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Murphy returns, but . . .

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 1:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Wide receiver Louis Murphy was back on the field with his injured clavicle but looked something less than 100 percent.

During drills, Murphy ran a route down the left sideline at about three-quarter speed and raised only one arm in an unsuccessful attempt to catch the ball. He then removed his helmet and watched from near the end zone, later helping cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha with his daily stretching routine.

Murphy leads Raiders wide receivers with 15 receptions for 238 yards and a touchdown, followed by Darrius Heyward-Bey (10 receptions, 140 yards).

The only other wide receivers with receptions are Yamon Figurs (2 receptions, 17 yards), who was waived after the opener, and Johnnie Lee Higgins (1 reception, 2 yards). Oakland hasn’t employed a lot of three-wide receiver sets, choosing to keep fullback Marcel Reece in the game and bringing in Khalif Barnes as an extra blocker rather than flooding the field with extra wide outs.

Higgins would be the receiver most likely to get extensive time should Murphy be unable to play.

Players who were suited up and went through some drills as practice began included defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Johnson (ankle).

Those who weren’t present included left guard Robert Gallery (hamstring), defensive tackle John Henderson (foot), cornerback Walter McFadden (Hamstring), Schilens (knee), linebacker Ricky Brown (hamstring) and linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back).

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  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    (No Raiders OL will ever be as bad as Art Shell’s crew in 2006. Interestingly, Al keeps alternating between OL specialists like Shell & Cable and offensive gameplanners like Norv Turner & Lane Kiffin… and the OL always stinks and the offensive gameplan is almost always a fizzle.)

    Kawakami

  • PurpleDrank81

    Man Murphy we need you

  • Just Fire Baby

    Oakland hasn’t employed a lot of three-wide receiver sets, choosing to keep fullback Marcel Reece in the game and bringing in Khalif Barnes as an extra blocker rather than flooding the field with extra wide outs.

    *********************************

    Kind of a chicken and the egg thing here, but if you are only sending out two WR’s (and one is DHB) how many guys does the other team need in coverage? 3? 4 at max.

    Your asking for 6-7 guys to be sent at the QB in those type of situations.

  • socalraider2408

    Damn straight we need Murphy! what the hell is up with Chaz? will we ever get an update Jerry? the guy is just taking up a roster spot. We all better pray Murphy is good to go on sunday or else need to prepare to put up 200+ yds on the ground

  • LA to TheBay

    socalraider2408 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    Damn straight we need Murphy! what the hell is up with Chaz? will we ever get an update Jerry? the guy is just taking up a roster spot. We all better pray Murphy is good to go on sunday or else need to prepare to put up 200+ yds on the ground
    ——————————————–

    McBush!!!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Chaz wont be ready until week 7

  • MistaBr0wn

    Chaz & N Miller, two roster spots for 2 years = 0 production.

    Commitment to Excellence!

  • MistaBr0wn

    Caz wont be ready in his lifetime. He will join A Shields in the recliner hall of fame.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    What was that? Nick Miller might actually get some playin time?

  • itzSteve

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Oakland hasn’t employed a lot of three-wide receiver sets, choosing to keep fullback Marcel Reece in the game and bringing in Khalif Barnes as an extra blocker rather than flooding the field with extra wide outs.

    *********************************

    Kind of a chicken and the egg thing here, but if you are only sending out two WR’s (and one is DHB) how many guys does the other team need in coverage? 3? 4 at max.

    Your asking for 6-7 guys to be sent at the QB in those type of situations.
    __________________

    well…if Cable didn’t have to keep the extra bodies in the backfield to cut down on the sacks, we could send more people down field.

  • MistaBr0wn

    KKKell, thanks for flooding the blog with your daily diarrhea.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    To be honest I think the offense looks a lot better now than any other time during the STREAK. Not many 3 and outs and we at least see the red-zone. In years past we wouldnt even discuss the impact of a receiver.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    ItzSteve Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Oakland hasn’t employed a lot of three-wide receiver sets, choosing to keep fullback Marcel Reece in the game and bringing in Khalif Barnes as an extra blocker rather than flooding the field with extra wide outs.

    *********************************

    Kind of a chicken and the egg thing here, but if you are only sending out two WR’s (and one is DHB) how many guys does the other team need in coverage? 3? 4 at max.

    Your asking for 6-7 guys to be sent at the QB in those type of situations.
    __________________

    well…if Cable didn’t have to keep the extra bodies in the backfield to cut down on the sacks, we could send more people down field.
    ———–

    Does anyone think Hue will run more two rb sets? I think its called pro-form.

  • mistic1

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Also im afraid grads has used up all of his get out of jail free passes when it comes to turn overs. You know the texans are running tip drills and telling defenders to be ready because the ball is coming their way.

    **********************************

    You don’t think teams do this every week?

    The guy has NEVER thrown more than one INT in a start for the Silver and Black. Enough with this “coulda-woulda-shoulda” mess. Campbell threw one in the STL game that hit a DB between the numbers, and it was dropped. You know why??

    DB’s CANT CATCH!!! They drop INT’s every game, every week.
    =============================================================

    Not again bra, if grads turns over the ball ( which he often has over the course of his career) we will lose to the texans. Why bring up Campbell, he will have no impact on this game from the bench. Yes coaches do make it a point of emphasis to the defense when a player is turn over prone like grads is. They put in extra work on stripping when they play fumblers, and extra work catching and catching tips when they play qb’s that throw a lot of ints. Common knowledge.

  • mistic1

    # 8RaiderReign8 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    To be honest I think the offense looks a lot better now than any other time during the STREAK. Not many 3 and outs and we at least see the red-zone. In years past we wouldnt even discuss the impact of a receiver.
    ============================================================

    I agree with this 100 percent, hue’s offense ( and we still havnt seen the real playbook because of our o-line), has been a huge improvement.

  • LA to TheBay

    The PPG v. PAPG are eerily similar over the last 8 years. The difference this year is the YPG, RYAPG, Red Zone appearances, which would take far too long to post.

    Through 3 games…..

    2010
    52 points for
    76 points against 1-2

    2009
    36 points for
    57 points against 1-2

    2008
    60 points for
    73 points against 1-2

    2007
    67 points for
    83 points against 1-2

    2006
    27 points for
    79 points against 0-3

    2005
    57 points for
    76 points against 0-3

    2004
    67 points for
    51 points against 2-1

    2003
    53 points for
    76 points against 1-2

  • 8RaiderReign8

    It seems like this team won’t be running on all cylinders until after the bye week.

  • LA to TheBay

    YPG, RYAPG, Red Zone appearances much, much better this year.

    Just a few things to be cleaned up. Really.

  • LA to TheBay

    As for the Supreme Commander, even he said last year playoffs are unlikely and this year he is ‘cautiously optimistic,’ but unless we clean up the red zone stuff and make sure our DTs are healthy (Fat Albert, anyone?), we’re running a serious risk of the whole playoff-appearance-first-year-of-every-decade streak.

  • aig-raiders

    Passing game will hurt without Murphy in there. Hopefully JLH will step up. I think I saw Jacoby Ford in the game last week but have yet to see Nick Miller in there. C’mon Hue.

  • LA to TheBay

    Would Shanarat unload Hayensworth on us? Would we want him? What would the asking price be?

    Big John is big for us. The whole bend-but-don’t break concept won’t work if we allow the big back-breaking runs.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    It seems like this team won’t be running on all cylinders until after the bye week.
    ==============================
    After the Fire Cable break in the schedule!

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Mistic1 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
    # 8RaiderReign8 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    To be honest I think the offense looks a lot better now than any other time during the STREAK. Not many 3 and outs and we at least see the red-zone. In years past we wouldnt even discuss the impact of a receiver.
    ============================================================

    I agree with this 100 percent, hue’s offense ( and we still havnt seen the real playbook because of our o-line), has been a huge improvement.
    ————-
    Mystic I think the point you make is valid. Until Gallery is back this o-line has little chance of building a comfort zone for Grads. The run blocking is “okay”, but pass blocking is much more technical. Also DMAC makes the line look way better.

  • RNOraiderFan

    La to the Bay, That post #16 ruined my day. I’ve been thinking that these Raiders seem like the old Raiders but now that I see the stats I know. Dammit!

  • 8RaiderReign8

    I know a lot of people want Cable fired, but I think that would be unwise. The team has improved markably since his tenure. Also the ratings for offense and defense are pretty good. But more importantly than anything else, players are buying into the system instead of arriving for a check. That is easily the biggest improvement the team has made during the STREAK.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Does anyone think the Raiders stay a top 5 D after this week?

  • RNOraiderFan

    I think the Texans will expose our pass D and then our rating will drop.

  • aig-raiders

    We are a top 15 but def not a top 5 right now.

  • bboyink

    Do you know what they call a DB that can catch….

    a WR

  • DKnight007

    Well…I’m betting plenty of $$$ on the Texans this weekend and I’m hoping I jinx it and the Raiders can pull off the win!

  • Kirk

    The Raiders should use empty backfield sets with DMAC split out wide.

    Grads gets the ball out in 3 seconds, so the rush doesn’t matter.

  • DKnight007

    John Marshall better blitz the crap out Schaub from the inside and outside.

    Keeping pressure on Schaub and causing disruption in the backfield is going to be VERY important this weekend in trying to win the game.

  • LTR
  • RNOraiderFan

    Raiders Total D #2 in the NFL tied with the Ravens
    Raiders pass D #2 in the NFL
    NFL.com

  • RNOraiderFan

    Why not try some bubble screens to JLH or Jacoby Ford with Miller and Murphy blocking for them?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    This so-called Head Coach actually has one responsibility this season since AD stripped him of his play calling. That would be the OLine. There he has been lacking due to his being a zone blocking schemer when AD prefers a power blocker 7 step drop Oline. He has failed to improve matador Mario at LT and does not really know who to play where. Can’t even get the referees to acknowledge his timeouts. If he goes into the break 2-7 or 3-6, he should be replaced. Even Seymour says this team has talent.

  • DutchRaider77

    You guys remember last year when the Packers were having protection issues with Aaron Rogers and they kept trying to keep more players into block and it was not having any effect? Then they started running 4-5 wideouts, spreading the field and that seemed to improve things. We could also spread McFadden, Miller and even Reese into the mix, since we may not have many WRs to do this.

    Raider News had an article that Chaz is supposed to be back by week 7.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Raiders #4 in rushing yards per game.
    I don’t get it? #2 in total D and # running the ball. This should be a better team then what their record is. I just don’t get it?

  • LTR

    I believe the Texans lead the league in sacks surrendered. Bodes well for the defense if can can contain the run game.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Dutch, sounds pretty good, and I think Reese was a WR a while back.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Total defence as of week 3…..
    1. Baltimore Ravens 244.3
    2. Green Bay Packers 260.7
    3. Oakland Raiders 260.7
    4. San Diego Chargers 272.7
    5. Minnesota Vikings 276.3
    NFL.COM

  • PurpleDrank81

    The reason our record isnt better is we havent been scoring in the redzone something like 4 for 14

  • RNOraiderFan

    Is this because of playcalling? Or not being about to run for the tough yards? Not using our tall WRs better?
    WTF is wrong with this team!?

  • 8RaiderReign8

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:56 pm
    Raiders #4 in rushing yards per game.
    I don’t get it? #2 in total D and # running the ball. This should be a better team then what their record is. I just don’t get it?
    ————-

    Our kicker missed a game winning field goal. It’s that simple.

  • RaiderfanNY

    It was obvious coming into the season that the Raiders were woefully thin at WR.

    There was no way Davis should have been counting on Schilens when he was still feeling the effects of a year-old injury. 24-year-old athletes recover quickly from injuries. When they don’t, something is seriously wrong.

    DHB will be mediocre at best this season, as he still can’t get any separation from defensive backs. Despite all the attention on his hands, his biggest problem is that he can’t get open. He doesn’t look fast on the field, even if he has a great 40 time.

    Murphy, then, has to have an 80-catch, 1100-yard, 10-TD season if the Raiders are to have a credible passing game.

    We have no one else. Without Murphy at 100%, we are in big trouble.

    It’s all because Davis insists that DHB is great and Schilens will be great.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    JLH’s TIME TO SHINE!!!!!!

    Right Rockstar?

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  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    How did Wimbley not record one tackle, one assist, or one sack last weak?
    He had 4 solo tackles, one assist, and a sack in each of the two previous games before Arizona.

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  • 8RaiderReign8

    Now that I think about it, do we have a LB that can match up with Owen Daniels?