said Schilens showed enough during rehab during the last OTA that this week was considered a possibility after the week off.

— With cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Johnson among the absentees and Stanford Routt experiencing some muscle tightness, draft picks Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware took turns getting abused by an Oakland passing offense that continues to make strides and looks light years ahead of anything we’ve seen since 2006.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had a coming out party of sorts in the previous OTA, built on that effort Wednesday. He had only one catch he appeared to fight (he caught it anyway) and otherwise did what a first-round talent is supposed to do in no-contact drills _ have his way with the defense.

— As Cable concluded his post practice press briefing, quarterback Bruce Gradkkowski was working on drop backs and making some light throws from about 20 to 25 yards with members of the athletic training staff.

— Among those who were not present at practice were defensive lineman Richard Seymour, Asomugha, Johnson, linebackers Sam Williams and Isaiah Ekejiuba and offensive tackles Tommy Kelly and William Joseph.

Signed to the roster were a pair of offensive linemen _ tackles Allen Smith and Elliott Vallejo. Smith is an undrafted rookie out of Stanford, Vallejo, from U.C. Davis, has spent time on the Raiders practice squad.

— Gave up trying to send Twitter updates after several unsuccessful attempts and instead concentrated on watching practice . . .

More to come . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Nnamdi21

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    Pat Patterson is the man reporting on Raiders Football. He always raises good points and brings insight on the most boring rainy days. You have to check him out. His on FB as well, good stuff!


    No offense Jerri I enjoy your articles as well, don’t start farting out hot sauce, you’re cool.

    I know he’s got a “degree” but it doesn’t show in his writing. Truly awful most of the time.

    How someone so worthless and incorrect 90% of the time can have a job as a “journalist” is beyond me.

    This a is a fat jobless loser posing as a journalist.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Boller = toast

    Charlie Frye will make the team as 3rd stringer

    every time we read something about Boller from OTA’s it’s negative. getting sacked or throwing INT’s

    Frye looked pretty good last season apart from having 3 INT’s against Cleveland. he moved the offense well in that game too, though. just forced a few throws he should had thrown away (see Kerry Collins in Oakland) Week 17 was a thing of beauty before he got knocked out

  • # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    # Lynn from Snot Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Campbell is light years ahead of the garbage we had going into last year. That makes a big difference.



    5-11 = hater. After this draft and getting rid of #2 that seems a bit harch.

  • Nnamdi21

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    # Nnamdi21 Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Wishing RMR would get banned again permanently…from the planet.


    Pfft. I wish you would get banned from the planet.

    Ooh! ugh! OW! You got me!

    I bow before your greatness. What kind of a comeback could I possibly have. You’ve cut me to the quick. No possible way for me to redeem myself after such a sound verbal thrashing.

    Guess you really showed me.

    jack azz

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!