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DHB awaits first post-Halloween catch

News and notes Thursday as the Raiders prepare to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars:

— Darrius Heyward-Bey has no catches since Halloween and no worries.

Heyward-Bey ran a reverse for 14 yards, executed a “rub off’’ screen that freed Jacoby Ford up for a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell and earned high marks from his coaches for blocking.

His season stats are exactly as they were following a 33-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 31 after he had five catches for a career-high 105 yards and a 69-yard touchdown catch: 19 receptions, 266 yards, 1 touchdown.

“There have been times he’s been open and we’ve missed him. There have been times the defense has taken him away,’’ offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. “Sometimes it happens that way.’’

Said coach Tom Cable: “Certainly I’d like him to get balls, but there hasn’t been a lot of opportunity that way. He’s doing everything else. He maybe our best blocking receiver right now. He’s doing a lot of dirty work.’’

On the 4-yard pass to Ford for the touchdown, Heyward-Bey said he created room by simply running his route.

“I’m entitled to run my route,’’ Heyward-Bey said. “If the corner jumps it, then I’m the one that’s open and the ball comes to me.’’

— Cornerback Chris Johnson was limited in practice for the second consecutive day and thinks he’ll be able to play against Jacksonville. He missed the last two games with a groin strain.

“I’m working through it,’’ Johnson said. “I should be able to go. I don’t feel anything so we’ll see how it goes. I did everything, so I don’t see why not.’’

If Johnson returns and plays in the nickel, it could mean Michael Huff goes back to free safety and Stevie Brown to the bench, an alignment that brought some good work out of both players last week.

“I think it’s been a nice deal for Stevie,’’ Cable said. “He’s giving us the freedom to do this. Obviously Michael has the skill to go out there but you can’t do it if you don’t feel good about the safety in the middle of the field.’’

— Middle linebacker Rolando McClain (foot), defensive end Jarvis Moss (hand fracture) and safety Hiram Eugene did not practice. Moss fractured his hand in practice recently.

Players who were limited included wide receiver Chaz Schilens (foot, knee), tight end Zach Miller (plantar fasciitis, leg) defensive tackle John Henderson (foot), cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), safety Tyvon Branch (shoulder).

— Center Samson Satele was conspicuous both for his work on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak in which Campbell got three yards and a first down as well as well a handful second-level blocks in the run game and screen game.

As offensive linemen are wont to do, Satele said it wasn’t necessarily as sensational as it looked.

“I had a good game but there was still a lot of stuff I could improve on,’’ Satele said. “There’s some stuff, I watched it live on TV and it looks pretty good. There’s some other stuff that I can do a lot better. Like coaches say, it’s the little things.’’

Satele described Jacksonville’s 4-3 front as a constantly moving target, with a lot of stemming.

Of particular interest is defensive tackle Tyson Alualu, the first-round draft pick from Cal.

“I can’t wait for Alualu,’’ Satele said. “My cousin is married to his sister so it should be a good match.’’

– Rookie guard Bruce Campbell, the lone member of the rookie class who has yet to make his presence felt as a position player, was inactive against San Diego. Cable, however, feels good about Campbell’s progress.

“He needs a terrific offseason, but I think he’s going to be a dynamite player in the NFL,’’ Cable said. “I really like him, and the more I’m around him, and the more I get to work with him, he can learn, he gets it, and once he has it, it’s in there and it’s locked down, and I like it. I think his future is very bright.’’

Cable thinks Campbell could play tackle, but seems to be leaning toward leaving him at guard.

“When you watch that kid run and how powerful he is inside, sometimes anchoring down, he would give you some real stability inside there,’’ Cable said. “So, we’ll see what the future holds, but I like where he’s going.’’

Robert Gallery, like Campbell, was also a college tackle who was moved inside.

“I look at it like, if you have a small parking place and you’re going to try and put a big Cadillac in it and sometime it doesn’t quite fit,’’ Cable said. “And when guys don’t quite fit in there, for whatever reason, they’re not comfortable in space outside or they don’t handle the length of it, meaning they’re long but they don’t play long, there’s no business putting them out there because they’re going to get torn up.

“ So when you get big powerful guys like that guard, I think it really stabilizes your line.’’

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  • hwnrdr

    Rockstar, that’s unfortunate what happened to Colt Brennan! I would have liked to see him come back in the offseason for another tryout, but based on the news report and from my friends and family in Hawaii tell me…his football career may be done!
    SNBPA…OUCH!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    la, like buying a lemon from a used car dealership!

  • hwnrdr

    I would love to have VJax next year…but will AJ Smith give him up, especially to the Raiders?

  • RaiderRockstar

    like buying a lemon from a used car dealership!

    ***

    Raider O,

    thoughts?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Well, gents, got customers coming to fill up on gas and buy snuff. Catch ya later today, doubtless.

  • LA to TheBay

    well said Dirt Lot. some people or even “types of people” just get under my skin

    —————————–

    City slickers, liberals, people of color?

  • bcz24

    hwnrdr Says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 6:52 am
    I would love to have VJax next year…but will AJ Smith give him up, especially to the Raiders?
    ************
    VJax is an unrestricted free agent next year. AJ Smith has no call in it, and considering AJ played hardball and forced VJax to play for less the $500,000 this year, I am quite certain VJax will not be signing with the Chargers at all. Their only hope is for the franchise tag to survive the new CBA and franchise him.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    AM-PM STARTING 2 GET BUSY,A GOOD DAY 2 EVERYONE….

  • RaiderRockstar

    Well, gents, got customers coming to fill up on gas and buy snuff. Catch ya later today, doubtless.

    City slickers, liberals, people of color?

    ***

    LOL @ PA & LA!

    you guys are hilarious :)

  • bcz24

    City slickers, liberals, people of color?
    *********
    Nope just a$$holes.

  • RaiderRockstar

    AM-PM STARTING 2 GET BUSY,A GOOD DAY 2 EVERYONE

    ***

    later DLF!

  • LA to TheBay

    You know I gotta give you a hard time since you went Bumpkin on us, RRS.

  • hwnrdr

    Dirt Lot, you work at AM PM, too? Can you get me in? LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    BCZ,

    good thing I didn’t start Kenny Britt last night!

    think i’m going to leave Mike Thomas & Steve Smith (NYG) on the bench this week too …

  • LA to TheBay

    I would venture to say if Chaz can stay healthy over the next 4 (hopefully plus) games, Al sticks with him, Murphy, DHB, and Ford.

    He’s gone this far with them.

  • RaiderRockstar

    You know I gotta give you a hard time since you went Bumpkin on us, RRS.

    ***

    I’m a Laker hater. I expect to catch a lot of crap from YOU PEOPLE :P

    Go Eastern Conf!

  • LA to TheBay

    LA to TheBay —> rocks the Circle K.

  • hwnrdr

    Who’s the oldest of that group? Chaz?
    We need to really find a replacement for Sanjai Lal…I mean seriously, is that really the best we could do?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I would venture to say if Chaz can stay healthy over the next 4 (hopefully plus) games

    ***

    I think theres a better chance of JaMarcus winning a spelling bee or a 5k relay

  • hwnrdr

    Rockstar, you know I don’t give crap…lol! That is and always have been my team…they win, they win, they lose…well…they lose! Not as passionate about them like I am about the Raiders!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    jerry rice?

  • LA to TheBay

    I’ve been a Laker fan since birth. Lakers/Raiders/Dodgers. I must admit, and Laker fans hate me for it, I went through a phase where I just couldn’t stand them. They were winning titles and still all the turmoil.

    When Kobe basically pushed Shaq out the door, I almst gave up on em. He really won be back over during his trial. Sure, he’s a scumbag, but with all the pressure in the world on him, played the best basketball of his life and continues to put the team on his shoulders.

    I see why people hate the Lakers. They’re Hollywood and people, especially in Middle America, just find it very offensive. That’s what Al never got about LA. His anti-media agenda will not endear him to entertainment-types in the Southland.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t see Jerry Rice getting into coaching … maybe the broadcast booth or an NFL pregame show

  • LA to TheBay

    I think theres a better chance of JaMarcus winning a spelling bee or a 5k relay

    ——-

    What grade is the spelling bee for?

  • LA to TheBay

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 7:06 am
    I don’t see Jerry Rice getting into coaching … maybe the broadcast booth or an NFL pregame show

    ——————–

    Maybe a fashion show….

  • RaiderRockstar

    What grade is the spelling bee for?

    ***

    well as Jeff Foxworthy would say, he’s definately not smarter than a 5th grader!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    later gents, gotta get to work…and no, its not a gas station!
    ;)

  • LA to TheBay

    Have you seen that show? Where do they get these kids from? The City?? They obviously don’t play war and scrape their knees and steal their parents’ cars and go joyriding.

    In other words, they’re likely not American.

  • RaiderRockstar

    REDNECK 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

    Twelve-pack of Bud
    Eleven Wrastling tickets
    Ten o’ Copenhagen
    Nine years probation
    Eight table dancers
    Seven packs of Redman
    Six cans of Spam
    Five flannel shirts
    Four big mud tires
    Three shotgun shells
    Two hunting dogs
    … And some parts to a Mustang GT.

  • LA to TheBay

    LMAO

  • LA to TheBay

    Have they gotten electricity out to y’all yet?

    Running water?

  • GamecockRaider

    I’ve been a Raider fan for 34 years over here in SC. The last eight years have been very depressing for all of us. We are 6-6 with a chance at the division. I feel like if we beat the cats this Sunday we will win out. Denver at home(win). Colts we can beat just like we beat the Chargers: Story of the day, Rivers under pressure. Same formula, Manning under pressure. I know we need help from the Chargers this Sunday to beat KC, with Casel out bc of surgery should help. I wasn’t a fan of Jason Campbell but I have changed my mind. If we don’t turn the ball over we will win. Jacoby Ford has been a pleasant surprise, send him deep four times a game and he will come down with the ball at least two of those. We need Zach Miller back soon but my wife is a nurse and says that his type injury is super painful and will only heal(no pun intended)slowly. Sorry for the long post but I’m just excited about Raider Football again and the future of the team. Just Win Baby.

  • RaiderRockstar

    gotta get to work…and no, its not a gas station!

    ***

    Wow, somebody done been to the WalMart!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade JaJon Condo for Jeff Foxworthy!

  • LA to TheBay

    Can Foxworthy execute a perfect snap every time?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Have they gotten electricity out to y’all yet?

    Running water?

    ***

    LA,

    you think money grows on trees?

  • Thec07

    Jerry, where are you man? What happend to Jarvis Moss???

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Jarvis-Moss-breaks-his-hand-5536.html

  • hwnrdr

    LA to TheBay Says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 7:15 am
    Can Foxworthy execute a perfect snap every time?

    With or witout a sign?

  • LA to TheBay

    LA,

    you think money grows on trees?

    ———————-

    Only if you’re a liberal. They’re just handing that stuff out. For silly stuff like social wellbeing and unemployment. Benefits for our heroes (911 workers)?? Don’t these people have insurance (that actually pays the claim)?

    Outro, Nation.

    Catch you guys in the PM sesh.

  • LA to TheBay

    With or witout a sign?

    ———————–

    LOL, that would be a great coaching tool for Cable in the film room.

    “Satele, are you kidding me? You call that a block?? Here’s your sign.”

  • LA to TheBay

    Later.

  • hwnrdr

    I agree with Game…we beat the Jags, we win out!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Only if you’re a liberal. They’re just handing that stuff out. For silly stuff like social wellbeing and unemployment.

    ***

    LA, LOL!

    I’ll stick to my backwoods way of livin’

  • bcz24

    well as Jeff Foxworthy would say, he’s definately not smarter than a 5th grader!
    ************
    1. Fox stole that show from the Howard Stern Show
    2. To my knowledge NO ONE ever won that game.

    I saw an astro-physisist not even make it to the final question, and I guarantee you there isnt a single 5th grade TEACHER in the country that could win that show.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

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