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Raiders say `I told you so’ on DHB

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

    Box stats from that 2007 game…

    Lost 20-23 in OT

    First downs: OAK 11, DEN 26
    Rush-yards-TDs: OAK 35-200-0, DEN 38-181-1
    Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT: OAK 8-17-73-1-3, DEN 23-33-269-1-2
    Sacked-yards: OAK 4-20, DEN 2-9
    Net pass yards: OAK 53, DEN 260
    Total yards: OAK 253, DEN 441
    Fumbles-lost: OAK 3-0, DEN 1-0
    Turnovers: OAK 3, DEN 2
    Penalties-yards 10-70 6-34

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

    There was also that 44 yard INT return TD to Howard.

    But how woeful our offensive passing back then. Our passing has been woeful for 4 straight years. I think 2010 is gonna be lights out better. And due to that, can see our rushing getting itself back to loftier heights.

  • Just Fire Baby

    8-17 for 73 yards 1 TD and 3 picks????

    Man, that would be tough for even Jamarcus to pull off.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think Al Davis has healthier knees than Drew Carter…

    ***

    LOL!

    thats probably true.

    Jerry Mac: since DHB is basically on his way to Canton, can you please put him atop your blog?

    http://americansportsblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/wide-receiver-darrius-heyward-bey-of-the-oakland-raiders.jpg

    STUD!

  • RaiderRockstar

    These guys all got dumped in the last week:

    Bryan Anderson, WR
    Mike Teel, QB
    David King, P
    Sam Swank, K
    Trey Stross, WR
    Aaron Webster, S
    Brian Johnston, DE
    Amon Gordon, DE
    Eric Ward, QB
    Maurice Price, WR
    Chris Hannon, WR
    Joey Elliott, QB
    Keith Flemming, RB
    Pat Simonds, WR
    Chris Zardas, RB
    Will Croner, DE
    Jorge Guerra, T
    Ryan Moats, RB
    Michael Allan, TE
    Patrick Carter, WR
    Quinton Teal, S
    Kevin Dixon, LB
    Alvin Bowen, LB
    Antoine Holmes, DT
    Marcus McCauley, CB
    Sean Ryan, TE
    Boris Lee, LB
    Justin Jeffries, T
    Marcel Thompson, WR
    Willie VanDeSteeg, DE
    Stephan Virgil, CB
    Joe Tonga, G

    any of them worth a look for training camp ???

    the more competition the better imo!

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

    Maurice Price has some talent but he’d be like another Todd Watkins at the moment.

  • RaiderRockstar

    SD signed vet free agents OT Tra Thomas & WR Josh Reed since Marcus McNeill & Vincent Jackson are likely to hold out for new deals through all or most of training camp …

    how does Raider Nation feel about this ???

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

    Mike Teel is with the patriots now, 3rd stringer, he’s talented but probably wont push anyone on our roster.

    Dunno about a lot from that list tho tbh.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Maurice Price has some talent but he’d be like another Todd Watkins at the moment.

    ***

    As a junior at Charleston Southern University he led the nation in receptions with 103 passes caught. Price then entered the NFL draft pool, skipping his senior season. He impressed many teams with his extraordinary athletic ability which included over 11 feet in the broad jump and over 40 inches in the vertical leap.

    After being passed-up in the NFL draft he was offered undrafted free agent contracts by 15 NFL clubs.

    6’1″ 200 lbs – 24 years old

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

    Joe Tonga.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mike Teel is with the patriots now, 3rd stringer, he’s talented but probably wont push anyone on our roster.

    ***

    the Patriots cut him on 06/11. drafted by Seattle in RD6 last year …

    In 2006, along with Brian Leonard, Tiquan Underwood, Eric Foster, Kenny Britt, and Ray Rice, Teel led Rutgers to a 9–0 start and one of the biggest wins in school history with a victory over Louisville, then ranked #3 nationally by the Coaches’ Poll. The Scarlet Knights finished with an 11–2 record as Teel tallied 2,135 passing yards and 12 touchdowns on the season.

    In 2007, as a junior, Teel started 13 games, passing for 3,147 yards and 20 touchdowns. He attempted a career-high 52 passes against Connecticut on November 3, finishing the game with 343 passing yards.

    Teel struggled at the outset of the 2008 campaign by throwing seven interceptions over his first six games as the Scarlet Knights stumbled to a 1–5 record, but the fifth-year senior rallied and led Rutgers to six straight wins to close out the season along with a fourth straight berth in a college bowl game. On October 25, 2008, Teel threw six touchdown passes for 362 yards against #17 Pittsburgh, a school record. He was chosen as National Player of the Week for the first time in his career. On December 4, 2008, Teel had a career night in the final home game of his college career, completing 21 of 26 passes for 447 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions as Rutgers routed Louisville 63-14. The yardage and touchdown totals were single game school records as the Scarlet Knights finished their schedule at 7–5.

    On the last game of his collegiate career in the 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl against NC State, Teel helped Rutgers rally from a 17–6 deficit by throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

    On January 25, 2009, Teel was honored as Big East Conference Player of the Year by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association

    6’3″ 230 lbs – 24 years old

  • M Lonetree

    Rockstar,

    the photo you requested that Jerry use on the banner is an old D “Hands of Stone” Heyward-Bey pic.

    need a new #85 Darrius “Future HOFer” Humuhumu-Bey photo for compliance.

  • inonewordraider

    sometimes you wonder if Al cares more about proving people wrong than winning

  • RaiderRockstar

    sometimes you wonder if Al cares more about proving people wrong than winning

    ***

    inonewordraider: I break it down like this …

    60 percent winning
    40 percent giving the middle finger to the media

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    ok??????

  • RaiderRockstar

    need a new #85 Darrius “Future HOFer” Humuhumu-Bey photo for compliance.

    ***

    M: couldn’t find one

    can you?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Why can’t I quote a comment where someone uses the A word, spelling it with zz instead of ss, but they can use that word in their comment? Am I to understand different people are allowed to use different words?

    Anyhow, Thec, if Al signed Vince Young today, you’d be calling him the next Jim Plunkett and chalking his fight up to nothing more than boys being boys.

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

    Am I to understand different people are allowed to use different words?

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    We can only hope.

  • M Lonetree

    I heard rumor that the two days of lost OTAs were going to be days in which “Wild Pig” formations were to be worked on heavily (to see if McFumble would or would not drop the ball each time).

    Since those days are now lost, the “Wild Pig” idea has been shelved and a new notion has surfaced among the coaches with regards to DMc.

    Should his fumbling and self-tackling continue, and so his drafting won’t be a total loss, there is agreement to send McF to Irian Jaya in exchange for a kilo of sweet potatoes as the denizens of that area still do enjoy partaking of two-legged “wild pig” roasts.

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

    Im not sure, but I think we signed Maurice Price during last camp, then cut him. He’d just been cut from the Chiefs, when new coach Hayley decided he didn’t like him, but Price the season before (his rookie year) had some good stats for the Chiefs that year in limited time on the field.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    # inonewordraider Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    sometimes you wonder if Al cares more about proving people wrong than winning

    …………………..

    The first step toward enlightenment. Congratulations.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Testing.

    Thec07

  • M Lonetree

    Rockstar,

    the new #85 photos are not out yet because whenever someone tried to snap a pic of Humuhumu-Bey he passed so quickly that it was all just a blur.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Why can’t I copy and paste Thec’s comments? But I can everyone else’s? Weird.

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

    M Lonetree Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:27 am
    I heard rumor that the two days of lost OTAs were going to be days in which “Wild Pig” formations were to be worked on heavily (to see if McFumble would or would not drop the ball each time).

    Since those days are now lost, the “Wild Pig” idea has been shelved and a new notion has surfaced among the coaches with regards to DMc.

    Should his fumbling and self-tackling continue, and so his drafting won’t be a total loss, there is agreement to send McF to Irian Jaya in exchange for a kilo of sweet potatoes as the denizens of that area still do enjoy partaking of two-legged “wild pig” roasts.

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

    I believe they call it “long pig”

    http://www.amazon.com/Serve-Man-Cookbook-People/dp/1880448823

  • M Lonetree

    BoSJack,

    Bravo. I couldn’t recall the phrase “long pig”. You da man.

  • DMAC

    Morning Peoples!!

  • DMAC
  • RaiderRockstar

    the new #85 photos are not out yet because whenever someone tried to snap a pic of Humuhumu-Bey he passed so quickly that it was all just a blur.

    ***

    I wish somebody had footage of him beating Nnamdi for six a few weeks ago (when N21 was present)

  • DMAC
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  • M Lonetree

    BoSJack,

    one of the truly “there is justice in this world” stories can be found in a book called “The Heart of the Sea”.

    a true story that was the basis for Melville’s “Moby Dick”.

    The Nantucket whaling ship Essex headed for the South Pacific since whalers had already killed all the whales in the North and South Atlantic. The Essex was indeed rammed and sunk by a sperm whale (yay!) and when all of the survivors piled into the small whale-chasing boats they had a decision to make. Row with the prevailing currents and they’d be in Tahiti in about a week. Or head back, against trade winds and currents, the 4,000 miles to South America.

    80 years earlier French and English had brought back knowledge of the paradisical Society Islands and their compliant sexual mores. Seems like every sailor in the world wanted to get in on that action except for the Quakers of Nantucket.

    The pig-headed Quakers, not trusting the common knowledge of other folk, feared rumors of cannibalism so instead of drifting to South Pacific idyll they opted to row back to South America. The 100 days it took them left few survivors and those that did live only did so because they ate their shipmates.

  • DMAC

    I might be little late on this one…

    Raiders signed OT Elliot Vallejo, formerly of the Cardinals.

    Vallejo, a 26-year-old former undrafted free agent, spent time on Oakland’s practice squad last season. He’s probably only a practice body for camp.
    Source: Oakland Tribune

  • RaiderRockstar
  • RaiderRockstar

    trade Nick Miller & Marcel Reece for a pig-headed Quaker!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Anyone else see that Nmamdi took over for Peter King and wrote this week’s MMQB? Pretty sweet!!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/nnamdi_asomugha/06/14/mmqb.nnamdi/index.html?eref=sihp

  • DMAC

    Hey RRS?
    Did you know the Raiders were in action to aquire Henderson back on draft day?

    The Jaguars reportedly turned down a fifth-round pick in exchange for DL John Henderson in April.

    The Jags offered Henderson to the Raiders for a fourth-rounder, and Oakland countered with a fifth. Considering the outrageous going rate for fifth-round picks during draft time, Jags GM Gene Smith obviously overplayed his hand with Henderson.
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle
    Related: Jaguars

  • Just Fire Baby

    Players often get a bad rap during their first or second year if they struggle with this transition, especially if they are high draft picks. I think it’s important to look at a young player’s work ethic, his football intelligence, and his desire to become great.

    *******************************

    Using my captain-crunch read between the lines decoder, this says “This is why Jamarcus is a bum”.

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    The point is moot, who cares about the Jags and what the Raiders offered . Another pointless post by PFT

  • RaiderRockstar

    DMAC: yeah, I heard about that!

    the Raiders wanted Bruce Campbell & Jacoby Ford more than a proven run stuffing nose tackle, but it all worked out in the end :)

    hard to imagine anybody having success against this front seven running the football:

    ShoNasty-Seymour-Henderson-Houston

    with heavy doses of Kelly, Bryant, Richardson & Groves

    then Wimbley-McClain-Scott at LB

    with heavy doses of Howard, Brown & Goethel

    booyah! this is a Top 5 NFL Defense if Al Davis lets John Marshall do his thing :)

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Nnamdi is definitely talking about the Deuce and his poor endeavor to become a professional.

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

    LOL Lonetree. Could be paradise, could be the buffet. I quake not.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think that Raiders fans and the 49ers fans would not be happy campers if they had to share a stadium together. There has been some talk lately about the possibility of the Raiders and 49ers following the examples of the Giants and Jets and sharing a stadium. Aside from the reasons why this merger may make financial sense, let’s discuss the fans. When it comes to fan bases, these two are polar opposites. Even if they never see each other, the concept that someone else will be sitting in their seats during away games may not sit too well with them. This will be interesting.

    -Nmamdi

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 10:03 am
    Anyone else see that Nmamdi took over for Peter King and wrote this week’s MMQB? Pretty sweet!!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/nnamdi_asomugha/06/14/mmqb.nnamdi/index.html?eref=sihp

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    Can you post the copy? can’t view at work… :(

  • jhill

    JFB …

    You need to address you Russellitis.

    I would have thought you’d gotten rid of that by now.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The point is moot, who cares about the Jags and what the Raiders offered .

    ***

    Lynn: I was calling for the Raiders to draft a DT/NT and it never happened. I was p1ssed when we passed on Cam Thomas in the 5th. I guess the Raiders could have gotten 2x Pro Bowler John Henderson for a 5th instead! glad NT wasn’t scratched off our priority list afterall. Post draft Cable said we had a plan for a NT and said “you’ll like it. trust me” Guess what? he was right. I like it!

    “Kelly & Bryant can play NT” was a smokescreen because Henderson was still employed by the Jags back then. haha! Davis is teaching Cable all the tricks of the trade.

  • raidertay

    Jerry,

    I think you are absolutly right Big Al is turning up the pressue on DHB. Im not sure if that is a good thing. The guy has obviously already put the pressure on himself too perform this year.

  • jhill

    ShoNasty-Seymour-Henderson-Houston

    ——————————————————-

    So you have Kelly coming off the bench????

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Houston is going to change the Attitude on defense as will Henderson , getting back to punishing people instead of slapping the wrist of opponents.