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Raiders sign third-, fourth-round selections Veldheer, Campbell

 

Almost half of the more than 250 players selected in the 2010 NFL draft in April are under contract. Yet, until Friday none of the Raiders nine draftees had signed.

That changed when the Raiders signed offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell to long-term contracts. The Raiders still have plenty of work to do in this area, given training camp begins in less than three weeks.

Not to worry, though. The Raiders have a long history of getting all of their draft picks signed in time for the start of training camp. The notable exception, of course, was former quarterback JaMarcus Russell missing all of training camp in 2007, as well as the first week of the regular season, while his agent and the Raiders haggled over a contract.

Veldheer was the third player selected by the Raiders, Campbell the fourth. Linebacker Rolando McClain (first round) and defensive end Lamarr Houston (2nd) are the only players selected higher who are unsigned.

McClain has said more than once that he doesn’t expect much difficulty in reaching agreement on a contract with the Raiders and that he intends to be on the field in Napa for the first practice.

The other draftees who have yet to sign are wide receiver Jacoby Ford (fourth-rounder), cornerback Walter McFadden (5th), linebacker Travis Goethel (6th), and defensive backs Jeremy Ware (7th) and Stevie Brown (7th).

None of those mid- to low-rounders are expected to pose a problem getting under contract, and deals should be consummated long before camp starts.

The Raiders have high hopes for Veldheer and Campbell. Both played offensive tackle in college, Veldheer at Hillsdale (Mich.) College and Campbell at Maryland. Campbell has moved to guard for now so that he can get more reps and become more versatile, according to coach Tom Cable.

The Raiders are hopeful that Veldheer and Campbell mature into starters before long and serve as the anchors for the offensive line for years to come. It’s conceivable that one or both will be in the starting lineup at some point this season, if not for the regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

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  • Seymour Bush

    So we’re all in agreement then.

  • RNOraiderFan

    McClain seems to take a false step to the ball at every snap. He also tend to jog over to help his team mates make a tackle if it looks like the runner is going down. I did not see alot of speed or hustle from this guy.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Houston was not that disruptive. #57 on the line was an absolute beast and was doubled and tripled teamed through the game lamar was mostly one on one and did not do much.

  • RNOraiderFan

    It seems the hype surrounding these players was a little over rated.

  • RaiderRockstar

    NBA News:

    The Suns are on the verge of acquiring forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress, swiftly rebounding from the loss of Amar’e Stoudemire with two quality impact players

    Jordan Farmar said he has agreed to a three-year, $12-million deal with the New Jersey Nets, ending his ties with the Lakers. Farmar said he can opt out of his deal after the second season.

    The senior statesman role could change if the Nets can reach agreement with Udonis Haslem, a rickety 30 years old. One Nets executive priced Haslem at about $6 million, and the Nets have dangled a three-year, $20-million deal. Haslem prefers Miami, but he would have to play for a lot less. And Dallas reportedly has offered $32 million over five years.

    Free agent guard Tony Allen agreed to a three-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, according to multiple reports. Allen will received $10 million in guaranteed money, Yahoo! Sports reported. Allen has been plagued by injuries during his career, but has developed a reputation as a lockdown defender.

    A source told The Post on Dec. 15, when trades are permitted for free-agent signees and draft picks, the Knicks will try to put together a package for either free-agent-to-be Tony Parker or Paul.

    http://www.insidehoops.com/nba_rumors.shtml

  • RNOraiderFan

    Rockstar, we are talking Raider football here, you must be on the wrong blog. JK. LOL!

  • Just Fire Baby

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:26 am
    Anyone what the reair of the BSC championship on ESPN yesterday? I did and I got a good look at the Raiders first and second round picks. After watching the game I came away less then impressed.

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    I did see McClain jog a little bit out there, especially on that one reverse, that was a little concerning.

    I also saw him blow-up a screen, obliterate the RB, who than needed an extra second to get up and get the phone to stop ringing.

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    July 12th, 2010 at 9:32 am

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  • RNOraiderFan

    It seemed that the short pass into McClain’s zone was open all day.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Hey Rockstar what did you think of #57 for Alabama? That guy was a beast! I didn’t get his name tho.

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Oakland Raiders placed offensive tackle Elliot Vallejo on the “Reserve/Retired” list on Friday.

    Vallejo, who played his college ball at UCLA before transferring to UC-Davis, began his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007. The 6-7, 315-pound tackle spent the first two years of his career shuttling between the Cardinals’ active roster and practice squad.

    Vallejo fractured his kneecap during last year’s training camp, and the Cardinals waived him with an injury settlement in September. Vallejo was a street free agent until spending a week on the Raiders’ practice squad in December, and he was re-signed by the Raiders to a one-year deal on June 8.

    No reason was given for his abrupt retirement from the National Football League.

    Posted by Brian McIntyre

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    No !!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Man, a domestic violence shooting at a work spot here in ABQ has killed 6 people, including the shooter, and another half dozen are in the OR. Scary stuff.

    Should be national news here in a little.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:26 am
    Anyone what the reair of the BSC championship on ESPN yesterday? I did and I got a good look at the Raiders first and second round picks. After watching the game I came away less then impressed.

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    I did see McClain jog a little bit out there, especially on that one reverse, that was a little concerning.

    I also saw him blow-up a screen, obliterate the RB, who than needed an extra second to get up and get the phone to stop ringing.
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    And don’t forget that Houston is going up against Mike Johnson at guard for Alabama. Johnson at 6’6″ 305 went in the 3rd round and is projected to be an excellent pro prospect after making 44 straight starts for the Tide. Keep that in mind.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Packers CB Al Harris will release a Christian rap album with Kevin Soto, a childhood friend who served time for a variety of crimes.

    -PFT

  • RNOraiderFan

    And don’t forget that Houston is going up against Mike Johnson at guard for Alabama. Johnson at 6′6″ 305 went in the 3rd round and is projected to be an excellent pro prospect after making 44 straight starts for the Tide. Keep that in mind.
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    I did like Johnson in the draft and wanted the Raiders to pick him up. But your saying a 3rd rounder handled our 2nd rounder. I would of rather had the Raiders take Johnson in the 2nd.

  • Seymour Bush

    # RNOraiderFan Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    And don’t forget that Houston is going up against Mike Johnson at guard for Alabama. Johnson at 6′6″ 305 went in the 3rd round and is projected to be an excellent pro prospect after making 44 straight starts for the Tide. Keep that in mind.
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    I did like Johnson in the draft and wanted the Raiders to pick him up. But your saying a 3rd rounder handled our 2nd rounder. I would of rather had the Raiders take Johnson in the 2nd.
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    Believe me, I was a big Mike Johnson fan myself. Still am. But Houston should be a good player for us.

  • RaiderRockstar

    what did you think of #57 for Alabama? That guy was a beast!

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    RNO,

    DE Marcell Dareus led the Southeastern Conference in quarterback sacks in the 2009 season and is currently regarded as one of the top defensive end prospects in his class. Dareus was named Defensive MVP of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

    We have enough DE’s imo with Seymour, Shaughnessy, Houston and Richardson. Plus you know that Kelly, Bryant, Groves & Scott can play DE (if need be) on occasion …

  • RNOraiderFan

    We have enough DE’s imo with Seymour, Shaughnessy, Houston and Richardson. Plus you know that Kelly, Bryant, Groves & Scott can play DE (if need be) on occasion …
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    Are any of the guys we have as dominating as Marcell Dareus?
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    Believe me, I was a big Mike Johnson fan myself. Still am. But Houston should be a good player for us.
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    I hope so I’m going to be pulling for both of these guys to make an impact.

  • RaiderRockstar

    17 days until training camp …

    Here’s the best of Murphy from an NFL.com chat:

    “There’s a buzz going around the locker room,” Murphy said. “Everyone is upbeat and ready for the season. I think the buzz is a real buzz — it’s not false enthusiasm. Offseason workouts were great, a lot of guys showed up. I can’t explain this buzz. Everyone is energetic and excited because we all feel we’ll have a great season.”

    “Everybody is just going out to practice with the mentality of being a playoff team. It’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind that we’re going to be a playoff team this season.”

    Which rookies impressed Murphy the most?

    “The standout from the beginning has been McClain. He’s a beast in the middle. He’s still picking things up and learning the defense, but his presence alone is eye-opening. I also like LaMarr Houston, I really like is motor.”
    Murphy was also interviewed by Yahoo bloggers:

    Q: Talk about your relationship with receivers coach Sanjay Lal – word is, you guys really hit it off in a pre-draft ccouting combine conversation.

    A: Yeah, I talked to Sanjay at the combine for awhile. We had talked. I thought they had their receiver who they wanted, so I was just looking for another team. I thought I was going to the Patriots, and the Raiders traded up, traded to that pick. I saw the area code when they called, and I thought, ‘I think I’m going to Cali’, so it kind of all happened fast. The Patriots were really interested. Coach Belichick knows [Florida] Coach [Urban] Meyer, and asked a lot about me. I talked with them on the phone. So pretty much when the Patriots came up in the fourth round, I thought that’s where I might be going.”

    Me and Sanjay’s relationship is going along well. He’s a good receivers coach. He’s really detailed. He’s taken my game to the next level. He really focuses on the little things. He’s got the natural ability to speak and let it go, but he really focuses on my details. How good are my routes coming out in and out of my breaks. I thought I had it all, you know, just like every rookie. When it really broke down on film, coming in and out of breaks at the top of the route is pretty much the difference between a good receiver and a great receiver. Being able to run a route and beat a DB at the top of your route, so we’ve been focusing on that a lot. We’re focusing on burst after the catch, trying to score on every play. So he’s really on me about that, and I’m thankful to have him as a receivers coach. He’s really laid-back, but he’s a stickler for a lot of the little things, a lot of the fundamentals to the game where sometimes a player could take it out of their repertoire and just go off their natural ability.

    Q: What has working with [new offensive coordinator Hue] Jackson been like?

    A: Oh man, it’s been great. There’s an intensity to practice there that’s pretty great. Always on high adrenaline, always challenging the defense to make us better, and for us to make them better. It’s a totally different vibe with Hue than last year. He’s really a great coach. All the good things you’ve heard about him are pretty much true. He changes up a lot with the line and the running backs and using different guys at different positions, so I think he’s going to cause some more problems for defenses this year.”

    Finally, the wife got in the Raiders spirit and made some of Zack Crockett’s famous macaroni and cheese for dinner. The recipe was in Oakland magazine and I believe the former running back and current scout has a cookbook out. Good birthday gift for Raiders fans if you can find it.

    Posted By: Vittorio Tafur (SF Gate)

  • Seymour Bush

    Dareus was the one credited with knocking Colt McCoy out of the National Championship game.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Nice post RockStar!

  • RNOraiderFan

    Dareus was the one credited with knocking Colt McCoy out of the National Championship game.
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    Dareus was knocking a few texas players around in that game!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jesse Jackson criticized Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, saying Gilbert sees LeBron James as a “runaway slave” and that the owner’s comments after the free-agent forward decided to join the Miami Heat put the player in danger.

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    LOL….

  • RNOraiderFan

    I would love for the Raiders to have one D player that played the way Dareus played in the BCS championship. Heart, fire, motor, the guy has it all.

  • RNOraiderFan

    I’ve got to run. Later Nation!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chuck Carroll at FootballNewsNow.com talked to Raiders defensive end Jay Richardson, who is thinking big things.

    “I think we’re gonna have our first double-digit win season in … I couldn’t even tell you how many years,” he said. “It’s been a while. I’m hoping and pulling for 10 plus wins. I think we can do it. I think we’re going to be a playoff team this year.”

    A big reason for Richardson’s optimism is the departure of quarterback JaMarcus Russell and the arrival of Jason Campbell.

    “So far, what I’ve seen of Jason, he’s going to be a difference maker. He allows us to open up our offense a little bit and do some things that we probably couldn’t do with a younger quarterback like JaMarcus.”
    Richardson said he didn’t mean to knock Russell but you can read between the lines with his next comment.

    “With Jason, I think we’re going to be able to do everything the coordinators want to do and more. He’s also a good guy. Obviously a competent guy, a smart guy. He obviously cares about performance and hopefully it shows.”
    Richardson also touched on Russell’s arrest Monday for possession of codeine and his rumored taste for Purple Drank.

    “He hasn’t done anything like that in front of me so I can’t sit here and say yay or nay as far as what goes on in his personal life. All I can really say is that it is a cultural thing in the south. Especially in the hip hop community that is something you see a lot of.

    “And I think as an athlete you have to know when to distance yourself from that type of behavior. You have to be smart. That’s what it comes down to”

    The complete interview, where Richardson also touches on how Russell needs to get his swagger back in the UFL, is here:

    http://www.footballnewsnow.com/2010/raiders-de-jay-richardson-thinks-ufl-could-be-good-for-jamarcus-russell/

    Posted By: Vittorio Tafur (SF Gate)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bears, Rams, Buccaneers and Dolphins Interested in BYU’s Harvey Unga

    Former BYU running back Harvey Unga is one of the most talked about players entered in this week’s NFL Supplemental Draft.

    Unga worked out for 20 teams as part of his Pro Day and raised more than one eyebrow from scouts and coaches.

    Michael Lombardio of NFL.com speculates that Unga could go in the third-round and has drawn serious interest from the St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.

    The Chicago Bears are also “very interested” in obtaining Unga.

    The former Cougar met with team GM Jerry Angelo and director of player personnel Tim Ruskell recently in Chicago. It appearantly went very well.

    By Chuck Carroll
    Football News Now Staff Writer

  • RNOraiderFan

    Russell needs to take up celebrity boxing and hire Vick as his manager. Both are losers!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would love to have Unga, but a future 3rd rounder is a little steep, IMO.

    That guy was a beast in college. Crazy Polynesian, and a little bit of ‘tude on the field. Great receiver out of the backfield.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jay Richardson and his mom went on the TV show The Doctors, maybe 5-6 months ago.

    Seemed like a good dude, spoke very eloquently.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jay Richardson and his mom went on the TV show The Doctors, maybe 5-6 months ago.

    Seemed like a good dude, spoke very eloquently.

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    Fire Baby: Raider O would probably argue thats because he’s a former Buckeye …

  • RaiderRockstar

    Richardson acknowledged that the UFL might be in Russell’s future. It may even be a good thing.

    “I think a lot of that really depends on how much he really loves football,” he said when asked if this was the end of Russell’s career. “If he cares enough about it and loves it then he might step down to the UFL … kind of get his swagger back, get his confidence back and make one more run at it and hope that a team comes along and takes him seriously.

    “But honestly if he doesn’t start working toward that now and start taking it seriously now, then this might be the last you see from him when it comes to football in general.

    “I hope that’s not the end for him. I hope he gets his head on straight and gets rolling. It would be such a waste of talent to see a guy like that have so many issues. We all just hope the best for him.”

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    LOL. J-Rich thinks it’s UFL or bust for JaFranchise … same 2007 draft class

  • RaiderRockstar

    Go to yahoo fantasy football and do the following.

    League is: RAIDER NATION
    League Number is #129964
    Live draft: August 29, 2010 1:00PM PST

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    Dell, Sunday 3pm Podunk?

    nice!

    I’ll try my best bro …

  • The Return of Godliness

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Packers CB Al Harris will release a Christian rap album with Kevin Soto, a childhood friend who served time for a variety of crimes.

    -PFT
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    Idiot shyt…..nothing worse than these Christian rappers….trust me they be having hoes like a mufugga and still are wit da bizness

  • The Return of Godliness

    Raider Dell= Real Raider and one of the few people who I bow down to on this chat….he is my hero and I hope we can meet at a tailgate or two for this upcoming awesome 2010 campaign

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Jay Richardson and his mom went on the TV show The Doctors, maybe 5-6 months ago.

    Seemed like a good dude, spoke very eloquently.
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    Jay Richardson is cool. Seems to have his head on straight and should serve a great depth Dline rotational type of guy for us in 2010.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Rich Gannon was a league MVP. Why shouldn’t I take his word just as much as I take Bo’s?
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    Well Bo was a pro bowler and an all star MLB player within a calendar year. Gannon was okay here I wasnt his biggest fan and his MVP year was a joke but both of them cancel each other out since neither won a title………..NEXT!

  • fat kidd

    Thursday’s supplemental draft

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    al davis spend a 4th or 5th on RB Harvey Unga or DT Joshua Price-Brent?

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