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Hue Jackson highlights

Highlights from Saturday’s sessions with coach Hue Jackson on the final day of the draft:

If any potential picks got away

“There’s always a couple guys you go, wow, you know, that you might’ve wished would have fell, or right when you’re picking that you could have picked. But I am extremely happy with every guy that we were able to put on our football team. As I said yesterday, you have a process, you have a board. And I truly believe that you play true to your board. If a guy goes off that you wanted, that’s why you evaluate all these guys. You take the next guy. You take the next guy that’s on your board, based on your evaluation and your judgment, and that’s what we were able to do, and that’s what we got done.”

Ausberry’s position _ tight end or wide receiver

“He’s a really unique athlete. Because guy’s over 6-3, he’s 240-plus pounds, runs really fast, 4.56, can catch. We’re gonna find out exactly what we need to do with him. We’re gonna bring him in here as a receiver. But obviously this guy has room for growth. I mean, this guy could get up to 255, 260 pounds. And who knows, he might be an unbelievable tight end. But to me, those are the kind of guys you find in the seventh round, who have that potential, who has the measurables, the size, the speed combination, and now it’s just a matter of us coaching this young man and seeing what he can be.”

Addressing needs on offensive line, secondary

“I think they were needs, based on where we were, based on some uncertainty about what’s going on in the league right now. And I think we addressed them as well as we could. I mean, we are putting two very strong, bid-bodied offensive linemen on our football team who love to play the game. We’ve addressed our secondary concerns, if there were any, with two players that are extremely gifted and talented, that are big, long guys who can really run. So there’s no question, I think we came into this with some thoughts that we wanted… as I told you guys, I think is a very talented team. I didn’t think we had a ton of holes to fill. But there were some things that we needed to get done, and we were able to get those things done.”

Concern of Richard Gordon’s meager receiving stats

“Some tight ends in college, they don’t get the ball very much. Because when you play — probably at the University of Miami, they throw the ball down the field to some of those big, tall receivers that can really run, or the small guys that can run, so they keep those guys in for protection. But when you get to evaluate the tape, you know, the workout tape, the game tape, and you see a guy can catch, can make plays, but also block at the point of attack, it makes that guy very enticing. And he was a tremendous pick for us. I’m very excited about him, because he has nothing but upside.’’

How to interpret only corners being chosen for the defense

“I expect us to be one of the best defenses in football. And I’m not just saying that. I believe that. We have some tremendous, tremendous players over there. Cornerback here for the Oakland Raiders will always be a position that we address. We love guys who can cover, we love guys who can run, we love guys who are athletes, who can play several different spots back there in the secondary, but I think the message that’s sent is that we’re pretty solid over there on that side of the football. I feel that way. I think our staff, our organization feels that way, but we wanted to make sure that we continued to grow in the secondary. I don’t think you can ever have enough good corners, you know, guys who can cover different types of offenses as they put out there, and we were able to address that.’’

Guidelines for contacting undrafted rookie free agents

“(No contact). That is still being determined by the league. And again, until that rule is known, there’s nothing we can do. When they say the draft is over, everything is over, and that’s what every team in this league has to do at this point in time. . . . Right now, there will be no phone calls. Right now, when the league says, ‘Stop shop,’ we’re stopping shop.

Denarius Moore in contrast to receivers already on roster

“Well, he runs 4.42, he’s tall, he makes plays, he’s very athletic. I see him as a guy who is maybe a little different than some of the guys we have because this guy is different in that he is coming from Tennessee, from the SEC, which I think is a very good school and he’s proven that he can make plays from anywhere on the field. One that you guys can see that we’ve done is infuse our offensive team with even more talent. More guys that can make football plays. If a guy can make a play, I want him on this team. Because that’s the name of the game, you gotta go out and make plays. We have guys that can make plays; the Jacoby Fords, the Louis Murphys, the Darrius Heyward-Beys. Those guys can make plays but I am still searching for anybody that can help this team win, I’m looking for them and this guy can.”

Running back and return specialist not a need but drafting Taiwan Jones

“How do you pass up a guy that can make plays like that? As I keep saying, you find a special talent, a guy that can score touchdowns as often and as fast as he can, and if he is sitting there, it’s hard to pass up those kinds of guys. I wouldn’t pass him up and we didn’t pass him up. I mean, he’s on our football team. This guy is a tremendous, tremendous football player and he is something special. So when you talk about need, need sometimes is important and I think we addressed those needs but also just the talent alone, you cannot pass up a guy that can make a play on your football team. Especially when they’re sitting on that board.”

Differences between Van Dyke and Chekwa

“Both of them can play corner but one’s a little bigger than the other as far as weight’s concerned. They both run extremely well. One’s in the 4.2’s, the other in the 4.3’s. One will play right and the other will play left, that’s obvious. But they’re guys who demonstrate the characteristics that we look for. They can play man coverage, they can get up in the line of scrimmage with some very good receivers that we’re gonna face in our division. They can line up with the big guys and obviously that’s the question that you guys have, ‘can he really line up with Vincent Jackson and go play the guy’ well that’s yet to be seen. But we’re going to coach this guy, again I have two of the best secondary coaches in football in Rod Woodson and Kevin Ross and we’re going to get these young men ready to play.”

Getting playbooks to players during brief period where lockout lifted

“Oh boy, I was trying to get them as much information as I could. Oh man, I don’t know how much we were able to give them before the league said ‘stop’, but I know that we were trying to do everything that we could within the rules to make sure that we got our players the information that they needed.”

NOTE: Tight end Brandon Myers said Friday he didn’t receive a playbook but expected to get one Monday.

If playbook is dramatically different than a year ago

“No, not for the most part. The expectation is different, you know, and how they prepare with that playbook, but there’s no question that our player are… I hope when we come back and we hit the ground, a lot of our guys know exactly where we are and what we’re trying to accomplish on offense, defense, and special teams.”

Comfort level at safety with Huff possibly out of the picture

“I think I feel very comfortable where we are at safety. Obviously I can’t comment on the player you just mentioned because the rules won’t allow me to. But know this, I hope we can get every last one of our players back that are sitting out there because I think they’re good football players. We drafted them, they were here, and we’d love to keep them here.”

If some players are taken off the board regardless of talent if they don’t appear serious enough about football

“There’s no question. Everybody can’t wear the silver and black. Just like everybody can’t wear other teams’ jerseys. We look for specific type of player to play for us. And obviously the measureables are important. We want the guy as big as he can be, as fast as he can be, as agile as he can be. But at the end of the day, he’s got to want to play football. And that’s what it comes down to. You got to like the toughness, the physical nature of this sport, and if you don’t like that, you don’t have a chance to be very successful in this league. All these young men that are on this team this season, and you alluded to last year, and that’s all I can speak to because these are the only two years that I’ve been here, they like to play football. That’s what this is truly all about. You got to want to come to work in this building each and every day and prepare and go to practice and compete and then go out there whether it’s Thursday, Sunday, Monday and play as well as you can to give this organization and team a chance to win.”

Chekwa’s ability to play safety

“He’s like you said a guy that plays in the Big Ten and the Big Ten is known for running teams and all that. But I think he can do anything we need him to do. obviously we’re going to play him at corner. The guy has an unbelievable skill set because he’s a big guy, he’s a physical guy. He can get up in your face and put his hands on you and redirect you and get after you and run. So if wee needed him someplace else we’ll find that out as we move forward. But right now he’s just going to play corner for us.’’

How special teams was helped by draft

“If you take a look at all these players that are on our team, they’re all athletes who can run, who are big-bodied guys who love the game. And I think anytime you put a collection of athletes together like that they have an opportunity to play a multitude of different things. And obviously special teams is a huge part of what we do here. There’s offense, defense and specials teams and I truly feel that guys who can contribute on offense and defense should be able to contribute on special teams, too. Now all won’t based on decision that we make, based on their opportunity and skill set but all these guys have a chance to lineup and contribute. Whether it be the field goal team, whether it be the punt team, whether it be the kickoff team, kickoff return team. All of these guys have a chance to be a part of our special teams.’’

His assessment of this year’s quarterback draft class

“ I think it was a class that had some guys that were good players, the Gabberts, I thought was a tremendous talent. I know Jake Locker went first to Tennessee and obviously he’s very talented. It wasn’t as strong in my opinion as some past years. In my opinion I didn’t see Sam Bradford, I didn’t see Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan. That’s just kind of the way I see it. That’s just my opinion. I just think there were more guys who have an opportunity to ascend and become very good players as you continue to go through the years with them. Obviously the truth for a quarterback is to get on a team that is going to give you an opportunity to showcase your talents and abilities. Most quarterbacks when you’re drafted you don’t get that opportunity sometimes. You get plugged into a system that you’ve never seen. You get plugged in a terminology you’ve never heard of before and it can be difficult for a quarterback. Is this one of the stronger classes that’s been around? I don’t know that. But is it overall as so many guys have gone a pretty good class? I think that’s yet to be determined.’’

Drafting players such as Van Dyke and Gordon with something to prove

“To me that’s the kind of player you want. You want the hungry player who has something to prove, who is interested going out showcasing his talents and his abilities and letting everybody else know you made a mistake. Both of those young men are very eager to show Raider nation, to show our team, their teammates, this organization that we made the correct choice. I truly believe that. I think a hungry player is a good player because they do have something to prove. I’m looking forward to watching these guys compete and play.’’

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  • TerrapinRaider

    Teams cannot contact these prospects unforntunately.

  • ohioraider

    C- for talent
    F for obvious signs of intense meddling by the old creeper.

    And, listen up, Father Pride & Poise, you can write “period” to your little black and silver heart’s content but you don’t have the final word on anything. That’s why they have blogs. And the implication that the team acted on your personal recommendation to get Van Dyke ought to put to rest once and for all any doubts as to your credibility. What a joke.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Here’s a post from longtime NFL scout Gil Brandt about Davis and his speed-size mantra.

    Fuel to Al’s critics I guess…

    “Few recognize the value of speed more than Raiders’ Davis.

    At one point last season, there was a preference by the Oakland Raiders’ coaching staff to keep rookie Jacoby Ford inactive on gameday.

    To which Raiders owner Al Davis said: “I think you should reconsider that.”

    Sure enough, Ford went on to make several game-changing and head-turning plays for the Raiders, both as a receiver and a return specialist.

    Ford was the fastest player at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2010, and it was no surprise that Oakland drafted him (he was a fourth-round pick). Davis loves speed, perhaps more than anyone in the NFL.

    And so it should be no surprise that the Raiders now have drafted perhaps the three fastest players from this year’s combine — Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke in the third round, Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa in the fourth round and Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones later in the fourth.

    “As I told you guys before,” Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Saturday to the Oakland media, “we don’t run from speed, we run to speed, especially guys that can play.”

    Davis, who was a football coach long before he was an owner, basically believes there are two things you can’t teach: size and speed.

    He keeps two lists heading into the draft: “Speedy” and “Jumbo.” The Raiders also grabbed a player from the Jumbo list in this draft: LSU guard Joseph Barksdale in the third round.”

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    “TerrapinRaider Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 8:18 am
    Teams cannot contact these prospects unforntunately.”

    Crap, I guess you’re right, stupid owners.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Not that Gil Brandt’s post is anything new to us.

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

    Not drafted Syracuse DE Mikhail Marinovich, Todds brother.

  • Violent Hands

    I think the draft of the Oakland Raiders has a lot of potential, more so than other years. It’s just a matter of coaching and using the pieces we acquired correctly. Other than Wis and Barksdale, this was a draft of depth and developmental starters. For a team that came to close to the playoffs, it’s not a bad way to draft. However, I think this was more than just drafting some depth and a couple O-Line starters. My interpretation of the draft plan after the jump.

    Now then let me start by saying that obviously, none of this is for sure. I’m pretty much just speculating as I obviously don’t know what Davis and Jackson were planning. It’s just how I think they were looking at the draft.

    Let’s just start with those O-Line guys. Barksdale and Wis can both come in and start immediately and most likely will. Both bring the size and power we need for the power block scheme, and both immediately upgrade the line. This is pretty much cut and dry. We may have been top-10 in offense last year, but that O-Line was getting Jason Campbell killed (by the way, glad we didn’t take Kaepernick or Mallett) and had trouble opening up holes against above average run defenses.

    Now then, let’s look at our two DB’s, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Checkwa. Both are fast, fluid, and physical. Both fit the press-man scheme. Both have high upside. Both give us a deep group of defensive backs. Look at what our cornerback group looks like

    Stanford Routt- One of the most targeted corners in the NFL who was almost exclusively on the offense’s number 1 receiver. Despite all this, still managed to allow only a handful of touchdowns. Could be even better with our next corner taking some of the heat away from him with:
    Chris Johnson- Just like Stanford Routt, sucks in the slot, great on the outside. Was in Routt’s position two years ago and had very similar stats in terms of touchdowns allowed.
    Jeremy Ware- Can play safety or corner. Showed flashes of excellence last year. Rookie mistakes led to allowing big plays but was solid and improving as the year went on.
    Walter McFadden- Still developing but gave up a lot of big plays. Never really seemed to get it. Coaching staff has high hopes but might not even make team when competing with:
    DeMarcus Van Dyke- Looks like Walter McFadden but a more physical guy who can better play the bump-and-run scheme and with higher upside. Tall, fast, physical and at worst is good depth.
    Chimdi Checkwa- Guy looks like he could end up our nickel corner if it wasn’t for Jeremy Ware. Checkwa loves to play physical and has enough speed to hang with any slot receivers who might beat his press coverage. Has great recovery ability and once again fits the scheme like a glove. I love this kid.
    Many said we needed a starting corner to replace Nnamdi. If Chris Johnson and Stanford Routt have been playing number 1′s and been two of the most attempted on corners in the NFL during their starting stints with Nnamdi, but only allowed 3-5 touchdowns, I think we’ve got two quality starters. The problem wasn’t starters last year, it was the nickel and dime backs who were getting beat constantly in the slot. Chris Johnson and Stanford Routt can’t play in the slot, plain and simple. They just can’t.

    So what did Al Davis do? He gets two corners who can play in the slot very well and actually are nickel corners, especially in the scheme. Two guys who are physical enough to press against big slot receivers, yet fast enough against speedy slot guys and to recover if they get beat at the line. Both have potential to be great corners, and at worst are improvements and great depth.

    Next we were given a “speed receiver”, the speed back Taiwan Jones, a big receiver who might develop as a TE, FB, or just stay as a big Chaz Schilens-type receiver, and a big blocking TE that I’ve seen scouting reports call, “an extension of Miami’s offensive line”.

    Now why the air quotes around speed receiver for Denarius Moore? Speed receiver implies that he’s just fast. That he’s not tough, not a good pass catcher, not a good route runner. Moore however is all of these. He’s fast, has great hands, plays tough versus press, and runs solid routes (needs some improvement but isn’t like JLH out there). Moore has potential to be a starter. I’ll go ahead and say it, he is currently the most sure-handed receiver we have. Amazing pick.

    Now then, why did we draft so many offensive players and offensive weapons when we were a top-10 offense last year? Those numbers were inflated and misleading. When you tie an NFL record for points scored in a single game, it’ll tend to inflate a couple stats. Face it, we lit up the scoreboard only against bad defenses. The only one I consider decent that we did well against was Kansas City.

    But when it came time to face Pittsburgh, Tennessee, San Francisco, etc, our offense came to a screeching halt. This team didn’t just need a new O-Line, it needed a guy who can come in and just flat-out out run even the fastest of NFL corners whenever McFadden is out or playing badly (Taiwan Jones).

    The offense needed a true number one receiver with sure hands and speed who will be our indisputable number 1 receiver week in and week out (Denarius Moore).

    The offense needed a big huge red zone target other than just Zach Miller who can outreach, out-jump, and out-body anyone covering him (potentially David Ausberry).

    FInally and maybe most importantly, the offense needed a real blocking TE who can catch here-and-there, but mostly stay in an be a reliable blocker for Hue’s two TE sets to free up Miller to do what he does best, be a playmaking TE (Richard Gordon).

    This is going to be a smashmouth, grind-it-out team that will dominate time of possession. Just when you’re lulled to sleep by the constant first down grabs for Miller, Reece, or the running backs, or the constant churning of 4 yard gains by DMac and Bush, or even just the sure handed grabs of Denarius Moore on the ouside, BAM!

    Oakland depth on offense and its many weapons come alive. Whether it be Taiwan Jones crashing through corners or racing past backers and safeties on screen passes, McFadden bursting through the middle of a tired defense, Denarius Moore showing why he averaged 21 YPC, Jacoby Ford’s amazing speed and YAC ability, Miller busting through the secondary thanks to being freed up by Richard Gordon, or maybe even Murphy or DHB finally catching a pass and showing their jets.

    This offense will finally have some options on third and 5′s, some options if the running game is stale, and finally a complete package receiver on the outside. All three were things we lacked last year, all three cost us games, all three were majorly underrated needs.

    Am I upset we didn’t get a linebacker or some help for the run D in the draft? Of course I am. However, I’m excited at the possibility of our offense finally playing great against any defense in the NFL, not just the bad ones. I love that slot receivers might finally no longer be our worst nightmares. And of course, I love having finally gotten help for the offensive line.

    While the offense lights up the scoreboards and dominates time of possession, opposing offenses will struggle to play catch up with multiple receiver sets against a very deep cornerback group and an elite pass rushing front four.

    This draft made Oakland a much deeper team, a more consistent team, and quite possibly a playoff team. We’ll just have to wait and see. Nothing is ever certain in the NFL.

    S and B pride

  • ohioraider

    Could I please have the last three minutes of my life back?

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Nice perspective Violent Hands, a smart, refreshing take on our Draft for a change.

  • edward teach

    Nice post, Violent Hands. It’s nice to see that someone is actually considering what the Raiders are trying to accomplish and understanding the reasoning behind the picks we made.

    On a side note; noticed on BSPN’s website this morning that they have grades for all 32 teams’ drafts. They will only tell you what Mel Kiper and Todd McShay think if you pay them and become an “Insider”.

    Seriously? Who pays money to find out what Kiper and McShay think about ANYTHING???

  • TerrapinRaider

    Damn boys I think we really made a good pick with Barksdale. I checked out two games on the Tube LSU vs Bama & LSU vs A&M Cotton Bowl. This guy is really good. When he locks onto you its over! I even saw a mean streak in him finishing a play after the whistle vs A&M.

    The only worry I have is his ability to get to the next level in downfield blocking when necessary and handle the speed rush from the outside. But he is a bonafide RT. I have no doubt. This is a very good talent for a 3rd round pick.

    Check him out ….LSU played him at LT last year #78. This guy will be a monster in the run game.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjeaK1TuvDQ

  • TerrapinRaider
  • aig-raiders

    The more I think about it the more I think we got a GREAT DRAFT. Our first rounder was Richard Seymour, Taiwan Jones, and 2 big uglies that we needed desperately. Can’t ask for more. 2/3 of those DT/DE picked in the first 2 rounds will never even play at Richard’s level.

    If we can do something with our long term QB position, I’d be really excited.

  • Harder2000

    @ A.B. Paine III, getting Clausen at a low price would be a great addition! He definately has the intangibles and a chip on the shoulder as well! A year or two should make him a serious contender for the spot, and at the very least he would add depth as a back-up right away! But havent we already traded our 4th rd pick for Campbell? Anyway, a solution should not be too difficult to come by, and it would be a great pick up imo!

  • ohioraider

    edward teach Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Nice post, Violent Hands. It’s nice to see that someone is actually considering what the Raiders are trying to accomplish and understanding the reasoning behind the picks we made.
    —————————————-
    Oh, please. First of all, historically more than half of these picks end up nowhere. The idea is to find a rationale that somehow links to the stated goal of winning now–not later. Wisniewski, Barksdale, and Chekwa are the only high picks who could play right away. After that, they’re all developmental and, what’s more, the developmental picks have iffy production track records, making their ultimate contribution unknowable but certainly far from guaranteed. Davis’ track record with speedy developmental projects is highly uneven, but certainly below 30-40%. These picks are crap shoot.

    Other GMs have demonstrated a higher probability of success drafting players with proven production track records, who are smart, and fit into systems. Al is the only one who still rolls the dice (in early rounds no less, see Van Dyke) on these low probability picks.

    Ultimately, his method has proven to be disastrous over the past 20 years. The proof is in the record, and last year notwithstanding Davis has steered the team toward ruin.

  • Thec07

    Good Post VHands..

    My only real concern is stopping the run, we need to get at least to the mid teens in this area. We did not
    address the run so the org must beleive it was not a personnel issue.

  • Thec07

    I do like the D Moore pick, the guy has good hands.

  • Carl Weathers

    I watched every game last year and we progressed all year and, I think, we became a damn good D vs. the run. If we can eliminate the 20+ yard runs you stat guys will get your wish of a top 10 run D.

  • Carl Weathers

    I guess stopping the long runs and a good run D go hand in hand but I’m sure you all agree that our D made a lot of stops for a loss or no gain.

  • severeraiderz

    Thec07 Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 9:21 am
    I do like the D Moore pick, the guy has good hands.
    /////////////////////////////////

    Yeah he should make the roster over nick miller and JLH….Ford, Chaz, Murphy, DHB, and Moore is a pretty athletic bunch with Ford, Murphy, and Moore all possessing above average hands. I also like Ausberry as maybe a back up TE/FB guy with Gordon going to the practice squad as a guy that gould develop into a terror in the passing game one day.

  • edward teach

    OhioRaider,

    Three of our picks are going to contribute right away (you said so yourself), and Denarious Moore could be the fourth. Taiwan Jones is not a developmental player; running backs almost never are. How you could not consider that a success is beyond me.

    Four of our first five picks will contribute right away.
    Were you expecting all seven picks to be starters and take us to the Super Bowl?

  • severeraiderz

    Carl Weathers Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 9:34 am
    I watched every game last year and we progressed all year and, I think, we became a damn good D vs. the run. If we can eliminate the 20+ yard runs you stat guys will get your wish of a top 10 run D.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    I think the development of McClain will be huge to the run D. Most people forget that we can’t judge him like a regular LB, we have to look at him like a QB because he made all of the calls on d and was responsible for the audibles. He couldn’t just go out there and play, he had to be much more cerebral. As he got more comfortable with that aspect, his confidence grew and his play improved.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    “I think I feel very comfortable where we are at safety. Obviously I can’t comment on the player you just mentioned because the rules won’t allow me to. But know this, I hope we can get every last one of our players back that are sitting out there because I think they’re good football players. We drafted them, they were here, and we’d love to keep them here.”

    ————–
    does this mean ASO will be resigned??

  • aig-raiders

    It is so irritating to see Al let Nnamdi go for nothing. He’s prob gonna let Bush go for nothing too at some point.

    Taiwan Jones is a very intriguing player and I am very excited to see him on the Raiders. Now that McFadden has proven himself, Bush is a luxury imo and we should get something for him.

  • severeraiderz

    Edward Teach Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 9:43 am
    OhioRaider,

    Three of our picks are going to contribute right away (you said so yourself), and Denarious Moore could be the fourth. Taiwan Jones is not a developmental player; running backs almost never are. How you could not consider that a success is beyond me.

    Four of our first five picks will contribute right away.
    Were you expecting all seven picks to be starters and take us to the Super Bowl?

    ////////////////////////////////////////

    The only players i expect to contribute right away are the 2 OL, unless we plan on moving Chekwa to FS. Mcfadden is a better cover guy than either of the corners we drafted this year IMO. I could see Moore contributing some, and possibly a lot if Schilens goes down. He is as good of an athlete as Murphy and has more consistent hands. I dont think Hue can wait to break out his new toy in Taiwan Jones on a reverse or a screen, but i also think his contributions will be minor.

  • severeraiderz

    R8dercain Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 9:46 am
    “I think I feel very comfortable where we are at safety. Obviously I can’t comment on the player you just mentioned because the rules won’t allow me to. But know this, I hope we can get every last one of our players back that are sitting out there because I think they’re good football players. We drafted them, they were here, and we’d love to keep them here.”

    ————–
    does this mean ASO will be resigned??

    //////////////////////////////////////////

    I think it means that Asomugha will be gone and Huff will be extended an offer that pays a little less than what Routt is making. Miller and Bush will both be back.

  • lefty12

    “with ford,Murphy,and Moore all possessing above average hands”-you’re joking right.Murphy drops more passes than that evil villain DHB.I’m not sure you could say he even has average hands.

  • Harder2000

    @Aig-Raiders, even though Bush is not a thumper, he is a big and heavy RB that hurts and wears down the D – this is a useful complement to D-Mac, who as you said, has proven to be a legit starter! If we should part ways with Bush, we should add another big body to help bring some added weight and physicality for certain defenses, imo! Besides getting a UFA, another possibility could be adding LeRon McClain who could double as a nasty FB and a backup RB with a big and heavy runningstyle (guy carries 265 lbs, not too much fun to tackle when he hits the secondary). Hue would definately be able to persuade him to come, and he has expressed a wish to be involved more in the offense.. He would fit in nicely imo, as a complement to X-factor Reece at FB, and to D-Mac (and TJ) as a ballcarrier..
    But what could we get for Bush? Which team really need a RB after the draft and would pay a steep price? What are the rules like with RFA’s? Can we trade them when they have signed their tender?

  • severeraiderz

    think a lot of people under estimate Walter Mcfadden, the guy can flat out cover, makes an effort in the run game. He has the cockiness and short memory that it takes to succeed as a corner. He can turn and run with almost anyone and has great feet and hips.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBuXMfjIHI

    nice hit at 0:45

  • severeraiderz

    Lefty12 Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:05 am
    “with ford,Murphy,and Moore all possessing above average hands”-you’re joking right.Murphy drops more passes than that evil villain DHB.I’m not sure you could say he even has average hands.

    /////////////////////////////////////

    Lol thanks for catching that I was thinking Chaz and typed Murphy

  • Carl Weathers

    Severe,

    McClain showed signs of greatness in his first season. LB, especially MLB is tough to make an impact in year one.
    Kelly had his best year, Houston was a stud, also his first year.
    Shaugnessy should be an everydown DE this year, year three.
    Henderson will hopefully be healthy and should be used solely on short yardage or goaline plays, 20 snaps a game to keep him fresh all year.
    Seymour won’t slow down yet, especially with the fresh blood around him playing so well.

    It looks real promising. The pass D, hmmm we’ll have to wait until after FA to judge.

  • wolff

    Rehabilitated JaMarcus, surely the Raiduhs deserve to give him one more chance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfLpEzaKxYM&NR=1

  • severeraiderz

    Wow…..Mckshay just said that Wiz should have come off the board in the 4th and that D. Moore was our best pick (agreed, him and T. Jones IMO).

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Severeraiderz Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:17 am
    think a lot of people under estimate Walter Mcfadden, the guy can flat out cover, makes an effort in the run game. He has the cockiness and short memory that it takes to succeed as a corner. He can turn and run with almost anyone and has great feet and hips.
    —————
    an this is probably all true an correct save for the Miami game last season,doesn’t help this analogy. Let’s hope this shows up this season…if there is one

  • aig-raiders

    @Harder,

    I hear ya man. I’m a Bush fan too. But getting a big grinder shouldnt be that hard. The FB should definitely be the grinder too. I like having Taiwan Jones on 3rd down as a scat back. Let’s see what he can do but Bush is now a luxury. We should try to get a 2nd for him. I just dont want Al to keep Bush around and let him hit freeagency for nothing like with Nnamdi.

  • Harder2000

    Wouldnt mind adding Cromartie to the secondary as well – he has the size we need to take care of several big WR in our division! Cant really see who would be able to play on the other side of Routt – CJ was eaten alive when he was on the field last year, even when they didnt throw to his side, would hate to depend on him out there, doesnt really seem to reach the level he displayed when he got his contract! In addition, W-Mac and Ware showed promise in the preseason but also showed in season that they need to learn extensively and they remain unproven in the league, while Chekwa and DVD are both still untested at this level – they all have good potential, but are any of them really ready to contribute in a major way as starters in our highly demanding scheme?

  • aig-raiders

    Murphy can play football. Not sure about DHB. Murphy drops because of lack of concentration or scared but he is clearly a natural football player compared to DHB the trackstar trying to play football. DHB can’t track the ball in the air at all. You can clearly see it. Murphy was clearly playing scared over the middle after he hurt his clavicle bone last year.

  • lefty12

    McShay said Mallett would never be a decent pro QB.Then after NE drafted him he said what a great pick he was,that NE had Brady’s replacement and their QB for the next 10 years.He has no creditability.

  • aig-raiders

    McShay is a joke. The only guy I take seriously is Mayock.

  • Harder2000

    Aig, i agree – and a 2nd rd would be a good pick for him! I would pick up McClain and trade him if we could get a good 2nd, not too bad! And as you say, losing him in UFA would be too devestating and a really bad move!

  • aig-raiders

    wolff Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Rehabilitated JaMarcus, surely the Raiduhs deserve to give him one more chance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfLpEzaKxYM&NR=1
    ——————-

    Dude is too dumb to play the QB position. Sad but true.

  • Harder2000

    Mallet will propably be trade bait in a couple of years! Some team will overpay to get a QB ‘coached by the best’..

  • aig-raiders

    @Harder

    agreeing with you too much today. I was thinking this yesterday. 2 years from now, somebody is going to pay the Pats a 1st and 3rd to get Mallet. It’s really unfair but it is what it is. The Rich gets Richer.

  • severeraiderz

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:27 am
    McShay is a joke. The only guy I take seriously is Mayock.

    /////////////////////////////

    Mayock is an ass and said that Darren McFadden shouldnt be a top 10 pick and that he had character issues.

  • J Hill

    AIG,

    You have to admit that DHB made significant progress from year 1 to year 2. I mean, went from looking like he shouldn’t even be in the league to what we can at least call a #4 WR. Yeah he had some drops, but he had some nice plays too.

    The kid is an extremely hard worker and usually that translates to something. I’m not looking for him to be what Al Davis envisions, but I think he can at least “contribute”.

  • Harder2000

    Haha, so true Aig! No matter how one feel about the Pats, they way too often come out on top! As you say, the rich get richer!

  • severeraiderz

    mayock on jamarcus, note what he says about his accuracy:

    “I took some heat about the comments I made about JaMarcus Russell last year, but I stand by them, as I felt he had the most exciting skill set out of any quarterback coming out of college football that I’ve seen in my life – he’s a big kid with a big arm, with incredible touch and is accurate with the football,” said Mayock. “But I also questioned how important the game of football is to him, which I think is an important question when you give someone $30 million guaranteed.

  • aig-raiders

    until last year McFadden had not lived up to his status. McFadden was often a joke for many Raider fans on his weak and skinny legs. McFadden will need to build on that this year.

  • aig-raiders

    Mayock was deadon about JR. JR had a wonderful out of this world pro day but clearly JR isnt about football.

  • severeraiderz

    R8dercain Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:22 am
    Severeraiderz Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:17 am
    think a lot of people under estimate Walter Mcfadden, the guy can flat out cover, makes an effort in the run game. He has the cockiness and short memory that it takes to succeed as a corner. He can turn and run with almost anyone and has great feet and hips.
    —————
    an this is probably all true an correct save for the Miami game last season,doesn’t help this analogy. Let’s hope this shows up this season…if there is one
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    It was his first game in the NFL and he was coming off of a Hamstring injury, that has to be taken into consideration. He impressed Asomugha and Huff in camp and both expected him to contribute immediately.