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Raiders say `I told you so’ on DHB

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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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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 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!

  • 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 ???

  • 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

  • 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

  • ok??????

  • RaiderRockstar

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

    ***

    M: couldn’t find one

    can you?

  • 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.

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

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • # 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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
  • DMAC
  • 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”.

  • 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 🙂

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

  • 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

  • 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????

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

  • jhill

    the Raiders could have gotten 2x Pro Bowler

    ——————————————————-

    You’re gonna ride they shyt outta that 2x pro bowler tag, eh?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Here you go BSJ (page 1)

    It’s a serious business being a rookie in the NFL. Your teammates expect a lot from you. Your coaches expect even more. And hopefully you expect the most from yourself.

    When I was a rookie in 2003, I was not only making the transition from college to the NFL, but also being asked to make the move from safety to cornerback. It took time for me to get comfortable, and realistically, it wasn’t until my third season that I began to feel at home.

    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. Even if a player gets off to a slow start, it is those traits that will allow him to eventually become successful in his career.

    So for all you rookies out there, here are a few tips of advice to help give you a smoother transition into the league:

    • Set your alarm for a reasonable time. If you’re five minutes early, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re fired.

    • Be confident in your ability to play the game. I learned from my position coach, Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, that confidence is more than half of the battle. He told me before my very first game as a starter, “If you don’t believe you’re the best, you’ll never be the best.” No matter the situation, no matter the circumstance, when you believe in yourself and can fully understand that you made it to the NFL because you have an ability that is rare, you will conquer many of your fears before they even manifest.

    • Be smarter than you were the day before. This is where the mental part of the game comes into play. The tendency for young players is to rely solely on their athletic ability. Big … Huge … Enormous mistake. Understanding your role and the role of others around you will be extremely beneficial to your development as a player. Make it a point to learn something new with each day. The game will slow down for you, I promise. I didn’t immediately grasp this concept, but once I did, I felt like I was playing a completely different game. Like I had the cheat code that my opponents couldn’t figure out.

    • Don’t limit your exposure. I believe that success is like a roll of film. In order to develop, you need exposure. Try to be as versatile as possible. Let the coaches see you in different spots on the field. It may seem like a headache in the beginning, but not only will it give you a better shot at making the team, but also it will make you a much better player. Versatility increases value. Value gives you job security. Make Special Teams your best friend in the entire world. We have all gone through the gauntlet of Special Teams at one point in our careers and many of us have made a wonderful living off it. If you wait until the last week of training camp to ask your Special Teams coach where you can help, you may be on the next bus out.

    • Stay out of the training room as much as you can. Sometimes you can’t help it, and that’s fine. Basically, do all of your necessary stretching and stay hydrated because an injury can make things very tricky. If one comes, shift your focus to getting better as soon as you can. As they say, “You can’t make the club in the tub.”

    • Don’t count heads. By that I mean when teams are cutting players, don’t try to figure out if you are next on the chopping block. Heck, don’t even try to figure out where you will be on the depth chart. Try as hard as you can to keep from comparing yourself to others. You can only control your performance. If your teammate is doing well and you’re having a bad day, the common thing to do is start comparing. “Well, he did well today, that must mean they like him more now. People are going to think I shouldn’t be here. I wish I was doing better than he is doing.” Don’t let that be your thought. It will cloud your focus and your performance will suffer because you start to lose your confidence. Just go out there and be the best player you can possibly be and let the stuff you can’t control work itself out. It always does.

    Finally, I leave you with this piece of advice. Don’t be afraid of the moment, because it doesn’t last forever.

  • raidertay

    The biggest “I told you so” for Big Al should be Namndi. Nobody knew who he was when the Raiders drafted him in the first round. Now he looks like a steal at he bottom of the first rd. I remember ESPN didnt even have footage on him during the draft and ESPN usually has footage on everybody.

  • DMAC

    I like it….

    (Nnamdi)
    “The game will slow down for you, I promise. I didn’t immediately grasp this concept, but once I did, I felt like I was playing a completely different game. Like I had the cheat code that my opponents couldn’t figure out.”