Raiders report to Napa today


It’s reporting day as Raiders players begin arriving at the Napa Valley Marriott this afternoon.

They spend Wednesday in meetings, with Tom Cable available to the media at noon. Practices are at 8:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. beginning Thursday.

The plan is to file Twitter updates from time to time as they arrive, as well as a more detailed report here in the late afternoon and/or evening.

Check my Twitter page for brief news and notes until then.

In the meantime, time to pack a lunch, put gas in the car and start driving . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • priesttj

    Ol’ Fat Boy is at it again…………he wasn’t allowed in camp due to “CONDITIONING” now I hope those who doubted me are finally convinced that we didn’t need this fat slob.

    Before the draft I deemed him undraftable and this is the reason why this kid will eat his way out of the league long before he ever has a chance to have any impact.

    Are you listening now SnB? and all the rest of you this kid is a walking cardiac arrest. He just can’t help himself. He lst 30 lbs to booost his draft status and now the Ravens have a 2nd rnd “Jabba the Bust”. He is a top 10 talent who ate hisself out of the 1st rnd and shouldn’t hav been drafted.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Godspeed Jack Tatum.. What a hitter that guy was. Here’s hoping Mike the Missile can channel a little Assasin this year.

  • PlunkforHOF

    ummm. Assassin

  • Just Fire Baby

    Dez is already acting like a child a week into his career.

    The greatest players to ever play sucked up their pride and did this hazing type of stuff. Dez already thinks he is above it, and don’t think the rest of his teammates didn’t notice.

  • RaiderRockstar

    don’t try and claim that the earthworm on the field during the kickoff of our first victory must have been his spirit…


    what if we see 2 pigeons on special teams?

  • 2 pigeons might make me think about it a little longer lol.

  • Just found out.Rest in peace Jack.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis = Executive of the year

    Tom Cable = COY

    DHB = comeback player of the year

    Pain Mclain = ROY

    Jason Campbell = Pro Bowler

  • aig

    Wow Tom Cable getting the love on this blog…weird.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tom Cable has been saddled with Jamarcus Russell for almost 90% of his coaching career.

    I wouldn’t wish that on my biggest enemy.

    In 2010, we can see the real Coach Cable.

  • Knorman2

    Ex-Ohio State Defender Jack Tatum Dies
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:15 PM
    Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:53 PM

    Print StoryE-mail StoryCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Ohio State defensive back Jack Tatum died of a heart attack on Tuesday, 10TV Sports reported.

    He was 61.

    His death was confirmed by legendary Ohio State tackle John Hicks, a former teammate of Tatum.

    SLIDESHOW: Jack Tatum Images | SPECIAL SECTION: Ohio State Football

    Tatum played under coach Woody Hayes at Ohio State, where he was recruited as a running back. He later switched to defense, where he played linebacker and defensive back.

    He was a first-team All-Big Ten player in 1968, 1969 and 1970 and was a unanimous All-American in 1969-70.

    In 1970, he was selected as the nation’s best defensive player and was among the top vote getters for the Heisman Trophy.

    Nicknamed “The Assassin,” Tatum played professionally for the Oakland Raiders.

    In his nine-year career, he was named to the Pro Bowl three times and was a member of the 1976 Super Bowl champion Raiders. He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

    Perhaps the play he was recognized the most was a 1978 hit that paralyzed New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingly.

    Tatum retired from the NFL in 1980 and suffered diabetes-related issues the rest of his life. He had all five toes on left foot amputated. He later had his right leg amputated.

    Ohio State coach Jim Tressel later instituted the “Jack Tatum Hit of the Week Award,” given to the Buckeye player who had the best defensive hit of the game.

    “We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes,” Tressel said in a statement that was issued Tuesday. “When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans.”

    Tatum served as a co-chair for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.

    He is survived by his wife and three children.

  • JB

    I was fortunate enough to have seen Tatum & all the other great defenders play. Our backfields in those days were pure intimidation. The things they did then would not be allowed today. Nonetheless, it was legal then and they did it best. Thank you Jack Tatum for all the great memories.

  • priesttj

    I’ve been watching ESPN all morning and not one single word about Jack Tatum?

    Jack Tatum was the most ferocious hitter I ever saw…………..period


    Too soon Jack!
    God bless Jack Tatum and his family.
    His other family will ALWAYS remember the great Jack Tatum.


    Wherever Jack Tatum is, you just know he’s hitting someone and hitting ’em Raider style-hard!!!

  • bcz24

    “Headin to Nappa so if I txt answer im bored lol”

    -Tweet from Lamar Houston 17 minutes ago

    That annoyed me a little… listen ROOKIE, there is no reason you should be bored at all! There is plenty of work to be done.



  • bcz24

    They did a segment on Inside the NFL a few years back about Tatum and Stingley and they said even by todays rules that was a clean hit. Sad sad situation for certain, even sadder that Tatum and Stingley never made peace, but not an illegal hit. Those guys back then played football with reckless abandon… they didnt care about contract years and endorsment deals… they onlu cared about decimating the opponent up! Real gridiron greats.

  • Bcz, I suspect Lamarr was talking about the RIDE up to Nappa (sic). He is probably on the bus.

  • aig

    one more day for camp. wow never thought this day would come. They really need a minor league Raider team in the offseason to entertain us.

  • M Lonetree

    for your viewing pleasure, Jack Tatum, NFL’s most feared hitter


  • Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    Bcz, I suspect Lamarr was talking about the RIDE up to Nappa (sic). He is probably on the bus.


    That is how I read it too.

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Waddup All! It’s almost that time again!

    Sad news about Tatum. Being an 80’s baby, I ain’t gonna act like I seen the man play, but I do remember seeing his highlights on NFL Films documentaries since I was a youngster. R.I.P. Assassin


    They “must go down and they must go down hard”!
    Tatum style!


  • aig

    weird but what happened to Mrs. MaddenRaider and Ricky Rick. I havent seen them on here for a while.

  • priesttj

    Not to knock your post Bcz24, but I would n’t describe Jacks style as reckless abandon at all. Jack was like a hitman an artist if you will. He was very calculating in how he hit you. He used his shoulder combined with his helmet. His form was impecable. When he approach you he would hit through you with awesome velocity. Sometimes launching himself at his target and he rarely missed. The Stingley incident was in a preseason game and Jack never thought Stingley would go up that high for that pass, he was trying to send a message but Stingley was trying to prove how fearless he was and stretched out causing himself to be upended and fell on his neck Jack was just being Jack. Stingley should’v covered up for th impact instead of reaching for an overthrown pass. And that is what caused the unfortunate injury. It was unnecessary but Jack couldn’t stop his progress and ended up hitting him lower than he wanted and couldn’t catch him.

    Stingley called it a dirty hit but if you look at the hit and take into consideration the rules of the day it was as clean as clorox. Stingley was just overexuberant and paid the ultimate price. Everyone wanted jack to apologize for something he didn’t do he wouldn’t do it and the media turned on him.

    Maybe he should’ve mt with Stingley and talked it over so that he could giv his side of the story but in those days Jack was just Jack “The Assassin”.

  • I was at the game when he hit Blackmon for the Pats and broke his neck, vicious hit! RIP Jack, thanks for the memories!!!!

  • bcz24

    He should at least know how to spell the place he is headed to… NAPA! LoL

  • bcz24

    I was at the game when he hit Blackmon for the Pats and broke his neck, vicious hit! RIP Jack, thanks for the memories!!!!
    Uhhh You mean when he hit Daryl Stingley?

  • bcz24

    Priest… when I say they hit with reckless abandon I mean that they weren’t divas in that era. They weren’t afraid to give everything they had on the field and they SURELY weren’t afraid to be carted off. I wasn’t trying to insinuate that Tatum was just throwing himself around. I was more saying they abandoned reason and self preservation! They hit people. They hit them hard and they hit them often… thats why we remember their names.

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  • itzSteve

    I hate to break up all the love of camp opening…but, what is the over/under for how many days it takes for Chaz to get hurt?

    It’s only a matter of time…

  • MiamiBornRaider86

    wow^^^ #82