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Post-practice news, notes

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News, notes, quotes and observations from locker room access and a post-practice press briefing from Raiders coach Tom Cable:

— Yamon Figurs survived a fumbled kickoff return against San Francisco and a misplayed punt against Seattle in the preseason finale and will return both punts and kickoffs in the opener against the Titans.

Cable, when asked why Figurs got the nod, said, “Probably just the explosiveness. He touches it, and you got a chance for something big every time. That’s a dimension, as we talked about at the end of last season, all through the spring, OTAs, through camp, was developing a return game. We have a number of good returners here. I just think right now, he’s the guy we’ll go with.’’

As for Figurs’ ball security issues, Cable said, “I just think the one, against Seattle, was more kind of misplaying the ball more than anything else. And I think some of that is first time, him being in our stadium and being able to handle it, didn’t get the opportunity the week before against San Francisco.

“He was returning kickoffs. So, not too concerned about it. We kind of put him in that situation here this week and feel good about it.”

Figurs averaged 23.5 yards on kick returns (six returns, 141 yards, long of 34) and 3.3 yards on punt returns (eight returns, one fair catch, 26 yards, long of 16 yards).

— Trevor Scott is not only back at defensive end, but as a starter on the right side.

Scott moved to weak side linebacker for the final six games of the 2009 season, played there all through organized team activities and training camp. He’s listed as a linebacker in the media guide.

Then within the last two weeks, Scott became an end with Quentin Groves starting at weak side linebacker.

Cable warned that in a rotation system, it didn’t necessarily mean Matt Shaughnessy was being demoted.

“It’s just getting the best 11 players on the field. That’s really what it comes down to,’’ Cable said. “And not that Matt Shaughnessy’s not, because he’s a dynamite player. This just gives us more quality depth to have on the field at all times.”

— Newly signed defensive tackle Jay Alford not only gives the Raiders additional depth at tackle, but will also play some end as well.

Both Alford and Richard Seymour are listed among the five defensive tackles on the roster, but both can play outside. Rookie left end Lamarr Houston can also play inside, meaning the Raiders have several different options and combinations.

(Tommy Kelly started his career as an end but hasn’t played there in the last two years).

Cable said it was possible Alford could play Sunday against the Titans.

`He certainly showed today he has some quickness, some pass rush ability,’’ Cable said. “It gives us some pass rush ability, it gives us another big body in there. A big guy that can be multiple and play both tackle and end.’’

Alford said the Giants cut him Saturday, the Raiders called Sunday, and he was in Alameda Monday.

“I guess they really couldn’t find a spot for me,’’ Alford said of the Giants. “They said I’m a pass-rushing d-tackle and they kind of wanted a run-stopping d-tackle.’’

Alford was happy to be reunited with defensive line coach Mike Waufle, because his style is “attack and cause havoc in the backfield. That’s my place, so I like it.’’

In Super Bowl XXLII, Alford’s sack of Tom Brady with 19 seconds to go helped put away a 17-14 win against the previously unbeaten Patriots.

“That was the first team I had been with,’’ Alford said. I still love the Giants. They still have a special place in my heart. At the same time, that’s how the game is played.’’

Alford said he’s 100 percent healthy after missing last season following a partially torn ACL and surgery.

An added Alford bonus _ he was the long-snapper for the Giants in 2007. The Raiders now have a Pro Bowl long-snapper and a Super Bowl champion long-snapper.

— The Raiders will apparently stick to the bare minimum in terms of injury disclosure this season.

With league disclosure mandated today, Oakland reported linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back), Walter McFadden (hamstring) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee) did not participate in practice.

It was the first time the club had confirmed the what parts of the body had been injured for Goethel and McFadden.

Running back Michael Bush (fractured thumb), defensive tackle and Desmond Bryant (elbow) were limited at practice

Cable would not speculate on the likelihood of who would play. The NFL says teams must specify a player as either probable, questionable, doubtful or out on Friday.

Asked if he could expand on Goethel’s injury, Cable said, “Actually, I can’t really expand on it.’’

— Cable did keep alive the hope Bush could play less than four weeks after thumb surgery.

“I think there’s a real chance,’’ Cable said about a question from the Tennessee media about Bush not playing. “I was kind of shocked to hear that today, someone said he was out. He did quite a bit today. We’ll see what he feels like tomorrow.’’

— Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell, in a thoroughly veteran performance, talked for 10 minutes without really saying much of anything.

Campbell did promise an elevated energy level due to the presence of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

“He’s always running around, jumping around and I’m like, ‘What are you taking before practice?,’ ‘’ Campbell said. “He always has energy. There’s never a dull moment on our practice field so he brings a lot of excitement to our offense and a lot of energy so that’s the same way we have to play.’’

— The departure of tackle Erik Pears was a minor surprise in that Pears had two distinct roles. He was the backup right tackle to Langston Walker and an extra tight end in short-yardage and goal line situations.

Pears struggled as a Raiders lineman, but had some good moments as an extra tight end _ most notably in a win in Denver last season.

With Pears out, Khalif Barnes becomes the primary backup on both sides. Barnes has also played some tight end in power formations, as has Daniel Loper, Cable said.

— How tight-lipped is rookie starting center Jared Veldheer?

He didn’t want to say how much he had actually played center in college or high school for fear of giving the Titans too much information.

— The NFL Network’s Top 100 series saw its first two Raiders make the list Tuesday night. The series began counting down from 100 to 91, with the second episode starting at 90 and going to 81.

In episode 2, Marcus Allen checked in at No. 85 and Ted Hendricks at No. 82.

Matt Millen on Marcus Allen: “Bo Jackson was phenomenally big and phenomenally fast, but Marcus Allen was head and shoulders a better football player.’’

— Now what?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that noted rumor-mongerer and teller of untruths, has picked the Raiders to beat the Titans in Week 1. Former Raider Eric Allen also picked Oakland.

Monte Poole, another whose Raider reviews have put him in the permanent organizational penalty box, said in a column in today’s Bay Area News Group papers Oakland could win 10 games.

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  • stoopidmike

    If condo is 1st one down field on kick coverage, we are in trouble. Thats from weak gunners…not by design

  • Oh Yeah Rockstar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Haha MR why u upset at being white? White kids mistreated you in high school? amber and Becky treated you bad nearing prom time?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell,

    why don’t you and ROG just ignore eachother?

    If he bothers you so much, why fuel the fire?

    don’t be like the kid on the playground who throws a water balloon and then hides behind the teacher when he comes to throw one back at you

  • Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Kell quit whining you punk! You stay whining man….shut the fk up old man and go find out why wifey creeps on you late nite with the youngers guys in 510
    —————————————–
    I don’t know how Jon Becker & Jerry McDonald allow you to get away with this.

    I’d be banned for sure. You’re lucky, Bree.

  • JONTRAIN

    Somebody just needs to go ahead and push Al down a flight of stairs.

    ***

    uncalled for

    ++++++++

    You’re right actually I have the utmost respect for what Al has done for the Raiders, and for the game of football itself.

    So let me rephrase: The Raiders will not be consistently good again until Al Davis is no longer involved in GM and/our coaching decisions.

  • KoolKell Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Jerry McDonald & Jon Becker

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Kell you have zero relations with your wife and even jerry knows it
    ———————————-
    Just tell us what the rules are, ok?
    —————————————-
    Notice my innocent comment was moderated. 😉

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: you’ve been banned multiple times by Mr Becker

    doubtful that you’ll have much influence with him

    clean up your act for a few months and try to gain some respect before pleading your case to the moderator

  • J Hill

    Kell,

    You going to Norco’s tailgate?

    I’m sure Brian will be there. The 3 of you could settle all this nonsense once and for all.

  • How about this one?
    —————————–
    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Kell you have zero relations with your wife and even jerry knows it

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Raiders will not be consistently good again until Al Davis is no longer involved in GM and/our coaching decisions

    ***

    thats fair, JT.

    What if we go 10-6 and win the division this year ???

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m sure Brian will be there. The 3 of you could settle all this nonsense once and for all.

    ***

    Jhill: according to ROG, Kell already backed down once

  • Violent Hands

    new guy…DE

  • Violent Hands

    condo/ williams

  • Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Kell why so mad? Didnt you just O.D. on WHITE WOMEN copenhagen?
    ———————————-
    Rockstar, I haven’t heard you lecture Brien yet for all his racist comments? Why? Because of this:

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:43 pm
    No MR i actually only worship one white guy…….AL DAVIS

  • morilla

    I am so f-in sick of hearing about Gilligans Island. The chump has one good year and now he is God. It’s an abomination on more that one level. He’s Veruca Salt in a green jersey. One good year, get over yourself joker.

  • JONTRAIN

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    The Raiders will not be consistently good again until Al Davis is no longer involved in GM and/our coaching decisions

    ***

    thats fair, JT.

    What if we go 10-6 and win the division this year ???

    ########

    Wow. That’s a big “If”.

    “If” that happens, then I will be a happy man. But notice my comment included the word “consistently”.
    Let’s just win this game this weekend. That’s all I can ask for now.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Rockstar, I haven’t heard you lecture Brien yet for all his racist comments? Why?

    ***

    Kell: I’m a white guy and I don’t find ROG’s comments regarding white people offensive

    Why do you ???

  • # KoolKell Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    How about this one?
    —————————–
    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Kell you have zero relations with your wife and even jerry knows it
    ———————————
    How about, its hilarious. LOLUMAD?

  • Violent Hands

    The Oakland Raiders worked out free-agent defensive end Bobby McCray on Wednesday, according to a league source.

    The New Orleans Saints cut McCray, who started all three of their playoff games last season, for a second time this offseason on Sept. 3.

    McCray played in all 32 regular-season games after joining the Saints as an unrestricted free agent in 2008, registering 7.5 sacks. The six-year veteran has 29.5 career sacks with eight forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for the Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Can we look at some O-Line?

  • RaiderRockstar

    please sign Bobby McCray & cut Desmond Bryant

    then sign Ugoh or Grove & cut Nick Miller

    Yamon Figurs & Sam Williams = scholarship program

  • J Hill Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Kell,

    You going to Norco’s tailgate?

    I’m sure Brian will be there. The 3 of you could settle all this nonsense once and for all.
    —————————————-
    I almost met Bree a couple of years ago, on the street.
    He couldn’t make it at my proposed time.

    But that would have really been stupid.

    I just want to know why I get banned for speaking up for myself.

    I’m a Al Davis critic, that’s why!!!!!

  • breakdown5150

    damn thats alot of comments. much better blog here.

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    Rockstar, I haven’t heard you lecture Brien yet for all his racist comments? Why?

    ***

    Kell: I’m a white guy and I don’t find ROG’s comments regarding white people offensive

    Why do you ???

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    And MR hanging with the homeboys has u as an honorary nagga right?
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    Of course not Rockstar. lol.

  • Nnamdi before practice…

    http://plixi.com/p/44150792

  • RaiderRockstar

    I almost met Bree a couple of years ago, on the street.
    He couldn’t make it at my proposed time.

    But that would have really been stupid.

    ***

    Agreed. this is an internet blog and you’re both Raider fans – drop it already

  • Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Mucus is a piece of schit. Hope he dies in a car crash….just him only everyone else can survive

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    Kell u snitch on bob again and got jerry too ban him again u weak ass punk

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    Lol 860….kell in denial….he approves of mucus because they both worship white women as ultimate prize in life

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:43 pm
    No MR i actually only worship one white guy…….AL DAVIS

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:47 pm
    And MR hanging with the homeboys has u as an honorary nagga right?

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    Kell quit whining you punk! You stay whining man….shut the fk up old man and go find out why wifey creeps on you late nite with the youngers guys in 510

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    Haha MR why u upset at being white? White kids mistreated you in high school? amber and Becky treated you bad nearing prom time?

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    Kell quit whining you punk! You stay whining man….shut the fk up old man and go find out why wifey creeps on you late nite with the youngers guys in 510

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:16 am
    Kell why so mad? Didnt you just O.D. on WHITE WOMEN copenhagen?…..you know where the most beautiful women in the world are at lol

  • bcz24

    NFC Long Snapper was Jon Dorenbos of the Eagles…

  • RaiderRockstar

    NFC Long Snapper was Jon Dorenbos of the Eagles…

    ***

    good work BCZ!

  • bcz24

    He also happens to do nothing else for his team but snap, and they dont punt HALF as much as we do… talk about wasted roster spot huh

  • J Hill

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    NFC Long Snapper was Jon Dorenbos of the Eagles…

    ***

    good work BCZ!

    ——————————————————

    I said QUICK!

    As in off the top of your head, lol.

    What’s his name can be our new long snapper. We need a DE or OL instead of Condo!

  • J Hill

    talk about wasted roster spot huh

    ——————————————————

    definitely!

  • Thec07

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 11:46 am
    yes, workout warriors=excellent combine or pro-day results
    ++++++=

    Thanks for the response Bro…Not coming at you just wanted clarification…You are a respected poster in my book…

  • gawd djammit, Jerry, get in gear..

  • J Hill

    On a side note …

    I think it is HILARIOUS every time I see guys like Marshall Faulk suited up, and then they pan the camera back and they have on sneakers.

  • bcz24

    Here is all 32 LONG SNAPPERS… can you actually tell me ANY of these players that play a signifigant role at any other position?

    Arizona Cardinals Mike Leach
    Atlanta Faclons Joe Zelenka
    Baltimore Ravens Morgan Cox
    Buffalo Bills Garrison Sanborn
    Carolina Panthers JJ Jansen
    Chicago Bears Patrick Mannelly
    Cincinnati Bengals Clark Harris
    Cleveland Browns Ryan Pontbriand
    Dallas Cowboys LP Ladouceur
    Denver Broncos Lonie Paxton
    Detroit Lions Don Muhlbach
    Green Bay Packers Brett Goode
    Houston Texans Jonathan Weeks
    Indianapolis Colts Justin Snow
    Jacksonville Jaguars Jeremy Cain
    Kansas City Chiefs Thomas Gafford
    Miami Dolphins John Denney
    Minnesota Vikings Cullen Loeffler
    New England Patriots Jake Ingram
    New Orleans Saints Jason Kyle
    New York Giants Zak DeOssie
    New York Jets Tanner Purdum
    Oakland Raiders Jon Condo
    Philadelphia Eagles Jon Dorenbos
    Pittsburgh Steelers Greg Warren
    San Diego Chargers David Binn
    San Francisco 49ers Brian Jennings
    Seattle Seahawks Clint Gresham
    St. Louis Rams Chris Massey
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Andrew Economos
    Tennessee Titans Ken Amato
    Washington Redskins Nick Sundberg

  • bcz24

    Go ahead… Ill wait.

  • J Hill

    I think the whole workout warrior thing gets a bit over blown. Before DHB, the “fastest guy in the combine” wouldn’t come to us until round 4 or 5.

    Turns out his one reach at 7 is going to turn out just fine by the way. DHBeast in da house!

  • J Hill

    Go ahead… Ill wait.

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    You’re killing me man.

    I couldn’t even tell you who Robert Mathis was, and you want me to give you some LS info?

  • # J Hill Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Turns out his one reach at 7 is going to turn out just fine by the way. DHBeast in da house!
    —————————-
    Al Davis should be on Mount Rushmore!

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Everyone’s talking about Trevor Scott and Matt Shaughnessy. What about Quentin Groves at WLB?

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/quentin-groves?id=240

    Seems like the idea all along was that he would be an OLB in the NFL. Jaguars played him at DE for two seasons. Maybe the Raiders coaching staff just wants to get this guy on the field more?

  • bcz24

    Then stop making such a big deal about Condo. I just proved that EVERY team in the NFL carriers a LS on the roster… EVERY TEAM. Your only other argument, that Condo makes too much, doesnt hold water either. There is no salary cap. How much or how little we pay a guy has no bearing on our season.

  • Oh, almost forgot, Condo needs a raise IMO!

  • J Hill

    BCZ24,

    I can only REALLY tell you about Raider players and the guys on my FFBL team.

  • RaiderRockstar

    What’s his name can be our new long snapper. We need a DE or OL instead of Condo!

    ***

    BSJ claims another one

    next we’ll be seeing Jhill posts such as “trade DMAC for a parking ticket”

    later admits he has no idea what he’s talking about

    ” couldn’t even tell you who Robert Mathis was, and you want me to give you some LS info?”

    Jhill, you’re the best man! LOL

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    McCray would be a good signing.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis should be on Mount Rushmore!

    ***

    too bad. Kell likes to travel

    thats one place he’d definately avoid …

  • PurpleDrank81

    Wow out of 8 people on ESPN only 2 took the Raiders to beat The Titans….

  • J Hill

    Then stop making such a big deal about Condo.

    ——————————————————-

    LOL!

    Uh… NO!

    Cut Condo, let’s what’s his name handle the LS duties.

  • No worries, I wanted to clarify, because the term “workout warrior” gets tossed around a lot on here. But its not always about 40 times, its the mythical “guys that look good getting off the bus” as well. Al just does not select players like McClain, who is known for being more cerebral, Al likes guys that are bigger, stronger and especially faster. Not that either drafting method is better than the other, it just continues to be a problem when Al forces scholarship roster spots and starting spots on this team. DHB may be a decent player in three years, but he didnt belong on the field as a starter last season.