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Notes and quotes from Wednesday’s practice

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Kyle Boller’s magical mystery tour through Raiders training camp just keeps getting better and better.

He arrived at training camp as the No. 4 quarterback, well behind backup candidates Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye, who combined for seven starts last season, and just hopeful of getting some positive plays on film.

Now, he is making steady progress toward earning a spot on Oakland’s 53-man roster through his impressive showing in practice and the Raiders first exhibition game, as well injuries to Gradkowski and Frye.

“He’s doing well,” Raiders coach Tom Cable said after Wednesday’s practice. “The game against Dallas speaks for itself, and he’ll get another opportunity this weekend to see if he can consistently do that.”

This weekend, as in Saturday night against the Chicago Bears in the second of four exhibition games.

Jason Campbell will start the game and give way to Boller at some point in the first half.

With Frye and Gradkowski not expected to play, Boller can count on extensive playing time once again. He made the most of it against the Cowboys.

“I’ve been in this business long enough to know that you’re a play away from being in there, so I’ve always taken the approach to prepare like a starter,” Boller said. “I watch the same amount of tape. You have to be ready when you’re opportunity comes.

“It seems as the years go on, more and more guys get hurt, unfortunately. That’s why you have to take advantage when opportunities present themselves.”

Boller also benefits from the year he spent with Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson when they were with the Baltimore Ravens.

“It does help because there is a confidence for Kyle, and he understands because he’s been coached by that guy,” Cable said. “He understands what he’s looking for, what he’s asking for. That helps him being able to step in and have some confidence right from the beginning.”

 

— Cable said fourth-string quarterback Colt Brennan “probably” will play against the Bears. Brennan didn’t get an opportunity to play against the Cowboys in Oakland’s first exhibition game.

 

— Cable heaped high praise upon strong-side (“Sam) linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. In the process, he disparaged the likes of Ricky Brown and Sam Williams.

“The thing I am most excited about is Dallas ran three power plays in there and, for the first time since I have been around here, our ‘Sam’ backer stood up the fullback all three times. That’s what he brings. He understands what you’re asking him to do; plays it the way you’re asking.”

The Raiders traded for Wimbley during the offseason and gave up almost nothing to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round draft pick five years ago.

 

— Frye on Wednesday underwent a surgical procedure to repair damage to his right (throwing) wrist. Cable said he won’t know how long Frye is out for until he rejoins the team in the next few days.

 

— Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday and won’t play against the Chicago Bears on Saturday night, Cable said.

On the bright side, McFadden is making great progress toward a return to the practice field for the first time since Aug. 7.

“He is much, much improved,” Cable said, “and he is pretty close to being ready to go but, again, I am probably going to lean toward being more protective now.”

 

— Wide receiver Chaz Schilens (foot), right offensive tackle Langston Walker (rest) and cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) also missed practice.

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey dressed for practice and participated in some drills, though not at full capacity. He didn’t run any routes and spent most of his time watching his teammates from a distance.

Cable dismissed the suggestion that Heyward-Bey is nursing a sore hamstring. However, Heyward-Bey was sporting a sizable wrap that extended from below his left knee and somewhere up around the thigh region.

It seemed rather apparent in practice Monday that Heyward-Bey tweaked his hamstring. Yet, Cable says Heyward-Bey’s lack of activity the past two days owes more to “fatigue.”

 

— Jackson was at his animated best during several drills Wednesday. At one point, he ordered backup offensive lineman Khalif Barnes off the field for a false-start penalty.

“Get me another left tackle,” Jackson said. “We ain’t doing that no more. We can’t be jumping offside. You do, you’re out of there.”

 

— Based upon absolutely nothing, other than 15 years covering the Raiders and having a feel for how managing general partner Al Davis operates: Look for the Raiders to sign veteran wide receiver Torry Holt now that he is gone from the New England Patriots.

The Raiders need a veteran presence, several of their receivers have been in and out of the lineup because of nagging injuries and a team never can have enough proven playmakers.

Remember, Davis has a long history of signing receivers with comparable resumes to that of Holt – James Lofton, Andre Rison, Jerry Rice and Javon Walker come to mind.

 

— Speaking of Davis, he was at practice Wednesday for the sixth time since camp opened July 29. Hue Jackson broke from practice for about a 10-minute one-on-one with Davis.

It was unclear who was doing most of the talking. Davis spoke from a golf cart, while Jackson took a knee on the grass between the two fields.

 

— Rookie safety Stevie Brown intercepted yet another pass in what has become an all too common occurrence at camp.

Brown caught the carom off the hands of fullback Alex Daniels’ hands and the hands of at least two other players. Brown also intercepted a pass on the final play of the Cowboys game.

 

— Rookie cornerback Jeremy Ware worked with the first-team in the nickel package as part of Cable’s plan to get a look at the younger players against seasoned players.

 

— Linebacker Sam Williams (concussion) said he expects to be back at practice within the next few days.

“I’m still a little cloudy, but I’m getting there,” Williams said in reference to his head. He added that he hasn’t passed the required tests necessary for his return.

 

— Backup tight end Brandon Myers was unable to finish practice because of a pass that hit off the end of one of his fingers. Cable said Myers was sent for an X-ray. No word on the findings just yet.

 

— Observations from one-on-one drills between offensive and defensive linemen: rookie Jared Veldheer held off defensive end Matt Shaughnessy on back-to-back snaps.

Defensive end Trevor Scott abused right offensive tackle Erik Pears on back-to-back plays, one to the outside, one on the inside.

Defensive tackle William Joseph got the better of rookie guard Bruce Campbell on one play, but he got neutralized the second go round.

Left guard Robert Gallery stonewalled defensive tackle Richard Seymour on back-to-back plays.

Or, as Cable is fond of saying, that’s just another example of “iron sharpens iron.”

 

— Tight end Zach Miller was a one-man wrecking crew during passing drills, as usual.

He caught passes for touchdowns three times in a short span, one for 30 yards from Campbell, two others from Boller.

Safety Jerome Boyd, safety Stevie Brown and linebacker David Nixon were victimized, in order.

You get the sense that the only things that can prevent Miller from improving upon last season’s impressive stats are injuries and a steady diet of double teams (bracket coverage).

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  • JB Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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    # 408RAIDER Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    bwhahahahahha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W2As7LQUgc
    **********************

    GREAT! THANKS for posting. Really cracked me up!

    A MUST VIEW….

    ———————–

    Texas Tech, not the Silver and Black.

  • JB

    RRS

    Sorry but you are just going to have to accept the fact that for whatever reasons, NMiller is making this (53) squad. Maybe it’s just karma. Who knows? It’s just going to happen. It’s one of those things. I’ve accepted it and am moving forward. You should too. Further arguing the fact is just beating a dead horse.
    Signed the NMiller fan club. LOL

  • JB

    # St. Jimmy Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    JB Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
    #

    # 408RAIDER Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    bwhahahahahha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W2As7LQUgc
    **********************

    GREAT! THANKS for posting. Really cracked me up!

    A MUST VIEW….

    ———————–

    Texas Tech, not the Silver and Black.
    ************************

    Too bad. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I liked the guys style. LOL

  • JB Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    RRS

    Sorry but you are just going to have to accept the fact that for whatever reasons, NMiller is making this (53) squad. Maybe it’s just karma. Who knows? It’s just going to happen. It’s one of those things. I’ve accepted it and am moving forward. You should too. Further arguing the fact is just beating a dead horse.
    Signed the NMiller fan club. LOL

    ———————-

    Why not, it seems to be the current NFL fad to have a fast, small and undersized white dude in the slot.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dell: 3 more months man!

    can’t wait 🙂

    going to STL this weekend with the wifey. Her brother is a Navy corpsman that just got stationed at Scott AFB near Belleville, IL. gotta help him move in and check out the new place (his first place on his own)

    3 1/2 hours each way. thats probably 19 potty stops for my girl and our little 26 weeker.

  • JB

    # St. Jimmy Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    JB Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    RRS

    Sorry but you are just going to have to accept the fact that for whatever reasons, NMiller is making this (53) squad. Maybe it’s just karma. Who knows? It’s just going to happen. It’s one of those things. I’ve accepted it and am moving forward. You should too. Further arguing the fact is just beating a dead horse.
    Signed the NMiller fan club. LOL

    ———————-

    Why not, it seems to be the current NFL fad to have a fast, small and undersized white dude in the slot.
    ************************

    I don’t think the white parameter contributes anything but small, fast and can catch all works for me. That fits his mold. He definitely has great hands and does have excellent concentration as was demonstrated by that Dallas catch.
    BTW, thanks for joining the NMiller fan club.

  • RaiderRockstar

    JB –

    Sorry but you are just going to have to accept the fact that for whatever reasons, Johnnie Lee Higgins is going to be our best receiver. Maybe it’s just karma. Who knows? It’s just going to happen. It’s one of those things. I’ve accepted it and am moving forward. You should too. Further arguing the fact is just beating a dead horse.
    Signed the JLH fan club

    😛

  • priesttj

    Little Nicky Miller the DB killer has great hands maybe the best on the team and superb body control. The kid has the goods………..period

  • JB

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    JB –

    Sorry but you are just going to have to accept the fact that for whatever reasons, Johnnie Lee Higgins is going to be our best receiver. Maybe it’s just karma. Who knows? It’s just going to happen. It’s one of those things. I’ve accepted it and am moving forward. You should too. Further arguing the fact is just beating a dead horse.
    Signed the JLH fan club

    😛
    ************************
    Never said JLH was or wasn’t the best receiver. Just said NMILLER was an excellent prospect and would make the team. Nothing more & nothing less. I hope JLH really does well – as I do for all OUR WR’s. No arguments here that I can see. Now moving forward.

    :p

  • # St. Jimmy Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    JB Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
    #

    # 408RAIDER Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    bwhahahahahha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W2As7LQUgc
    **********************

    GREAT! THANKS for posting. Really cracked me up!

    A MUST VIEW….

    ———————–

    Texas Tech, not the Silver and Black.
    ————–

    buzz kill

  • lefty12

    I hope N.Miller makes the team.Any time he has been given the opportunity he has made plays.That is really all you can ask for-does he perform when given the chance?In his case the answer has been yes.

  • Raider Dell

    RRS

    To funny the “potty stops” I can remember those days.

  • Lakota

    priesttj Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    Little Nicky Miller the DB killer has great hands maybe the best on the team and superb body control. The kid has the goods………..period
    ________________

    At least you didn’t say he reminded you of Fred Biletnikoff…as you said Cable reminds you of Madden and Matt S. reminds you of Howie Long….

  • RaiderRockstar

    same chance:

    Higgins, best receiver

    NMiller, beats Watkins & Figurs for a roster spot

  • SouthDakotaRaider

    anyone else think that moving Nnamdi around will create a huge disruption for opposing quarterbacks??

    i think it will lead to more INT’s

  • Lakota

    SouthDakotaRaider Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:07 pm
    anyone else think that moving Nnamdi around will create a huge disruption for opposing quarterbacks??

    i think it will lead to more INT’s
    ________________

    Should have been done long long ago, but the Al boot lickers say it is just TOOOOO HARD!!!!!!

    No problem for Nnamdi. He’s good enough, he’s smart enough, and gosh darn it, he is our best player!

  • RaiderRockstar

    anyone else think that moving Nnamdi around will create a huge disruption for opposing quarterbacks??

    ***

    I’ll believe it when I see it …

    I know CJ37 was covering Miles Austin & Branch was covering Jason Witten last preseason game

    N21 covering Roy Williams or Patrick Crayton is a joke if he truly is the best man-2-man cover corner in the game!

  • JB

    # SouthDakotaRaider Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    anyone else think that moving Nnamdi around will create a huge disruption for opposing quarterbacks??

    i think it will lead to more INT’s
    ************************

    I think our new devastating pass rush, hopefully with some blitzes, will result in more INT’s. It’s my opinion that the NYJ pass rush is why Revis is successful. He’s good but not Nhamdi good. Now that we will have a real defensive rush, the front 7, Nhamdi will be recognized as he BEST CB in the NFL, not just the highest paid #2 CB.

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade Nick Miller for some more Al Davis boot lickers!

  • RRRRRRAAAAAAIIIIIIDDDDDEEERRRRSSSSSS!!!!!!

  • Raider Dell

    trade Nick Miller for Lindsay Lohan’s liquor cabinet.

  • SouthDakotaRaider

    JB Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    # SouthDakotaRaider Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    anyone else think that moving Nnamdi around will create a huge disruption for opposing quarterbacks??

    i think it will lead to more INT’s
    ************************

    I think our new devastating pass rush, hopefully with some blitzes, will result in more INT’s. It’s my opinion that the NYJ pass rush is why Revis is successful. He’s good but not Nhamdi good. Now that we will have a real defensive rush, the front 7, Nhamdi will be recognized as he BEST CB in the NFL, not just the highest paid #2 CB.

    = = = = = == = = = = = = = = = = = =

    Revis is a joke, and i nearly choke from laughing every time someone says he is the best in the league.

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade Nick Miller for Lindsay Lohan’s liquor cabinet

    ***

    LOL!

    Dell made a funny 😛

  • CJ Legend 34

    Yeah, I think bringing a little heat in key situations will bring more ints. Maybe moving Nnamdi will as well, if he is able to lock down their best WR. But we have to bring the heat we give Rivers way to much time every time we play the dischargers he has all day to make his reads. When we blitz him hard it is another story but as soon as we lay back in like a prevent mold we get ate up.

  • Lakota

    Dell….I think you should compromise and drop it down to -1 pt for sacks.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Nick Miller shows signs of being a play maker but we need an experienced WR who can hall in that 3rd down catch to move the chains. Everyone says it is Chaz and I don’t disagree when healthy but these guys come up lame every other practice.

  • Raider Dell

    Lakota (Dakota)

    Why is that? I would like you to expand on your thoughts, please.

    How’s the family!!

    Did you know, next to the proposed location for the mosque is the infamous “DAKOTAS ROADHOUSE”. Im real serious, it’s the truth.

  • J Wiggle

    Wassup folks!

    Nick the Quick talk, huh ???

    Count me in as hoping he not only makes the roster but get significant playing time. I think I would play him over Murphy and DHB. Get Chaz, JLH, and Miller on the field together and I guarantee you someone is open and actually catches the ball.

  • J Wiggle

    Wassup Dell !!!

    Anyways, I’m outtie. Gotta fire up the school bus.

  • Raider Dell

    J Wiggle Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Wassup Dell !!!

    Anyways, I’m outtie. Gotta fire up the school bus.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Thanks for stopping by, drive safely.

  • JB

    I don’t think Chaz is going to be with us this year. I fully expect him to be put on IR. He needs to see if that foot problem can clear up. If not, his NFL career is over. Too bad if that’s he way it ends up.

    Small bones in the ankle/foot and/or hand/wrist take forever to heal. It’s all about the lack of blood supply to those areas.

  • priesttj

    Lakota

    It wont be Long before Shauaghnessy proves me right. As far as Cable if you don’t understand what I meant by that then it wont help to explain. But Cable actually has as much if not more experience than Madden did. Madden was very lucky as was Cable to get that job. Nothing either of them had done prior warranted getting a HC job. They were both on staff and caught Big Al’s eye that’s what I meant.

  • Lakota

    Dell,

    I agree with BP/FK…it seems a little extreme to punish the QBs stats simply because he has a poor o-line. Generally you are drafting the QB for his attributes, not for his o-line’s attributes, and yet I see your point about dialing back pass happy QBs, so there should be some punishment for taking a sack. If a QB gets 25 points for the game, but is sacked 3 times for -6 points, seems like too much of a punishment…-3 points and a score of 22 just seems more equitable. I believe in general, that QBs bear more responsibility for INTs than for sacks.

  • Lakota

    Dell,

    They better leave the Dakota Road House alone….unless they just want to come in for a drink and some fried food between their kneel down sessions.

  • well, I guess we drafted the right one of the two wr’s from florida!

  • Nnamdi21

    What gives? Tuned in here for some political debate and all anyones talking about is Raiders football?!

    🙂

  • Raider Dell

    Let me set this up, in the proper context.

    The Raiders weakness has been the inability to stop the run, yet we are based on last years ranking overall #18 versus the pass.

    The 2010 season we face 3 of the top five Qb’s based on last year’s stats. They are Manning, Rivers and Schaub. Rivers twice.

    The next ten of QB rankings is Rothleisberger, and Orton.

    The balance of the teams have either questionable QB play, or run first teams. Which is Tenn,SF, Dolphins,Jaguars. K.C. and Arizona are new system offenses or new QB.

    The Raider schedule is pretty balanced, I believe if they can stop the run, the chances seem to be left for most teams having to pass and this is our strength.

    I bring this up due to the comments of Nnamdi, moving around to take away the first option of each team’s offense as the WR.

  • Lakota

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    What gives? Tuned in here for some political debate and all anyones talking about is Raiders football?!
    _____________

    Debate? What is there to debate? America woke up and the Republicans will dominate the next two elections.

  • Raider Dell

    Lakota,

    I’ll wait for some other team managers to respond, before, I decide what to do.

  • mistic1

    Sign Torry holt today!!! Yes he is over the hill, but unlike T.O he is a good team guy. and he can teach our young guys how to get it done. DHB could especially benefit from working with a guy that may one day be in canton.

  • priesttj

    Lakota

    Also I think my Matt S assesment is looking much better than your DMC prediction don’t you think?

    What’s your prediction this year stats wise for DMC?

    I’ll go 10+ sacks for Matt S. are we on?

  • Lakota

    Dell,

    That all looks good, but we still have to score some point to force teams to pass against us…hopefully the offense can come together in the next three games and then you might be onto something.

  • Raider Dell

    mistic1 Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    Sign Torry holt today!!! Yes he is over the hill, but unlike T.O he is a good team guy. and he can teach our young guys how to get it done. DHB could especially benefit from working with a guy that may one day be in canton.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Mistic,

    Torry Holt was placed by the Pats on IR. Unless he is waived with a injury settlement, he is shelved for the year. I believe his knee injury, is more serious than some have said in this blog.

  • SouthDakotaRaider

    mistic1 Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    Sign Torry holt today!!! Yes he is over the hill, but unlike T.O he is a good team guy. and he can teach our young guys how to get it done. DHB could especially benefit from working with a guy that may one day be in canton.

    = = = = = = = = = =
    except for the fact that he is crippled he is a perfect reciever

  • Lakota

    priesttj,

    Of all the times you have made strange comparisons of current players to the old greats, the Matt S. comparison might be your closest one. I won’t bet against Matt S.

    But I believe that McFadden can put up the following stats sharing carries with Bush:

    820 yards rushing
    430 yards receiving
    7 rushing TDs
    3 receiving TDs

  • Raider Dell

    RRS

    Where are you, potty break?

  • Nnamdi21

    Ha ha ha! Lakota you and you’re compassionaless and willfully blind a hole buddies are in for another shock this election season.

    America did wake up. They woke up from the nite mare rip off your Repbus perpetrated on our economy, our privacy, our military, our freedoms, our food supply, our jobs ect ect ect.

    Get a clue.

    Repubs represent the richest of the rich. All the other controls they use on you like “He’s a commie” or “They want your guns” or “abortion issues” are all designed to divide and distract while they make the rich even richer.

    WAKE UP yourself D bag. The restof us are tired aof paying for your ignorance.

    Go Raiders and Ufck politics right now.

  • JB

    # mistic1 Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Sign Torry holt today!!! Yes he is over the hill, but unlike T.O he is a good team guy. and he can teach our young guys how to get it done. DHB could especially benefit from working with a guy that may one day be in canton.
    ***************************

    Wake-up Mistic. Holt is toast. He knee was blown out and he’s on his way to he operating room. Kikely, his career is done. S. Corkran should rewrite his piece to reflect what he should have already known. Talk about being out of touch when it’s your job.

  • Raider Dell

    But I believe that McFadden can put up the following stats sharing carries with Bush:

    820 yards rushing
    430 yards receiving
    7 rushing TDs
    3 receiving TDs

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Very nice Lakota.

  • Nnamdi21

    Yeah Corkran’s smokin pencil shavings again.

    Tory Holt?!

    Whats he gonna do assistant coach?

    Jayzuz just get Rice or Brown outa retirement if you’re going to go that route.

    Old an busted.