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Raiders add Davis, cut Alford

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 3:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Concerned about their depth at linebacker, the Raiders signed Bruce Davis and released defensive lineman Jay Alford, beat writer Steve Corkran has confirmed.

The Raiders also waived cornerback Joey Thomas from injured reserve.

While it remains to be seen if Davis can be brought up to speed by Sunday when the Raiders face the Chargers, they came out of a 31-24 loss to Houston with two weak side linebackers, Quentin Groves and Thomas Howard, who weren’t able to finish the game. Groves had a hamstring pull, Howard a knee injury.

Ricky Brown, primarily a strong side and middle linebacker, was inactive because of a hamstring pull. Another linebacker, rookie Travis Goethel, has been out since the start of the season with a lower back injury.

If Davis is not an option against the Chargers and Groves and Howard are both out, the Raiders can either move Trevor Scott back to weak side linebacker, where he finished the 2009 season and played through training camp, or play alignments which utilize safety Mike Mitchell as a hybrid safety/linebacker. Mitchell subbed for Howard in the Raiders’ dime package Sunday.

Davis (6-foot-3, 252 pounds) was signed off the practice squad of the 49ers. He was a third-round draft pick, No. 88 overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. He played five games for the Steelers, was released at the end of the 2009 training camp, and spent October of 2009 through the remainder of the season on the practice squad of the New England Patriots.

Signed following the season and later waived, Davis was claimed by Denver but waived.

Davis is the son of former Raiders tackle Bruce Davis, who also attended UCLA and played with the Raiders from 1979-87.

Alford was signed by the Raiders Sept. 8.

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  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    # Jmackraider12 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Mistic1, lol probly only one other guy running a route on that quadruple coverage pic, it was a play action max protection that was called
    ——————
    Mistic1, You must first understand what you are looking at. He had two choices, throw it out of bounds or attempt to throw into tight coverage. Protection was breaking down around him. He chose the latter, same as a lot of other qb’s would do. It was not as bad a decision as you make it out to be.

  • mistic1

    The defense, contrary to what i have been reading did plenty of blitzing, schaub was under pressure, although he wasnt sacked. The run defense shaky safety play, and, terrible qb play have doomed us!

  • new englandraider

    Funny how only a year ago, people were posting ” well for the 1st time in a long time we don’t have to worry about the Safety position”

  • CJ Legend 34

    Agreed! Line does suck but Grads should have let that ball go or through it out of bounce 2 seconds before he was hit. He held on to the ball way to long.

    But don’t say that around the Grad lovers fan club.
    ————————————————
    J Hill Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:27 am
    Yes, when Satele missed a block for Darren, Cable should be fired.

    When Walker misses a block that leads to a fumble, Grads is costing us the game and leaving points on the field.

    ——————————————————-

    Ok, man … DAMN!!!!!

    I can’t believe you are crying about this. YOU even said he held the ball too long. You can say it but we can’t?

    We should have had at least a FG on that drive if he is not trying to go deep again. Keep going to Miller and Dmac!

    Or how about pulling it down and scrambling?

    Walker vs Mario Williams 1 on 1?!?!?!?

    Why on earth would Grads think he could hold the ball that long?

  • Jmackraider12

    i will take a B- qb over a c qb any day of the week…Grad takes chances, so what, you have to take chances to have success, campbell will take 1 chance a game and its a forced chance that kills momentum, grads better for our team as of now..

  • J Hill

    new englandraider Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hill

    What do you suggest we do at Safety. I really wanna see MM34 play more.

    —————————————————–

    Me too!

    That guy is playing really well when he’s on the field. Funny because I guess I believed the hype about the coaches not wanting him.

    I’d like to see Branch get a shot a FS to see if the lack of run support responsibilities improves his pass coverage. When he’s not biting on the PA fake, he’s been decent.

    Huff can take a seat as far as I’m concerned. Trade him if we can.

  • DMAC

    Branch – always out of position

    Huff – can’t tackle

  • RaiderRockstar

    While defensive tackle Richard Seymour suggested making some lineup changes after Sunday’s 31-24 loss, Raiders coach Tom Cable only questioned his team’s “desire.” The defensive personnel who gave up 249 rushing yards to Houston, at an astounding 6.9 yards-per-carry rate, aren’t facing any benchings.

    “I think it’s the same group that I know can defend the run and has shown it can defend the run,” Cable said Monday. “So will we adjust some things, perhaps because of injury and all that? Yeah, but in terms of, do we have the right people and all that, yeah, we have the right people.”

    -SF Gate

  • EMRaiders

    What I want to know is what are we going to do about RBs? If both McF and Bennett are out with hammys than we only got Bush and Rock, well I guess Reece too, but is that really enough? Bush better be ready for a full load…

    I’m not sure there’s any WRs our there in FA. Could we trade for one? But who? I don’t really see us doing it though, all decision making people seem to be happy with our 60%-70% catch rate WRs.

    If any trades will be pulled, I would say let’s get Oline. I mean, if they don’t realize what big issue this is, I don’t know they should be coaching football. (this is not a knock on Cable, at least not yet, it’s just a general statement)

    One thing about coaching, you can only teach someone so much, there is a point where all the teaching has to translate into action. That’s where the player comes in. Execution is big part of it. I would say close to 50-50, maybe 60-40 coaching.

  • LA to TheBay

    Why on earth would Grads think he could hold the ball that long?
    ———————

    Bad play, clock wasn’t ticking right. He left at least 3 on the field right before halftime. Big play.

    Grads is definitely flustered out there because of the line. On occasion, he has more time than he thinks and he takes off running. Other times, he has zero time and he’s holding on to it.

    I think we saw Grad get into a great rhythm after his INT (notice I said ‘his’). The ball was getting out quick and when there was no time thanks to O line, he threw it in the dirt.

    The gameplan should be similar. Get Bush in screens and dump offs after clearing out the D with our outside speed, but the threat of the deep ball has to be there.

    We made a mistake in not keeping the Texans honest early.

    We HAVE to get a WR, any WR, the ball downfield. If the coverage is too tight or the routes aren’t strong enough, those plays have to be manufactored (sp?) closer to the LOS and let a great athlete make a play in space.

  • Jmackraider12

    And i have noticed that in every game grad has played he has become progressively more mature with our offense, his turnover rate should go down game by game, in the end hes a slinger, but he will realize his weapons underneath are just has important as his weapons are vertically, and that has shown game by game..

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Texans ran for 249 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry, numbers that surprised even Kubiak when he saw the stats at the post-game news conference.

    “When you average seven yards a carry … holy smokes, I didn’t know that …” Kubiak said.

    -SF Gate

  • new englandraider

    100% agree with both 656 and 657

  • J Hill

    I don’t think anyone is saying put Camplunkett in the game. I think we realize that our defense is so bad that we need our offense to score more.

    Gardowski is clearly the best option at QB, but to act like he is above criticism is ridiculous!

    He needs to stop trying to make DHB and Murphy into stars. Stop doing stupid stuff like not sliding and getting your head knocked the F off. What good is it if he gets hurt and Campbell has to come in?

    And stop underthrowing DHB when he behind the defense. You are only going to get so many PI calls!

    PS – This does not mean I want to see Campbell!

  • new englandraider

    I have no doubt that Huff will eventually find the bench on running downs, but Hi eugene will probably be the guy playing.

  • severeraiderz

    raiderzmaverick Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:26 am
    Half of Grad’s interceptions are from balls bounding off the Receiver’s chest/hands and going then being intercepted.
    The only thing you can do about that is throw to RBs and Zach Miller all day. Well, actually….when he did that look…he completed like 90% of his passes to those two and like 10% to the WRs. We need better WRs. Even with our CRAP O-Line we still are dangerous. If we had someone who could get open and catch…..
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Isnt that what JC was doing and he was plastered for it. If we are going to have him in the game it is because of his chemistry with these wideouts. He was given the job partly because he was getting DHB and Murphy involved and he needs to continue to do so. He has had a lot of balls defelcted and picked but he has also had a lot of passes bounce off of defenders hands that shouldve been picked.

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    J Hill Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I don’t think anyone is saying put Camplunkett in the game. I think we realize that our defense is so bad that we need our offense to score more.

    Gardowski is clearly the best option at QB, but to act like he is above criticism is ridiculous!
    ————-
    It sure sounds like there are a couple that would put Camplunkett in ASAP.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    no O-line. no D-line. no safeties. no QBs. no LBs. no WRs. no hammies. 80′s defensive scheme.

    5-11 gentlemen.

    Out 4 lunch!

  • new englandraider

    no hammies. LMFAO

  • jmcclain

    590. Good point. Says something about the raider oganization doesn’t it though. The dolphins fire there special teams coach after that pathetic game Monday night. New England gets rid of moss cause he’s all about him and a cancer to any team he plays for. Meanwhile the raiders d is awfull. The oline is crap. Seabass I’m ok with I mean he made a field goal on Sunday. But anyway raiders do nothing about it. They just move people around out of there position hoping that will work. Why doesn’t Oakland start firing some people and holding them accountable for crappy play. I guess al just accepts it.

  • severeraiderz

    J Hill Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:37 am
    I don’t think anyone is saying put Camplunkett in the game. I think we realize that our defense is so bad that we need our offense to score more.

    Gardowski is clearly the best option at QB, but to act like he is above criticism is ridiculous!

    He needs to stop trying to make DHB and Murphy into stars. Stop doing stupid stuff like not sliding and getting your head knocked the F off. What good is it if he gets hurt and Campbell has to come in?

    And stop underthrowing DHB when he behind the defense. You are only going to get so many PI calls!

    PS – This does not mean I want to see Campbell!
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Thank You!!!!!

  • new englandraider

    Hill

    Any reason why you call Grads “Gardowski” ????????

    Fill me in bro. What does that mean????

  • new englandraider

    659

    Julius Jones?????

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post Huff haters!

  • Jmackraider12

    And I’m not saying that hes beyond criticism j-hill, he threw a pick and he rebounds, he throws another and he rebounds, hes not a pu$$y to be plain and simple, and that’s what we have had for the last 7yrs, pu$$y a$$ quarterbacks. Yeah i was pissed off after the 2nd time he didn’t slide that caused an injury, Campbell looked scared to go in, i would be too behind our o-line. From a business perspective its probably smart to keep your investment(campbell) on the bench and protect him from failure.

  • severeraiderz

    Jmackraider12 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    And i have noticed that in every game grad has played he has become progressively more mature with our offense, his turnover rate should go down game by game, in the end hes a slinger, but he will realize his weapons underneath are just has important as his weapons are vertically, and that has shown game by game..
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    I have noticed the opposite. He played great against the Rams, pretty good in Ariz, and pretty poorly last week (against the worst pass D in the league). In that rams game he got DHb and Murphy involved and they performed, same in Ariz (though he did force a lot of passes), but last week the WR’s were no involved at all and he made even more bad throws. I think the constant hits are having an affect on him and teams are just game planning to take away what he likes to do.

  • Jmackraider12

    im a huff hater right now, but i will soon be a eugene hater after he fu*ks up..

  • mistic1

    As badly as defense played, we were still in position to win or at least tie. this game again was about the plays that we didnt make.

    I notice that when the pressure is coming off the edge grads doesnt step up into the pocket 9 probably becuase he wont have throwing lanes due to his height. Instead he tries to break the pocket, this led to sacks , errant throws, and a grounding call. On the grounding call if he only was bale to step into the pocket he coukld have seen dhb once again streaking down the sideline wide open!

    DHB and Murphy have to catch the last two passess. The one to dhb was behind him would have been a difficult catch, but one that nfl player has to make. he is still struggling with the physical part of the game, being able to adjust his body or get position with the ball in flight.

    Murphy’s drop was ridiculous, he took his eye of the ball looking to see who was going to hit him.

    This game didnt hvae to come down to the final play and another failed comeback attempt. better fundamental play and we win this game. O -line needs to block, recievers need to catch, defenders need to tackle, qb must protect the ball make sound decisions and hit guys when they are open.

    Grads is 5-13 as a starter in the nfl.

  • Jmackraider12

    # severeraiderz Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Jmackraider12 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    And i have noticed that in every game grad has played he has become progressively more mature with our offense, his turnover rate should go down game by game, in the end hes a slinger, but he will realize his weapons underneath are just has important as his weapons are vertically, and that has shown game by game..
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    I have noticed the opposite. He played great against the Rams, pretty good in Ariz, and pretty poorly last week (against the worst pass D in the league). In that rams game he got DHb and Murphy involved and they performed, same in Ariz (though he did force a lot of passes), but last week the WR’s were no involved at all and he made even more bad throws. I think the constant hits are having an affect on him and teams are just game planning to take away what he likes to do.———————————————-

    How is he not reacting well to hits when last week he hit more checkdowns than he has in all his games???He was smart and realized that we had NO TIME to hit our recievers, NO TIME, thats why miller had 11 catches and bush and mcfadden combined for around ten, and reece had sum too. your logic doesnt make sense.. The more he plays and realizes our line wont give him the deep ball he checks down, makes sense to me..

  • Jmackraider12

    But..im not going to lie, i am a lil curious to see how campbell can do, even if he does mess up, he did show signs in pre season… If he could get better in the system and get rid of the ball earlier he has the tools to be bettere then grads, grads at this point has the system down a lil better..

  • severeraiderz

    Jmackraider12 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:51 am
    # severeraiderz Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Jmackraider12 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    And i have noticed that in every game grad has played he has become progressively more mature with our offense, his turnover rate should go down game by game, in the end hes a slinger, but he will realize his weapons underneath are just has important as his weapons are vertically, and that has shown game by game..
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    I have noticed the opposite. He played great against the Rams, pretty good in Ariz, and pretty poorly last week (against the worst pass D in the league). In that rams game he got DHb and Murphy involved and they performed, same in Ariz (though he did force a lot of passes), but last week the WR’s were no involved at all and he made even more bad throws. I think the constant hits are having an affect on him and teams are just game planning to take away what he likes to do.———————————————-

    How is he not reacting well to hits when last week he hit more checkdowns than he has in all his games???He was smart and realized that we had NO TIME to hit our recievers, NO TIME, thats why miller had 11 catches and bush and mcfadden combined for around ten, and reece had sum too. your logic doesnt make sense.. The more he plays and realizes our line wont give him the deep ball he checks down, makes sense to me..
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    But it didnt make sense when JC did the same????

  • J Hill

    You fellas care to join us on the new thread?

  • Jmackraider12

    And i do have the fear in the back of my mind that teams will game plan for him and send those rushers up the middle to block his vision, his height is definitely his weakness, which sucks..they will realize he loves throwing in the seams to SLOT and TE guys, but we don’t know for sure what he is capable of, lets see how the next few games go..He definitely needs lanes to throw in, like garcia did..

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