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Newest Raider gratified that Davis was watching

News, notes and observations Wednesday as the Raiders prepare to host the Miami Dolphins:

— Al Davis has a fondness for collecting players he liked coming out of the draft but were taken by someone else.

The latest is Jarvis Moss, the No. 17 overall pick out of Florida in 2007 who was waived by Denver a week ago after an unsatisfying three seasons.

As things were going badly for Moss in Denver, Davis was remained curious enough to mine Louis Murphy for information.

“He told me the owner had asked about me several times,’’ Moss said. “It was all positive stuff so from my point of view that’s good to know I’m wanted. Now I want to give, knowing that I was actually wanted and they gave me an opportunity.

“That just gives me more incentive to go to work and bust my tail wearing black.’’

Upon his arrival, Moss said he had a “quick, cool conversation’’ with Davis where he said he planned on giving it his all.

Moss, who will be used as a defensive end, said he thought he was just getting the hang of being a 3-4 outside linebacker when he got word he was being waived.

“I was actually getting used to it. It wasn’t a hard transition,’’ Moss told reporters following the Raiders morning walkthrough. “(Josh) McDaniels told me he didn’t want me to just be a special teams guy there, I had done everything they asked of me, and we weren’t parting ways on bad terms. He just gave me the opportunity to go start over and I’m happy about that.’’

Moss, an angular 6-foot-7 and 258 pounds, had only 3.5 sacks with the Broncos and is hoping Oakland’s emphasis on rushing the passer will pay off in better numbers.

“The D-line here has more sacks than the whole Bronco defense right now, so it could be a schematic thing,’’ Moss said.

— Defensive tackle Richard Seymour limited his comments about his $25,000 fine and open-handed blow to the face of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a statement issued by the team.

Seymour actually got the statement to the Raiders Monday, but the club never made it public until Wednesday.

Rather than put it on their Web site, or on the normal Raider letterhead and distribute it to the media, the Raiders instead had the statement typed out on what looked as if it was a manual typewriter on a blank sheet of paper and then gave it to a single member of the media with the request to pass it around.

The statement read:

“I apologize to my teammates, fans and coach for my actions in yesterday’s game. This is an emotional game that sometimes triggers frustrated reactions when you are out on the field. I reacted in a way that was unprofessional to the game and not in line with the respect that goes along with wearing the NFL shield and for that I apologize.’’

Correction: A Raiders spokesman said Seymour’s statement was put out through his own P.R. firm and not through the club. Near as anyone can tell, no one in the local media received the statement until it showed up in Alameda Wednesday.

While some players have looked at the three-game win streak as an example of what can be accomplished and as a way to put the Steelers loss aside, Seymour is of the “one game at a time’’ ilk.

“I don’t look at it as it was three in a row, we won one individual game and strung it together to another one,’’ Seymour said. “In my mind, one game is really not connected to the next. Every game is its own individual game.

“Different matchups, you see it all the time, you beat me and then I turn around and beat someone who beat you, however it works out.’’

— Punter Shane Lechler was part amused and part disgusted that game announcers Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts made such a big deal of his habit of using ammonia capsules before every punt.

“It’s nothing I haven’t been doing for the last seven years, something a lot of players in this league do before every series. There must not have been anything else to talk about.’’

— Davone Bess, the Miami wide receiver and former Skyline High School product, grew up on 77th and Rudsdale within sight distance of the Coliseum. He was a fan of the Raiders, A’s and Warriors.

Bess paid very close attention to one Raiders receiver in particular, and in some ways modeled his game after him.

“Tim Brown, man, that was my guy,’’ Bess told Bay Area reporters by conference call.

Since 2008, Bess has 179 receptions, the most in franchise history for a receiver in his first three seasons.

Signed by Miami as an undrafted free agent after a productive career in the run-and-shoot offense at Hawaii, Bess never got a sniff from the Raiders.

“Me and my agent talked about it but they never reached out,’’ Bess said.

Bess said he bought between 55 and 60 tickets and expects even more people to turn out on his behalf.

Although he never had the speed Brown had coming out of Notre Dame, his game has similar elements to Brown as a veteran player.

“One of the things with (Brown) is he was so quarterback friendly. The guy was a very, very smart player and always in the quarterback’s face as far as visibility out there in routes, uncovering, doing some of the things that I always talk to my guys about, moving without the ball. Kind of like basketball,’’ Miami coach Tony Sparano said. “With Davone, he’s kind of done that at a young stage. He really does a god job of working with the quarterback, quarterback friendly is what we call it.’’

— Miami has a lot of key players who have been hurt, but Sparano was keeping it close to the vest as to who would be available.

The list includes quarterback Chad Henne (knee), offensive left tackle Jake Long (shoulder) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (hamstring). Henne has been getting some work in practice.

If Henne can’t play, Tyler Thigpen would start for Miami.

Interesting note on Thigpen _ he’s 1-11 as a starter with the lone win coming on Nov. 30 against the Raiders.

Put another way, he’s 1-0 in games where the opponent tries a trick play in which the punter laterals the ball through his legs to a 250-pound place kicker, expecting him to turn the corner for a first down, resulting in a fumble return for the defense.

– Speaking of fumbles, one of the Raiders’ first drills Wednesday during the coldest practice of the year was practicing scooping up fumbles.

Whether it’s the drill or just plain luck, recovering their own fumbles continues to be a Raiders’ strength. Oakland has the most fumbles in the NFL with 25 but has lost only five of them.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    our QB needs to rebound in terms of getting the ball out more quckly

    ***

    true – if Dansby doesn’t play I think DMAC will have his way with that run defense

  • LA to TheBay

    The Raiders did a poor to non existent job of rolling with the punches and changing schemes up against Pitt.

    Adapt or perish in combat and we didn’t adapt.

    Should’ve sent the f’ing farm, stunts, twists all manner of blitzes against the SCRUBS occupying the Steelers O line.

    ————

    I agree 100%, 21.

    Still don’t understand the coaching or lack thereof.

    Why is it that they can’t make any in-game or halftime adjustments.

    Only thing resembling that was sending the house at Rivers.

  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk – later gents

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

  • Nnamdi21

    46. The Wild Cat can be countered by simple, gap responsible defense.

    Uh-oh…

    Actually we’ve been much better of late in that regard.

    Getting Hendu back should help too.

    Playing Travis Goethel before Scott was even injured was a stupid move and it cost us against Pitts talented TEs.

    Know we’re going to see more of this guy even if it hurts us.

    I think last week the tables turned on Oakland when they ran the ball in for a TD with Ricky Brown in for McClain and Goethel in for who ever.

    Again, stupid substitutions on the goal line hurt.

    This has happened for years now.

    F the rotation and THINK sometimes would ya Raiders?

    Field your best players in critical situations…HELLO!

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

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!! Rockstar.

  • Nnamdi21

    Peace RR happy T day Raider Nation!

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    Phillip Taylor ?? DT

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    our QB needs to rebound in terms of getting the ball out more quckly

    ***

    true – if Dansby doesn’t play I think DMAC will have his way with that run defense

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    Cable may not admit it but Grads looked much better than Campbell. Got rid of the ball, threw with amazing touch and lobbed to gaps in the D.

    He really makes our receivers and backs look better than they are.

    Campbell’s a good QB with no pressure.

    Grads is the opposite.

  • YoungAmerican

    # Dirtiest Raccoon Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    31.YoungAmerican Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:45 pm
    Stephen Wisniewski with our first pick in 2011. Find a way to trade up.

    ————–

    This would be awesome, but I’m not sure what they would use to trade up a handful of spots. 5th round pick? Future draft picks?

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

    We MUST use our 2012 first round pick to get this guy!

    This team needs to win while the window is open! This team is a good O-line and a good QB from being GREAT!

    Make it happen AL!

    ——————-

    Wouldn’t be a bad deal.

    So if that happens:

    Trade 2012 1st rounder for 2011 1st rounder
    1st round – C Stephen Wisniewski (Penn State)
    2nd round – WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)
    3rd round – QB Nathan Enderle (Idaho)
    5th round – OG Will Rackley (Lehigh) or CB Davon House (New Mexico State)
    6th round – NT Ian Willaims (Notre Dame)

    Sign FA G Harvey Dahl, RT Jared Gaither

    Re-sign Seymour, Gallery, Huff, Bush, Routt.

  • LA to TheBay

    KK,

    I think Al inserts himself more into marquee matchups. Home opener v. SD and Dallas game last year, Pittsburgh game this year.

    Let’s the coaches coach a bit more in more under-the-radar matches.

    Just my opinion, but I agree with you. The most success we’ve had this year is unconventional.

    I think we played very well in games where we were creative on offense.

  • ArmChair GM

    Davone Bess, the Miami wide receiver and former Skyline High School product, grew up on 77th and Rosedale within sight distance of the Coliseum. He was a fan of the Raiders, A’s and Warriors.
    ______________________________________________________

    Jerry, I think you meant 77th and Rudsdale in East Oakland.

  • Stabler76

    YoungAmerican Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    2nd round – WR Michael Floyd
    3rd round – C Kris O’Dowd
    5th round – QB Colin Kaepernick

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    QB Colon Kaepernick?????? – sounds like a fatal disease of the butt

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

    LA To TheBay Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    KK,

    I think Al inserts himself more into marquee matchups. Home opener v. SD and Dallas game last year, Pittsburgh game this year.
    ——————————
    Totally agree. There was a lot of glory at stake in that Pitt Game.

    Also, during the winning streak, he inserted himself in the QB controversy, leaked by one of his confidants (allegedly). And got himself into the National Press with premature accolades about his return to greatness. lol.

    Then that bland gameplan…………smells of Al davis to me.

  • LA to TheBay

    A PFT poster responding to Vince Young’s text message apology to Jeff Fisher:

    descendency says: Nov 24, 2010 3:26 PM

    Sadly Coach Fisher didn’t receive the text that VY sent as it was intercepted and returned for 6.

    LOL.

  • LA to TheBay

    I hgope Al is far enough removed from his early 70s battles with the Dolphins to stay out of this one.

    The KC finale game may be a different story.

    The coaches have to get through to him.

    We’re a contender.

  • LA to TheBay

    Al had to be troubled by the pistol and wildcat stuff.

    Campbell chucks one to Ford on a deep post and suddenly AD football is succesful again.

    The sad thing is, SD runs a Gillman offense and run it well. It’s possible to win the Al Davis way, or at least Al Davis style, but you have to let the coaches coach.

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

    LA To TheBay Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Al had to be troubled by the pistol and wildcat stuff.

    Campbell chucks one to Ford on a deep post and suddenly AD football is succesful
    ———————————-
    All of a sudden DHB comes up with an injury. And bombs away to Ford in the Pitt Game.

  • aig-raiders

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Schilens has re-injured his foot coming back from knee injury — which he hurt overcompensating for original foot injury
    —-

    you guys can have a field day with that one….later.

  • YoungAmerican

    Christ… I hope Chaz got a good degree at San Diego State.

    Maybe he can have some kind of internship with the Raiders like Danny Southwick…

  • Thec07

    aig-raiders Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Schilens has re-injured his foot coming back from knee injury — which he hurt overcompensating for original foot injury
    —-

    ++++++++++++
    So does that mean charles schallens wont be playing>

  • Thec07

    charles schallens <——-Is a mirage, does not exist..
    Augmented reality, a hologram….

  • JLofty

    Good, I hope his lack of success in Donkeytown was scheme and not talent/heart.
    We could use a “QB friendly” wideout about now.
    Leading the league in Fumbles. Nice. At least McFadden and Bush seemed to have improved themselves on that account. They needed to….

  • inonewordraider

    DHB Murphy Ford JLH ZMiller DMAC Reece, good enough to have a potent passing attack, Bruce could make us average = good enough for a playoff push

  • I am Spartacus

    Next we’ll hear that Schilens injured both glutes sitting on his ass trying to avoid reinjuring his foot and his knee. You can’t make this stuff up!

  • Thec07

    I am Spartacus Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    Next we’ll hear that Schilens injured both glutes sitting on his ass trying to avoid reinjuring his foot and his knee. You can’t make this stuff up!

    ++++++++++++

    Hhahahahahahaha……

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

    If Nick Miller & JLH don’t have the sense to let a punt at the 3yd line pass, how good do you think they are at breaking off patterns and finding open spots when the QB is in trouble?

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

    Chaz Schilins, the Greg Oden of the Raiders. Good thing he wasn’t a 1st round pick.

  • Corporate_Raider

    “College” … NOT Collage!!! Collage is like when you paste many pieces of paper together. Jeezus!

  • Thec07

    Collage is like when you paste many pieces of paper together.<—-or better know as charles schallens…

  • inonewordraider

    Jarvis Moss- “Mr. Davis kept calling me Randy”

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Im more and more fond of the Jarvis signing…Donkoes used him plain wrong

  • Thec07

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    Im more and more fond of the Jarvis signing…Donkoes used him plain wrong

    ++++++++++++++

    Hey what up new guy??? This your first time posting???

  • raiderzmaverick

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    We could have drafted Davone Bess in Round 7 of the 2008 Draft instead of Chaz Schilens … and we was a local kid & Raiders fan!
    ———————————
    He doesn’t have “Raiders Speed” Don’t matter if he’s smart, can run routes or catch the ball!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    So how many games will it take, till BHP says; “I always said we should have drafted Jarvis Moss” or “I knew he would be a badazz player”… LOL

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

    LMN

    How relations with the Turks & Pakstani’s

  • OG-RAIDERRR

    Dan fouts is a giant D1K. He must get angry that the Raiders have 3 rings and he has none. Lots of yards passing and nothing to show for it. Rivers is the next Fouts, Throws for yards in the season and CHOKES in the post-season . Screw you SD super CHOKERS! Raiders baby!

  • SnB Production

    7.Lynn from Snot Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    What a big surprise , No Chaz , I expect Jesus back before Schilens.

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    This is just hilarious!

  • SnB Production

    Well, KoolKell is right. If Vince Young is released by the Titans…he’s a Raider….

    That’s a LOCK

  • Thec07

    OG-RAIDERRR Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Dan fouts is a giant D1K. He must get angry that the Raiders have 3 rings and he has none. Lots of yards passing and nothing to show for it. Rivers is the next Fouts, Throws for yards in the season and CHOKES in the post-season . Screw you SD super CHOKERS! Raiders baby!

    +++++++++

    whats good OG? When fouts is broadcasting I will usually turn off the volumne…He is 100% anti-raider…

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

    From Wiki:
    Jarvis Moss, 4.7 40 time for someone 6’6 1/2″ 250lbs. Al Davis must have been sh*tten. Raider Speed!
    During high school he acquired a staph infection which was not found and treated until midway through his collegiate career.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Heh..

    Hi Thec, howsit hanging? =)

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # KoolKell Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    LMN

    How relations with the Turks & Pakstani’s
    _________________________________________________________

    in general, or in DC or here in CPH?

  • OG-RAIDERRR

    what up Thec07 ?

    Yeah I hate when he does any game on CBS. Any news on the health of CHarles Shallens ? lol :)

  • OG-RAIDERRR

    I think this Moss will have a better impact than the last Moss on the Raiders…

  • DKnight007

    Da Bruce is a more firey leader who has better pocket awareness and gets rid of the ball faster, along with getting out of trouble faster. He also has better improvisational skills and he scans the field better IMO. He also makes quicker decisions than JC.

    Basically the QB situation will be the X factor on whether not this team makes the playoffs or not.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    DK007

    I agree, and ontop of that…he finds Zmiller, whis is very importat to my FFL team =)

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I can see the graphic on Al Davis Football Inc.’s overhead projector:

    Vincent Young = Jamarcurelius Russell

    No way Al falls again.

  • SnB Production

    Dknight,

    The X-Factor is Darren McFadden. PERIOD!

    The Raiders have no passing game

  • SnB Production

    Macho Man Randy Savage,

    Al Davis wanted to draft Vince Young the 1st time. If VY is on the free agent listing…as toxic as he is…as bad a decision that would be…

    Al Davis just LOVES athletic former 1st round picks.

    He’ll be a Raider….hate to say it

  • priesttj

    LMN look you little sissy I don’t make mention of you so keep my name out your mouth.

    You don’t have nothing nice to say don’t say nothing.. you always got some off the wall dumbass comment.