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Veldheer to start at center

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 5:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A few post-practice notes as relayed by beat writer Steve Corkran:

– Jared Veldheer worked with the first team at center and will start against the 49ers, essentially auditioning for the starting job with Samson Satele out with an ankle injury.

Good news for Veldheer _ with 49ers nose guard Aubrayo Franklin deciding not to immediately sign his franchise tender, the opposition will be the less imposing Ricky Jean-Francois.

– Coach Tom Cable said he’d have a better idea by next week of Chaz Schilens might be available for the season opener in Tennessee on Sept. 12.

– Cable said this year’s roster cut will be the most difficult since he arrived in 2007.

– Cornerback Chris Johnson, defensive end Alex Daniels, defensive end Jay Richardson, Schilens and Satele did not practice.

Players who returned included right tackle Langston Walker and defensive tackle Richard Seymour.

It’s conceivable Seymour, as well as Darren McFadden and Johnson, could all be held out of the 49ers game.

– Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski got some of his most extensive work in training camp, closing it out with a 40-yard post strike to Todd Watkins, who made a diving catch for a touchdown. Gradkowski ran the length of the field for a chest bump with Watkins after the play.

More to come later . . .

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  • HairyBush

    Fat Kidd: I would care more about Jackson if we had a chance in He11 to sign him. Unfortunetley he won’t be traded within division. I hope he holds out all year!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wonder how long they let Campbell go.

    Veldheer should play at least the first half, and maybe some into the second half.

    Grads is going to light it up with the 2′s.

  • raidertbone

    If Alex Smith ends up as a pancake, then he will be exactly what we thought he was — oh wait, that would be a cream puff!

  • HairyBush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:25 pm
    Wonder how long they let Campbell go.

    Veldheer should play at least the first half, and maybe some into the second half.

    Grads is going to light it up with the 2’s.
    ———————-
    It’s nice to know we have a dependable backup.

  • HairyBush

    Hope someone emerges as a decent kick/punt returner

  • HairyBush

    Sign Rocket Ismail!

  • HairyBush

    and Alexander Wright, James Jett, Tim brown and Ethan Horton! ahhhh 1992 baby!

  • Twocents

    I am a Veldheer fan. Put him anywhere on the offensive line and he will deliver.

    Satele is not NFL caliber.

  • Just Fire Baby

    You just can’t beat an open bar at the Embassy Suites from 5:30-7:30.

    Makes El Paso seem like a pretty happening place!

  • HairyBush

    His height worries me.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Veldheer has his shot ..hopes he’s ready! And boy it couldn’t be any harder than this but to face a 3-4 scheme.

    And his success or lack thereof will determine Morris’ fate.

    DMC will play or he would not have practiced this week. He needs to loosen up.

  • JB

    # Twocents Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I am a Veldheer fan. Put him anywhere on the offensive line and he will deliver.

    Satele is not NFL caliber.
    **************************

    Agreed but should read Satele & Morris are NOT NFL caliber.

  • HairyBush

    Darren McFadden-RB-Raiders Aug. 25 – 9:10 pm et

    Despite his return to practice Tuesday, Darren McFadden (hamstring) may not be cleared for Saturday’s preseason game against the 49ers.

    McFadden’s return to practice was a step forward after over two weeks of missed practices, but he needs to impress the coaching staff in live action if he’s to have any chance of unseating Michael Bush. We do like McFadden as a late-round pick (especially in PPR), but he’s unlikely to start in Week 1.
    Source: Oakland Tribune

  • TerrapinRaider

    Unless Veldheer is f’n up and they don’t want Campbell injured they’ll play into the 3rd Quarter

  • HairyBush

    Who’s on board for an 18 game season?

  • Just Fire Baby

    18 game season sounds just fine.

    All these “tradionalists” hated the baseball wild-card as well at first.

    After a few years, nobody will even notice.

  • ArmChair GM

    So far Veldheer has already proven that he was a very good draft pick.

    Yes there are questions about his height, but the one thing we know is that he won’t get consistently blown 3-5 yards off the line of scrimmage.

    I prefer him at Right Tackle personally, but if he can play center effectively we have taken a big step toward shoring up our offensive line.

    Like I and many others here have already said several times…

    We shore up the o-line, we win the division.

  • Just Fire Baby

    A lot of people mocked Coach Cable when he had Veldheer getting some snaps at C at the beginning of camp.

    Great thing he did!! We would be rolling with Morris and…….really nobody.

  • JB

    If DMac can’t play then maybe there should be some serious talk about renegotiating his contract. His tenure as a Raider is nothing to write home about The only difference between he & Schilens is the draft round selected & the $ size of the contract. Aside from those two items they appear to be two athletes who appear to have great potential but are both very injury-prone. This should be a make-break year for both of them. If they don’t perform cut your losses and move on. It’s just like with JaLoser – addition by subtraction. The day of the check is in the mail has gotten old. Pay up or hit the road. We don’t have time for boat anchors of any type.

  • HairyBush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    18 game season sounds just fine.

    All these “tradionalists” hated the baseball wild-card as well at first.

    After a few years, nobody will even notice.
    ————————
    Being a big football fan I’m all for it. I don’t care if they expand the roster, change IR rules, shorten the preseason etc; just get it done!

    -I guess it will be easier for a RB to be a “1000 yard back” that stat hasn’t meant jack since it was a 14 game season as far as I’m concerned,

  • Just Fire Baby

    Today a RB has to average 63 yards a game to be a 1,000 yard back, lol.

    1,250 seems a better threshold.

  • HairyBush

    JB Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:47 pm
    If DMac can’t play then maybe there should be some serious talk about renegotiating his contract. His tenure as a Raider is nothing to write home about The only difference between he & Schilens is the draft round selected & the $ size of the contract. Aside from those two items they appear to be two athletes who appear to have great potential but are both very injury-prone. This should be a make-break year for both of them. If they don’t perform cut your losses and move on. It’s just like with JaLoser – addition by subtraction. The day of the check is in the mail has gotten old. Pay up or hit the road. We don’t have time for boat anchors of any type.
    ——————-
    Amen!

  • Twocents

    JB,
    Agree, center is our “Achilles heel”.

    I can put up with Carlisle and Walker for now, but Satele needs to back to Hawaii and smoke weed and Morris should go back and get his Masters.

  • BigTed707

    DHB looked good again in practice today, according to Tafur, I’m geeked to see him hopefully get some playing time on SAT. Night.

    Also according to Tafur, Hue-Jack went up to the podium after practice and said….”psych” and walked off. The coaches are just messin’ with the press, funny as hell.

  • HairyBush

    If a RB averages 100 yard a game than that to me is noteworthy. 63 yards a game puhleeze.

  • HairyBush

    Also according to Tafur, Hue-Jack went up to the podium after practice and said….”psych” and walked off. The coaches are just messin’ with the press, funny as hell.
    ———————–
    in true raider fashion, to funny.

  • HairyBush

    How’s Fargas doing in Denver? Think he’ll make the roster?

  • LTR

    I enjoyed this piece. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/442436-oakland-raiders-stay-the-course
    Can hardly wait until we do some damage this year and RMR will finally have to STFU. Get tired of his endless drival about Al and the last 7 years. That goes for all the haters. The NATION is back!

  • HairyBush

    Worse comes to worse if we have a lot of injuries this season we can just pick players fron the Omaha nighthawks to fill in. Half of them are x Raiders anyways.

    To name a few-Anthony Dorsett Schweigert, Ronald Curry

  • JB

    # Twocents Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    JB,
    Agree, center is our “Achilles heel”.

    I can put up with Carlisle and Walker for now, but Satele needs to back to Hawaii and smoke weed and Morris should go back and get his Masters.
    *************************

    So goes the O-line, so goes this year’s results. We can’t ignore the RG problem. Walker has the bulk and would do an excellent job at guard. Move Walker inside and let’s let the workout warrior learn on the job. He can be helped out in pass blocking, if necessary, by the TE or the FB. He should be fine at run blocking. Actually, he should be outstanding.

    We just need to get our O-line to be where it needs to be. Waiting until next year is NOT the right answer. BCampbell is going to learn a lot more by doing rather than watching. Carlisle is fine for now as a backup but he’s too long of tooth to be a stater – especially when we have new blood sitting on the bench.

  • BigTed707

    JB Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:47 pm
    If DMac can’t play then maybe there should be some serious talk about renegotiating his contract. His tenure as a Raider is nothing to write home about The only difference between he & Schilens is the draft round selected & the $ size of the contract. Aside from those two items they appear to be two athletes who appear to have great potential but are both very injury-prone. This should be a make-break year for both of them. If they don’t perform cut your losses and move on. It’s just like with JaLoser – addition by subtraction. The day of the check is in the mail has gotten old. Pay up or hit the road. We don’t have time for boat anchors of any type.
    _________________
    What? He was at practice today. The article didn’t say he wouldn’t play, it said he probably wouldn’t start in front of M. Bush (which we already knew). Its all Fairy Tale Football BS.

  • HairyBush

    I am concerned with the O-line, but it is nice to see J. Campbell stepping up in the pocket and running when neccasary. (unlike Jameatloaf)

  • HairyBush

    Chaz+ McFadden= J walker

    Harsh critism I admit. My frustration is of equal par.

  • HairyBush

    critisism

  • JB

    Think about it, 6’7″-325#, 6’8″-315#, 6’8″-360#, that’s a lot of beef in the middle if we start Gallery, Veldheer & Walker at LG, C & RG respectively. I don’t see any pass rush getting by that group. Likewise, if they want to move the middle. the middle is going to move. Bush, Bennett, Cartwright will all benefit from that grouping. JCampbell will also have time to find his new receivers. We just need to remember, games are won in the pits. We need the biggest baddest big uglies and we should fare well.

  • HairyBush

    nite fellas

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  • ALSSOUL

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