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Myers, Huff ready to adjust

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 1:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Backup tight end Brandon Myers and starting free safety Michael Huff were ready to adjust their roles Friday with the likelihood that Zach Miller (arch) and Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) will be watching the AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from the sidelines.

Myers, with seven career receptions for 40 yards, will replace the Raiders leading receiver over the past three seasons at tight end.

“It’s totally different. I’m going to have an opportunity to play some meaningful minutes,’’ Myers said. “Whatever way the coaches are going to use me. I’m just excited for the opportunity. It’s going to be sold out, playing against the division, so, excited.”

Huff will play free safety, but in some packages, will play cornerback along with starters Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson and rookie nickel back Jeremy Ware.

“If he doesn’t play then the other corners have got to step up,’’ Huff said. “If they need me to go out there, I’ll go out there.’’

Huff spends considerable practice time working on corner skills in practice and has done it dating back to his days at Texas, where fellow safeties Michael Griffin and Earl Thomas also used much of the offseason working on coverage fundamentals.

NFL Network: Gallery, McClain fined

The NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora is reporting that guard Robert Gallery and middle linebacker Rolando McClain were each fined $7,500 for infractions against the Seattle Seahawks.

Gallery was fined for a late hit, McClain for grabbing the back of an opponent’s helmet.

It was McClain’s second fine of the season. He was docked $5,000 for a body slam tackle of the Rams Danny Amendola in Week 2.

No word on tickets

The Raiders have made no announcement with regard to ticket sales and whether the Chiefs game will be televised locally after 11 straight blackouts.

Tickets are still available.

A transcription from Cable’s press briefing Friday:

Cable: Heyward-Bey practiced limited. He’s probable for the game. Murphy did not practice. He’s out. Schilens did not practice. He’s out. Satele practiced limited. He’s probable. Zach Miller did not practice. He’s doubtful. Gradkowski practiced limited. He is probable. John Henderson did not practice. He’s out. Asomugha did not practice. He’s doubtful. And Hiram Eugene practiced a little bit. He’s questionable.”

Q:What was Hiram’s injury?

Cable: Pec.

Q: What are Nnamdi’s chances of playing?

Cable: I don’t know. It will probably be game-time. We’ll see if we can work him out Sunday morning and make a decision at that point. He and Zach would both be the same.”

Q:You called Miller questionable a couple days ago. Is he just not making progress?

Q: He has, it’s just not great progress. It started to get better and then it just kind of has mellowed out here the last couple days and not much improvement.

Q: You’re fairly confident in Myers in the passing game?

Cable: Yeah. Absolutely.

Q: Has Nnamdi run yet?

Cable: No.

Q:Has Miller run yet?

Cable: No

Q: How does that affect what you want to do defensively if Nnamdi’s not out there?

Cable: It doesn’t. With Chris back, he and Stanford and Jeremy. So we’re fine. It doesn’t change anything.

Q:Talk about Michael Huff’s ability to move out and play corner. That’s pretty rare for a safety, isn’t it?

Cable: He can do that, though. He really has always been our emergency corner for about three years now. There’s been a time where he’s had to go do that – not much, but has the skill set to do that definitely.

Q: Will Bruce be No. 2 or No. 3?

Cable: We’ll see. We’ll see when we get to game day, see him throw Sunday.

Q: Will Walter McFadden be up this week?

Cable: Yes.

Q: Is Bowe their go-to guy or do they spread it around fairly evenly?

Cable: They spread it around but when you think big play down the field, it’s been predominantly Bowe.

Q: What do you need to carry over from last two weeks, and what you need to bring to this game?

Cable: Well, we have to continue to do better on third down offensively and do better in the red zone offensively. And then the penalties are still lingering out there. Those are the things we have to have some improvement on. The things that have to carry over are probably just the way we’re playing for each other, the focus, the attention to detail, the real fundamental things about the game.

Q: Have there been any back-to-back games close to these last two in terms of dominating both lines of scrimmage?

Cable: Maybe those last two games in ’08. We really took the line of scrimmage, the way we took the Tampa game – ran it like 11 straight times or something. That’s kind of a signature finish. That’s probably the last time around here you could relate it to what’s gone on the last two weeks.

Q: How was practice today?

Cable: Loose, we got done what we needed to get done. I think we’re very excited.

Q: Could you see Marcel coming on the last two years on the practice squad?

Cable: Yeah. The skill set you see, his ball skills and all that, we saw right away when we first got him. That made it an easy decision to try and make this guy into a blocker. Last year, he improved a great deal and then it seemed right when we got to camp this year and put pads on, he picked up right where he left off. With no lull and kept improving and improving. The ball skills have always been there; it was just developing him as a blocker and he’s done a heck of a job at that.

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  • DaTruth91

    First

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    It sounds like they want to keep the Chiefs guessing as to whether they’ll start or not… I just wish we could get a definitive answer….

  • Oakland_raiders

    raidermarty Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Is Brandon Myers our only te left?

    I think Reese will line up there some and Bush at FB. We will also see Barnes on running plays there.

  • VanHeathen

    great opportunity for the young guys to step up and show everyone what they’ve got…
    so sweet to have a November game that means so much…
    Just Win Baby!

  • JLofty

    Myers needs to have a career breakout day for us.

  • JLofty

    Bring back Tony Stew for a few…

  • VanHeathen

    Can’t believe gallery got fined for the late block…
    runner wasn’t down and all.
    Either way, drew a 15 yd flag on Seattle that kept the drive going, team should pay that fine…

  • DaTruth91

    Its gonna be a slug feast and is gonna be won in the trenches…

    It hurts missing nnamdi and Miller, our 2 most consistent players, but others gotta step up

    If the Dline dominates,and gets a pass russ, I dont see KC stopping us

    Go Raiders!!

  • RaiderChri

    Just from reading a portion of Cable’s interview I can feel the excitement that is the Raidahhs. He has these guys believing and I can’t til they are turned loose on Sunday. I have a feeling McFadden is going to go off and the Raiders officially declare this message to the NFL: “The Raidahhhs are BACK”

  • RaiderRetribution

    I can always tell when i’m late for jerry’s party; I make 2-3 posts in a row and no one responds- jerry be posting this week.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Stop Charles.

    Sack Cassel.

    Shut down Hali.

    Win.

  • RaiderRetribution

    The key point and best news I have ever heard from head coach, Mr. Tom Cable, “the players are playing for each other.”

    Raiders will defeat the Chiefs and be 3-0 in the division.

  • NorCalBones

    this could be the shortest game in terms of real time, with these two leading rushing teams in the NFL; now just watch both teams attempting to air it out.

    =======================================================

    wouldn’t be surprised at all if both teams come out passing, with us missing Nnamdi & the Chiefs having such a terrible pass defense. If it comes to that, I think we definitely have the advantage.

  • Oakland_raiders

    It sure is quiet here today

  • DutchRaider77

    Hopefully the O-Line are wearing cups to protect against the testy-grabbing Chiefs (Shaun Smith)

  • DutchRaider77

    So will we see the Smurf-spread formation on Sunday?

  • NorCalBones

    DHB will probably play, but no doubt we’ll see alot of Ford,Miller & JLH.

  • inonewordraider

    wouldn’t be surprised at all if both teams come out passing, with us missing Nnamdi & the Chiefs having such a terrible pass defense. If it comes to that, I think we definitely have the advantage.

    Not so fast w/ DHB our #1 receiver with no Murphy, no Z Miller, and no indication Campbell is comfortable throwing to Ford or Myers. Cassell is limiting his turnovers this year and has Bowe to bail him out.

  • NorCalBones

    The thing that worries me most about Z.Miller & Murphy being out is their ability in blocking downfield for DMac….something most people don’t think about.

  • JLofty

    its going to be muddy at the coli on sunday. i’d be surprised to see to many air balls especially from Todd Haley.

  • Oakland_raiders

    “I told our guys that I have seen things in that parking lot before games that are unspeakable.”

    -Haley

  • NorCalBones

    #21 Haley was probably talking about BAUCE’s tailgate….lol

  • NorCalBones

    or mine….when we bring the service truck with the stripper pole…..lol

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    It’s going to have to be Seymour, and that front 4 to win this game.

  • Plunketthead

    McClain for grabbing the back of an opponent’s helmet.

    $7,500 for ?
    The NFL is a joke in many ways. Add this to the list

  • PurpleDrank81

    I cant wait to see Barnes get a TD and do some kind of fat guy dance…

  • PurpleDrank81

    So many Trolls online rite now talkin about how the Raiders are going to be blown out because were missing our 2 players and that bowe wil have 150 yards with 2td’s BLAH BLAH BLAH….Since when did Chiefs fans get worst than Choker fans

  • Mistabrown

    If #21 is out it wont even be noticeable. His replacement might even get an INT.

    Myers has good hands we’ll be ok there…

    Raiders keeping the blackout hush to keep tickets moving, must be close.

  • Plunketthead

    Raider fan sure has changed from the old days.

    For instance. If Raider fan meet Squaw fan the week before the big game and squaw said “We are run all over you. You cant stop us. Our Defense will shut you down. Campbell will be running scared.”

    What do you think would happen?

    a) Raider fan says ” yeah, your guys can run and play defense but we hope we play like we did the last two games and not the six before that. IT will probaly be close and we might be able to win.”

    b) Punch Squaw in the nose

    c) Punch squaw in the nose and say ” Welcome to Oaktown, biittch. You suck, your city sucks, your team sucks and we will kick your f n arse all day Sunday. Bring two doctors instead of just one and make sure everyones insurance is paid up.

    The point is you might as well back your team all the way and believe that we will kick squaw butt on Sunday all dam game long.
    We will punch them in the face and beat them down. Our Oline is magnificent. Our D line cant be stopped. We are playing at home before sold out crowd

    RAIDERS 63
    KANSAS SCHITTY 3

  • Plunketthead

    Thats how I roll

  • Plunketthead

    It sure feels good seeing the Raiders talked about on the boob tube

    Game of the week!
    Amazing turn around!
    Very GOOD Raider football team!
    When was the last time we heard that?

  • LA to TheBay

    Damn, Plunk – we need 63,000 like you at the game Sunday!

    Where is this man’s trophy?????

  • Plunketthead

    13.NorCalBones Says:

    wouldn’t be surprised at all if both teams come out passing,
    ###################

    I would be suprised if we did not come out passing. Thats been Hues SOP so far.

  • Plunketthead

    21.Oakland_raiders Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    “I told our guys that I have seen things in that parking lot before games that are unspeakable.”
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Is there a link for that?

  • PurpleDrank81

    What do you want your trophy to say Plunk….Im thinkin bout going to get 1 made rite now for ya…. Thats how every1 should roll…..

  • Oakland_raiders
  • Oakland_raiders

    Jason Campbell has been voted FedEx Air player of the week.

  • VanHeathen

    Haley is still a ‘Ball BOY’…
    talking a bout some alleged 90yr old woman inthe parking lot…WTF!

    time to kick their ases!

  • Born with a Patch

    Cheifs are going to stack the box. Raiders need to air out the ball and spread out the D. Their pass defense isn’t real good so we should be able to move the ball with a few timing routes. if we can score that way, then Cassel will have to throw and try to play catch up, which our D can shut down. the best way to shut down their run O is to run up the score and make them pass the ball. I dont think they can match our physicality. Raider Win come sunday!!

  • Plunketthead

    Thanks LA & purp

    I was converting people in the 70,s and 80′s. They all wanted to be cocky and kicking butt too. I even have a good story about a conversion.

    We have run out of steam since then but its all about next week and what we have done lately. We are on a roll. We can finally sound off again without looking like a RealMoronRaider

    Going into this season I wanted 8-8 and maybe, just maybe a playoff game, but at least win seven games to ghet rid of that dam streak.

    Next year the teams goal will be to win the SB.
    Just think, all summer long we can be as cocky as we want to be. We can brag that we have just as good a chance as anyone, we are a young team with plenty of impact players and we have a LONG history of of making it to the AFC championship.

    There were plenty of years we just missed ( by ! that much) the championship and got beat by some great teams from the 70′s Steeltuurds to Elways mules and even the dam pats (that was our year) but the WWF errrrrrr the NFL wanted the patriots to blow the 9/11 horn.

    Best year ever!!!

  • Plunketthead

    Thanks OR

  • Born with a Patch

    Refering to that article on Haley. I’d love to see them attempt bolder moves, sounds a bit desperate to me! besides, they win on very fundamental football as they are young. attempting bolder moves is something i dont feel they are ready for on gameday. would be a perfect opportunity for our secondary to make some nice plays on the ball.

  • Seymour Bush

    Time to get up on Kansas Sh**ty, shut down their run, and make Cassell win it for them. Then have the Dline smash the rich kid, and it’s done.

  • Oakland_raiders

    I think the Raiders are going to come out fired up, think last year game #1 vs SD fired up, this time even more because they know they can beat KC.

    Like my dad used to tell me, just come out punch him in the mouth and see if he can get up and beat you.

  • Oakland_raiders

    In before the Cable jokes about punching people in the jaw

  • Seymour Bush

    # KoolKell Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    It’s going to have to be Seymour, and that front 4 to win this game.
    =======================================

    Smash the Rich Kid!

  • Seymour Bush

    Mistabrown Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    If #21 is out it wont even be noticeable.
    ==========================================

    Sure. More priceless idiocy from the clown: Nnamdi sucks, Barry Sanders never ran between the tackles, Farve sucks, global warming is a hippie myth, and the universe revolves around the earth. But at least your Cleveland Browns team has two wins!

  • JLofty

    Nice tone in here this afternoon. I like it.

  • JLofty

    Mudfest: Raiders 17, Cheaters 13.

  • Raiders for life

    Is rain in the forcast Sunday?