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Raiders say `I told you so’ on DHB

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, June 13th, 2010 at 11:43 am in Oakland Raiders.

On the heels of a couple of highly impressive offseason workouts open to the media and ostensibly a number of others behind closed doors, Al Davis took the opportunity Sunday to turn up the pressure on second-year wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Oakland issued a highly unusual press release Sunday to tell everyone about Heyward-Bey’s progress, comparing him to the great receivers in club history.

The release was as follows:

RAIDERS’ HEYWARD-BEY PREPARES FOR PRODUCTIVE 2010 SEASON

Raiders Owner Al Davis has always said that the Raiders have had the greatest players, greatest coaches, played in the greatest games and participated in the greatest plays in the history of professional football. The Raiders have been dominant in terms of winning. The greatest wide receivers in professional football have passed through the portals of the Oakland Raiders or have been coached by Davis.

Lance Alworth Willie Gault
Art Powell Andre Rison
Warren Wells Bob Chandler
Fred Biletnikoff Jerry Rice
Cliff Branch Tim Brown
James Lofton Randy Moss

Now Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Raiders’ top pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, is prepping to join that select group. Heyward-Bey has enjoyed a workmanlike offseason where he has put in time and energy to prepare for his second NFL campaign, when many of those whose names mentioned blossomed in professional football competition.

“I’m just working on my game, using this opportunity to get better, to work with my quarterbacks and my teammates,” said Heyward-Bey following a recent OTA session. “Just going out, just playing my game. That’s all I’m doing right now. And I’m using each practice to reach my goals.”

The list of wide receivers should make any pundit or so-called expert think twice before putting negativity on Heyward-Bey. No one has come close to the excellence at wide receivers that have worn the Silver and Black. These performers have been the greatest players who have ever played the game.

THE TEAM OF THE DECADES

A few things:

– If the Raiders took a close look, they’d discover many of the so-called “pundits” who wrote about how poor Heyward-Bey was in his rookie season (he was) are the same ones (including me) who are writing how much better he looks this year (he does) in his two public practices.

Anyone who calls a rookie a bust following a single season is being foolish.

– DHB has looked terrific in the last two media sessions open to the public, no doubt.

That’s how he’s supposed to look. He was the No 7 overall pick of the draft. In no-contact offseason drills, Heyward-Bey being dominant should be a foregone conclusion. Especially in the last session, when Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Johnson were not present and Stanford Routt didn’t participate at all because of muscle tightness. Seven-on-sevens and drills against corners hoping to make the roster ought to be a series of big plays.

– Lofton was simply dazzling as a Raider, wasn’t he? They dumped him and he went on to compile numbers in Buffalo that would complete a Hall of Fame career. Los Angeles was a bus stop. Davis was also right about the talent of Randy Moss. Just look at what he did in New England after the worst two years of his career as a Raider.

– Now that it’s been determined by that Heyward-Bey has arrived, here’s hoping Davis authorizes a press release soon which tells us Darren McFadden is ready for his breakout year.

– Someone seems a little overly sensitive about the public admission by virtue of the waiver wire that JaMarcus Russell wasn’t “great” after all.

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  • Thec07

    The only thing about getting rid of nic mill, is that he could turn out to be like weaselker…

  • Thec07

    Oh yeah did i say F@CK soccer today….

  • Thec07

    We havent heard much about Miller, or Ford…
    Would be good to hear an OTA report on how they did…
    WTF is up with JLH?
    L Murphy <——- Bad A$$, and our best WR to date…

  • http://atm Raider O

    I think we should keep:
    1- Chaz
    2- Murphy
    3- DHB
    4- JLH
    5- Ford
    6- N Miller

  • Just Fire Baby

    Vincey Young in fight at strip club, and they got the video out already.

    Could the Raiders catch ANOTHER break, and have him suspended for the opener?

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    I think our depth chart currently is…

    X = Heyward-Bey/Higgins/Watkins/Bodiford/Figurs
    Z = Schilens/Murphy/Ford/Miller/Holland
    Y = Murphy

    But it “should” be…

    X = Heyward-Bey/Murphy
    Z = Schilens/Watkins (but we need a vet here)
    Y = Higgins/Miller/Ford/Bodiford (to fight it out)

    Total 6 WRs on 53 man roster…
    Schilens, Murphy, DHB, Ford, Watkins, Miller/JLH

  • http://atm Raider O

    Thec,

    F Soccer, but not the world cup!! I will have my Mexican brothers in SD talk to you.

  • Thec07

    Raider O Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 7:19 am
    I think we should keep:
    1- Chaz
    2- Murphy
    3- DHB
    4- JLH
    5- Ford
    6- N Miller

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    Dont know that I agree with the list above, its too flanker heavy, unless you can get JLH to play another
    WR position other than Y, with this list you have zero depth at the other positions…

  • Thec07

    Man i dont give a flying F@CK about soccer or the world cup f@CK um both hombre…

  • Thec07

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 7:21 am
    Vincey Young in fight at strip club, and they got the video out already.

    Could the Raiders catch ANOTHER break, and have him suspended for the opener?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Got footage?

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

    Thec07 Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 7:25 am
    Man i dont give a flying F@CK about soccer or the world cup f@CK um both hombre…

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

    LMAO. Odalay.

  • Thec07

    soccer<——-Bunch of guys doing cardio…

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG
  • Thec07

    vince Young <——- AZZ hat…

  • Thec07

    GG, thanks for the post Bruh….
    That chick got out of dodge pronto…
    thats some funny S#!T…

  • RaiderRockstar

    nic mill may be at risk of not making the team

    ***

    Thec07: Nick Miller won’t make the final 53 man

    couldn’t agree more

    DHB, Murph, Chaz, JLH & Ford are locks.

    Watkins, Holland or Figurs will be the 6th … if we even keep a 6th

  • http://atm Raider O

    Thec,

    It’s nice being in SD during the World cup. A lot of Mexicans love soccer.
    Viva la Mexico!!!! Great culture, food, and women!

  • RaiderRockstar

    BSJ: I’m pretty upset that the refs keeping hating on the Lakers this postseason, aren’t you?

    2 games against the Thunder, 2 games against the Suns and now 3 games against the Celtics …

    the refs have cost the Lakers 7 games thus far!

    what gives ???

    Seems like they’ve got Howard Stern running this clown show instead of David Stern :(

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    It’s funny that Young lost it, snapped so bad over the upside down longhorns sign. And yeah, that girl could be a good DE with those moves.

  • Thec07

    Raider O Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 7:37 am
    Thec,

    It’s nice being in SD during the World cup. A lot of Mexicans love soccer.
    Viva la Mexico!!!! Great culture, food, and women!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    the mexican culture is on point imo… However soccer is kickball…

  • RaiderRockstar

    the NFL refs suck too.

    they cost Oakland 11 wins last year!

  • Thec07

    RR, We need to keep 6, as with injuries, and chaz not playing a full one yet…

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    We’ll keep 6 because one of them figures (no pun intended) to be the return guy.

  • Thec07

    Problem with miller is I would hate to see us get rid of him and he turns out to be a weaselker type…

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMAO GG

  • Thec07

    Vince Young <——-Krusty the Clown…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nick Miller has the same chance of becoming Wes Welker as Todd Watkins does of becoming the next Andre Johnson …

    “one of them figures (no pun intended) to be the return guy.”

    pretty clever GG! haha

  • http://atm Raider O

    Thec,

    Let’s go to the OAK/ SD game. Do they still have that 3 game pack crap for That game?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raider O: can you get a Philip Rivers doll and slam it against the wall at Qualcomm like the Raiders used to do with Tony Gonzalez?

    that would be sweet!

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    Our WR corp is still pretty thin unfortunately.
    Murphy proved himself last season, things looking up, but VERY inexperienced.
    Schilens is good, but can he stay healthy?
    DHB is still learning and will take a year or two more.
    Watkins is fodder really.
    Ford will stay on roster naturally drafted but so raw/inexperienced.
    JLH can be a good slot receiver (see slant from Russell two years ago), but he’s very inconsistent and now seems gun-shy as well.
    Miller the next Armand Shields?
    Bodiford, Figurs, just camp legs.

    We need a Reggie Wayne or Derrick Mason type vet.

  • jhill

    I’ll get this out of the way …

    Lakers are done. My keys to the series were Gasol/KG matchup and Pierce/Artest. Gasol and Artest let the Lakers down big time. Unless they awake, it’s OVER!

    Oh well!

    Make room for LeBron!

  • RaiderRockstar

    We need a Reggie Wayne or Derrick Mason type vet.

    ***

    GG: I wanted Moose, but he retired this offseason

    I’m not a Terrell Owens fan, so i’ll pass on that.

    who else is left on the market? Kevin Curtis & Marty Booker? maybe Lav Coles?

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    Yeah!!!! Put tape on his mouth, and a rope around his neck!!
    Kill!!! Kill!! Kill The mouth from the South!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: your boy DHB is getting much love from the Raiders front office …

    your thoughts?

  • jhill

    Our WRs are fine …

    DHB
    Chaz
    Murphy
    JLH
    Ford
    Miller

    There’s your 6.

    Ford and Miller are your eturn guys.

  • jhill

    Don’t like the DHB press release RRS …

    Really cheesy!

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    Kevin Curtis more the downhill speedster, we got plenty of those, we need one more stout hands guy. Not sure who is available in FA, will try to see if i can find a list.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think Rock Cartwright & Yamon Figurs are better ST guys than Nick Miller. and Watkins is a better receiver

    little nicky = camp fodder

  • http://atm Raider O

    King James will stay in Ohio!!
    The Raiders will not lose 10 games!!
    The OSU will destroy mich AGAIN!!

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG
  • RaiderRockstar

    gonna go see the “A Team” tomorrow night …

    is it worth seeing? anybody here watched it yet?

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    This is from June 12 i think…

    Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
    WR Sam Aiken UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
    WR Jason Avant UFA Philadelphia Eagles Free Agent
    WR Arnaz Battle UFA San Francisco 49ers Free Agent
    WR Steve BreastonNew player news! RFA Arizona Cardinals Free Agent
    WR Isaac Bruce UFA San Francisco 49ers Free Agent
    WR Antonio BryantNew player news! UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agent
    WR Chris Chambers UFA San Diego Chargers Free Agent
    WR Mark Clayton UFA Baltimore Ravens Free Agent
    WR Airese Currie UFA Chicago Bears Free Agent
    WR Ronald Curry UFA Detroit Lions Free Agent
    WR Braylon EdwardsNew player news! UFA Cleveland Browns Free Agent
    WR Lee EvansNew player news! UFA Buffalo Bills Free Agent
    WR Yamon Figurs RFA Baltimore Ravens Free Agent
    WR Brian Finneran UFA Atlanta Falcons Free Agent
    WR Larry Fitzgerald UFA Arizona Cardinals Free Agent
    WR Joey Galloway UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
    WR Chris Henry UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
    WR Devin HesterNew player news! UFA Chicago Bears Free Agent
    WR Domenik HixonNew player news! UFA New York Giants Free Agent
    WR Sam Hurd UFA Dallas Cowboys Free Agent
    WR Chad Jackson UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
    WR Vincent JacksonNew player news! UFA San Diego Chargers Free Agent
    WR Michael Jenkins UFA Atlanta Falcons Free Agent
    WR Adam Jennings UFA Atlanta Falcons Free Agent
    WR Greg Jennings UFA Green Bay Packers Free Agent
    WR Brandon MarshallNew player news! UFA Denver Broncos Free Agent
    WR Ruvell Martin UFA Green Bay Packers Free Agent
    WR Derrick Mason UFA Baltimore Ravens Free Agent
    WR Sean Morey UFA Arizona Cardinals Free Agent
    WR Sinorice MossNew player news! UFA New York Giants Free Agent
    WR Kassim Osgood UFA San Diego Chargers Free Agent
    WR Logan Payne RFA Seattle Seahawks Free Agent
    WR Peerless Price UFA Buffalo Bills Free Agent
    WR Josh Reed UFA Buffalo Bills Free Agent
    WR Brad Smith UFA New York Jets Free Agent
    WR Maurice Stovall UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agent
    WR Kevin Walter UFA Houston Texans Free Agent
    WR Hines WardNew player news! UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
    WR Jeff Webb UFA Kansas City Chiefs Free Agent
    WR Roddy White UFA Atlanta Falcons Free Agent
    WR Demetrius Williams UFA Baltimore Ravens Free Agent
    WR Troy WilliamsonNew player news! UFA Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agent

  • RaiderRockstar

    not sure what to think of Quinton Jackson (or anybody!) playing Mr. T ….

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    That list is pretty bad actually, so many things out of date with it. Sorry for posting it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    GG: that list is WWWWWAAAAAYYYY old …

    I think the only guys not signed off of there are Ronald Curry (no thanks) & Peerless Price (older than dirt)

    Jerry Porter, Drew Carter & Ashley Lelie are also available *puke*

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    There’ll be more available after initial roster cuts during the pre-season.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Amazing when you think of the game in Denver two years ago, when we won and Jamarcus had probably his best game.

    Jamarcus, with Fargas in the backfield, with Lelie and Curry starting at WR. All of them are out of the league.

    Doesn’t say much for that Donkey defense.

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

    I think Al Davis has healthier knees than Drew Carter…

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

    So is tomorrow our last OTA before camp? Will Jerry have access?

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    Or how about that game 3 years ago when McClown had to play with a bandaged throwing hand and we beat them with that long Janikowski FG but a TO was called just before it (supposedly) and he missed the next one. I remember that pump fake freezing Dre Bly.