Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    #1

  • Plunketthead

    112 was a nice post

    Best year ever!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Should be a good fight for what will start as the 3rd RB gig, but may end up playing a vital role when it is all said and done.

    RB’s get injured, and Darren is teetering on being ineffective taking handoffs.

    Whether it is Rock or Bennett, I wouldn’t be suprised if they end up getting close to the same carries Fargas got last year.

  • Plunketthead

    Too many fans expect first rounders, especially top ten pics to set the world on fire. It rarely happens especially with QB and WR on offense.

  • Plunketthead

    Dont think for a minute Al forget how to build a superbowl team.
    Sure the team went to hell after the SB and Al screwed up as well, but Lance & Jadopehead really screwed Al, the Oakland Raiders and all us diehard fans.

    But thats all behind us

    Dont doubt Al

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think our offense would be at it’s peak efficiency with Bush getting 14-20 carries a game, Bennent or Rock geting 5-10 carries, Darren getting a hanful of carries and 5-6 passes.

    All depending on who is more effective that week. None of these guys are Walter Payton, where you just say we are giving him 25 carries come hell or high water.

    If Bush starts off with 10 carries for 26 yards, you have to scrap it. If Darren is getting into the open-field that week (pinch me I might think I’m dreaming) than you start feeding him the rock.

    Hue is going to have to think on his feet a lot this year. I have confidence in his game management being better than Cable, Knapp, and Kiffin so it should be greatly improved from years past.

  • Plunketthead

    Firebaby
    Which one is the best blocker?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Good question.

    I haven’t been all that impressed with Bush or Darren blocking. Darren will just flatten a 250 LB one play, than completely wiff on the next one. If he gains consistancy, he could be a great blocker, IMO.

    No clue on Bennett or Rock, although Rock has played a lot of special teams and some FB, so my guess would be that he is OK in that regards, but it is just a guess.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So Sam Bradford got a ton of money.

    His accuracy is off the charts, but he rarely ever got hit in college, but when he did he got beat up.

    I don’t think he will last in this league.

  • Plunketthead

    Jabustford

  • Plunketthead

    I am not as concerened about the weak oline as some here.
    JC/Bruce can hit Bush/Dmac/Rock out of the backfield. That will keep the D from jamming the line of scrimmage.

    We will be a much improved team that can actually pass,run, tackle and even block some.

    Rock probaly catches better then Bennet as well. Michael may be here for insurance in case someone gets hurt

  • M Lonetree

    so Cowgirl rookie #88 heard tell that come Aug 12 he was going to be rocked, can we say “Tatumized” by Raider safteties MM34 and Tyvon Branch. knowing that he claims to have twisted his ankle so he won’t have to get lit up. what a wuss.

    the Ratface v. Fat Albert grudge match is a hoot isn’t it?

  • Scottish Raider

    Injuries notwithstanding, it looks like we are heading towards a 53 like this:

    1. J Campbell (QB)
    2. Gradkowski (QB)
    3. Frye (QB)
    4. D.McFadden (RB)
    5. Bush (RB)
    6. Cartwright (RB)
    7. Lawton (FB)
    8. Tonga (RB/FB)
    9. Z.Miller (TE)
    10. Myers (TE)
    11. Stewart (TE)
    12. Henderson (OT)
    13. Barnes (OT/OG)
    14. Veldheer (OT)
    15. B Campbell (OT/OG)
    16. Gallery (OG)
    17. Carlisle (OG)
    18. Loper (OG)
    19. Walker (OT/OG)
    20. Satele (C)
    21. Morris (C)
    22. Heywood-Bey (WR)
    23. Schillens (WR)
    24. Murphy (WR)
    25. Higgins (WR/PR)
    26. Ford (WR/KR)
    27. N.Miller (WR)
    28. Asomugha (CB)
    29. C.Johnson (CB)
    30. Routt (CB)
    31. W.McFadden (CB)
    32. Ware (CB)
    33. Branch (S)
    34. Mitchell (S)
    35. Eugene (S)
    36. Huff (S)
    37. McClain (LB)
    38. Goethel (LB)
    39. Howard (LB)
    40. Brown (LB)
    41. Wimbley (DE/LB)
    42. Groves (DE/LB)
    43. Scott (DE/LB)
    44. Richardson (DE)
    45. Shaughnessy (DE)
    46. Houston (DT/DE)
    47. Kelly (DT)
    48. Seymour (DE/DT)
    49. Bryant (DT)
    50. Henderson (DT)
    51. Condo (LS)
    52. Lechler (P)
    53. Janikowski (K)

    Practice Squad of Kellen Heard, Alex Daniels, Chane Moline, Alex Parsons, Stevie Brown and Paul Hubbard.

    This feels stronger and more settled that for the last few years. More depth, more experience. Should be okay for somewhere between 7:9 and 10:6.

    The big question marks are still at:

    Fullback – we have little experience behind Lawton and he isn’t a world beater (and is suspended). Don’t know why we haven’t brought a vet like Brad Hoover into camp.

    Center – Satele is still vulnerable against the bigger NTs and Morris isn’t starter quality. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Mawae isn’t on Cable’s speed-dial.

    Returner/5th/6th WR – Higgins has to prove his mental fortitude, Nick Miller is still a big unknown and Ford might take time to adjust. I think Cable would prefer to only take 5 WRs but that depends on either Higgins or Miller having an excellent camp. And Schilens foot holding up.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Schilens heads back to the field house . . . done already? It’s a single practice in late July, but how thin does WR corps look now . .
    7 minutes ago via PockeTwit
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    This guy is not reliable. He has not healed. Without good feet, an athlete is done…he’d have been better off with a broken arm or wrist…..

    DHB had better be ready to roll. Thank goodness that Louis Murphy showed promise.

    As for Schilens, he was only a 7th round pick so no real loss there.

    WR: DHB, Murphy, JLH

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Feel bad for Schilens because I am sure he knows he has the prospect of becoming an NFL starter in his grasp. The chance for a career in the NFL as opposed to pushing paper at some desk….he’s got to get healed up man….at some point someone in Raiderland is going to start asking the question of why they are holding up a roster spot for a guy that can only give 6 games a year

  • Plunketthead

    I think Reece will beat out Tonga

  • http://atm Raider O

    I hope Chaz is fine. There is another great Aztec WR by the name Vincent Brown. Get Him next year Al!!!

    Go Aztecs!!! My only wish is to beat BYU!!

    Go Bucks!!! My only wish is to destroy preppie Mich, and we have done that for the last SIX YEARS!!!!

    Go Raiders!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    WRs can’t stay healthy in non-contact drills? This doesn’t look good for the season.

    So it goes in Raiderland.

  • http://atm Raider O

    DE L Houston will start this season! Print that!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    First team session, it’s Todd Watkins, Jacoby Ford at wide receiver

    7 minutes ago

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    Notice….no JLH.

    Makes you realize how thin we are at WR. We got talent, but everyone is really, really young.

    I think Watkins and JLH are our senior WR’s, lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Not a good last few minutes for Campbell according to Jerry’s twitter.

  • http://atm Raider O

    DHB is Back on the field.
    I think Our secondary will be great this year!!!
    Nnamdi, Branch, Huff, CJ, and Mitchell!!

  • YoungAmerican

    As optimistic as I am about this season, the Raiders can’t truly contend with the best teams out there until they have consistency on the offensive line.

    Hopefully Campbell and Veldheer pan out. Even then, the Raiders still have a need for a legitimate center (especially in a 3-4 happy division). A left tackle capable of taking on pass rushers like Dumervil, Merriman, etc. would also help.

    I’d like to see this:

    LT – Jared Gaither (free agent after this season I think?)
    LG – Gallery (or Veldheer if Gallery can’t hold up)
    C – draft Mike Pouncey in the second round?
    RG – Bruce Campbell
    RT – Veldheer (or Barnes or Henderson or Walker)

    Even just marginal improvement on the offensive line could be the difference between the Raiders just being contenders in the AFC West, and the Raiders being contenders in the NFL.

  • Thec07

    JLH will not be returning kics, doesnt have the heart to be effective in the slot, will be gone next year

  • Thec07

    JFord/Nmiller will be your slot WR…

  • aig-raiders

    thec is right. I think Ford will take over. He’s not a head case like JLH.

    Man, whats up with our WR corp. This is without pads. Is Walter McFad the real deal?

  • Thec07

    Wrting is on the wall for JLH, that weddle hit set my man back. I like him hope he will pull through it but he is a FA after this season, will not be coming back…

  • Just Fire Baby

    I always liked the Walter Mcfadden pick.

    Hope he can take Routt’s nickle role. McFadden may not have the size-speed measurables, but he has great ball skills, good instincts.

    Something Routt has nothing of.

  • YoungAmerican

    Really concerned about WR depth. It’s not too late to go after Patrick Crayton, although the Cowboys might not be as willing now with Dez Bryant having a high ankle sprain.

    If Vincent Jackson hits free agency after this season, the Raiders need to go after him hard. He’s got the same skill set as Schilens – great size and speed, good hands – but isn’t nearly as injury prone.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I hope we are not dealing with Chaz injury the same way we did with FB OO.

  • Thec07

    Where is Murphy, to date he is our best WR, he cannot go down….

  • aig-raiders

    Routt was an Al DAvis reach and Davis is committed to him like Sam Williams. No football instincts whatsoever.

    I liked the tube on Walter. I think he can be something. He’s going up against first teamers and holding his own.

  • aig-raiders

    sounds like hes hurt Thec. But you know so far Ford sounds pretty good.

  • Thec07

    Aig, I hope FORD pans out, we are going to need everyone to step up and contribute…
    where is JLH???

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    #85 DHB!

  • Thec07

    DHB

    It was leaping catch over defender; was shaking off pain in shoulder afterward
    5 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • Thec07

    Campbell fade to DHB in right corner inside 5. Nice pushoff and catch vs. Ware. DHB goes down hard. So does ZMiller on next play

  • Thec07

    Higgins recently muffed punt and then just had pass go off his chest
    about 16 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • http://atm Raider O

    We should try to trade for Crayton, or Wait till the Boys release him, and then try to sign him. They Have Roy, Dez, and Miles Austin. They also have their PB TE, and another good young TE (M Bennett), so they will trade/ release Crayton. I think we should get him.

  • Thec07

    Boller deep to Ford. Nice
    about 17 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • Thec07

    Crayton is a slot WR. we have 3 slot guys in the fold…

  • Thec07

    Off/Def: nice over shoulder interception by Branch; Campbell not having great morning
    5 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • Thec07

    Don’t be surprised to see Raiders run some plays with two tackles on same side
    30 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • Thec07

    More red zone work, Gradkowski finds Ford on slant for TD
    2 minutes ago via PockeTwit

  • YoungAmerican

    # Thec07 Says:
    July 31st, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Crayton is a slot WR. we have 3 slot guys in the fold…

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    Well, the Raiders have ONE slot guy (JLH) who is gun shy with questionable hands. And one guy who COULD be a slot guy, but is an undersized rookie who still has a lot to prove. Having a proven vet in there would help quite a bit. And Crayton has played in place of injured starters before, which is a position I don’t doubt the Raiders will find themselves in at some point this season.

  • Thec07

    If there was contact, McClain would have blown up McFadden for 5-yard loss
    less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • Thec07

    Well, the Raiders have ONE slot guy (JLH) who is gun shy with questionable hands. And one guy who COULD be a slot guy, but is an undersized rookie who still has a lot to prove. Having a proven vet in there would help quite a bit. And Crayton has played in place of injured starters before, which is a position I don’t doubt the Raiders will find themselves in at some point this season.

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    Continue to develop the young guys, just as we did last year…. F cast offs…

  • Thec07

    JFORD/NMILLER i would trust those younstera like we trusted MURPHY last year…

  • Thec07

    but is an undersized rookie who still has a lot to prove.

    ++++++++++=

    By whos standards??? No such thing either you can ball or not…

    steve smith of carolina is how tall???

  • Thec07

    Mike Mitchell breaks up Campbell to ZMiller post. He’ll be interesting to watch Monday in pads