By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 2:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.
News, notes and quotes Wednesday from the Raiders’ open locker room session and conference calls as they prepare to host the Seattle Seahawks:
— Darren McFadden wasn’t totally satisfied with his resurgence until he found the wide open spaces.
A renowned breakaway threat in college at Arkansas, McFadden broke free for a 50-yard run in his second regular-season game and was tackled from behind.
Until he stepped on the gas for a 57-yard burst against the Broncos, McFadden had to be content with assorted short gains and the occasional mid-range burst.
“I always tell myself, when I go into a football season, when I get that first big run, it will be a big weight off of my shoulders. It seems like it’s been three years since I have been able to get that weight off my shoulders.’’
McFadden was named the AFC offensive player of the week for his 16-carry, 165-yard performance against the Broncos. His four touchdowns tied a club record he holds along with Art Powell, Marcus Allen and Harvey Williams.
— Left tackle Mario Henderson said he wasn’t upset at being demoted in favor of rookie Jared Veldheer because it was his own fault.
“I can’t point no fingers at nobody,’’ Henderson said. “I have to blame myself. I don’t look at it as a negative. I look at it as a positive. Whatever my role is with the team, I’m going to do . . . every rep I get I have to take seriously. Anytime I’m called up on I need to do the job, whether I’m the starter or coming off the bench.’’
With Samson Satele back on the field Wednesday, Henderson’s role will probably be as a backup left tackle against Seattle.
— Reece, who made a leaping catch on the play during which wide receiver Louis Murphy went down with a reported bruised lung, had no idea he’d been the victim of friendly fire until Monday.
“I didn’t notice Louis had ran into me until I saw the film,’’ Reece said. “I didn’t know exactly what happened but once the ball was in the air you just zone out and go for the ball and come down with it.
Reece said Campbell told him that he was indeed the intended receiver.
-— Seattle wide receiver Mike Williams, one of the more notable draft busts of the last decade after being the No. 10 overall pick of the Detroit Lions in 2005, has remarkably become a standout receiver five years later.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did the same thing former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin did _ trusted in Williams’ talent based on their shared experience at USC and hoped he would get his conditioning and desire in order.
Williams wasn’t ready in 2007. He was cut by the Raiders after six games, still a good 25 pounds overweight. It didn’t work in Tennessee, either, where he admitted to weighing 270.
At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Williams leads the Seahawks with 32 receptions for 348 yards and is displaying the physicality he flashed occasionally with the Raiders.
“He was all-world at USC so the dude definitely has talent,’’ Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt said. “He looked pretty good (when he was in Oakland). He’s big, strong, physical, that’s his M.O. I saw it here, and you see it on film in Seattle right now.’’
Said punter Shane Lechler: “You definitely knew the potential he had in him from USC. Getting it out of him was the deal.’’
Carroll, speaking with Bay Area reporters by conference call, sounded at least a little skeptical about Williams’ ability to get back in shape but figured it was worth a shot considering his skill level.
“I’m surprised that he would make it back to the kind of shape that he was in but once he got there, I’m not surprised at all about what he’s able to do knowing his background,’’ Carroll said.
— Carroll knows a thing or two about blowout wins, having coached at USC, but admitted he was stunned at the Broncos-Raiders score, even moreso at 31-0 early in the second quarter than the 59-14 final result.
“It was just a crazy score,’’ Carroll said. “It was a fantastic explosion by the Raiders in all phases. They mounted a surge Denver couldn’t handle. They just blew it out. A great win for them. I’m sure they’re feeling awesome about their game and are ready for the next challenge, which is us.’’
— Former Cal star Marshawn Lynch, acquired by the Seahawks from Buffalo Oct. 5, conceded the idea of playing for Carroll took some getting used to. He’s seen Carroll’s fist-pumping, Mr. Enthusiasm act too many times while losing to the Trojans three times with the Bears.
“I just wish coach Tedford had sent me on a dummy swing route so I could run right into him a couple of times on the sideline. Now that I am on the same side with him, I see why USC was so successful with Pete Carroll,’’ Lynch told Bay Area reporters by conference call. “He takes a different approach to coaching than I have been around. Players respond and react to it in a positive way. He turned out to be all right after all.
—The Raiders are taking their big win in stride and with a refreshing lack of the “no one believed in us, no one respected us’’ reaction that’s happened after some wins in the past.
Punter Shane Lechler had some fun at my expense when he posted my prediction of the final score as printed in the Denver Post on his locker: “Denver 30, Oakland 17.’’
“I saw it Sunday morning and had to cut it out,’’ Lechler said. “I figured you’d think it was funny.’’
Reece excused a reporter who made reference to the struggles of the offensive line before the Denver game.
“ You know, I kind of give you guys in the media a pass because you guys aren’t here every day. I see these guys work; I see how they work. They’re just being themselves now,’’ Reece said.
– LB Alex Joseph was released from the practice squad and Damola Adeniji, a wide receiver from Oregon State who was with the Raiders briefly in training camp, was signed. Dennis Landolt, an undrafted offensive lineman from Penn State who was last in the New York Giants camp, worked out for the Raiders Wednesday.