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More from Camp Seymour

Note: I thought this had posted hours ago . . . assuming it’s operator error (my fault).

Notes and quotes as supplied by correspondent Ben Beitzel of the Gwinnett Daily Post at the Raiders’ passing camp in the Atlanta area:

– The Raiders practiced at nearby Buford High School. Chip Smith, director of Competitive Edge Sports, said defensive tackle Richard Seymour was the force behind the camp.

“Richard is a friend of ours who we’ve known over the years,” Smith said. “He came to me and said, `I would really like to run some team-led OTAs here in Atlanta and would likeyou guys to organize that for us in conjunction with Jason Campbell.’

Smith said Seymour assumed financial responsibility and planning has been going on for over a month. Seymour presided over the defense during light, non-contact scrimmages and Campbell the offense with an assist from Kyle Boller.”

– The workouts were described as something more than half-speed lolly-gag affairs. The CES staff conducted drill work with players and there were lengthy sessions working with ropes and weights.

Smith said Seymour’s instructions were “to get more intense, to show the public we are serious about getting in shape and showing up in shape.”

– Quotes from Richard Seymour:

“We just wanted to give Atlanta a little taste of the Raiders. It’s been great. It’s a great turnout. The guys are excited. We can’t control what’s going on with the NFL lockout, but we wanted to come out and be able to run some drills and do it in an organized fashion. We wanted to make sure it was organized and first class.”

“We needed to get together. I understand the fans’ frustration with the lockout and we want to play as much as they want us to play. But when the lockout is lifted we want to make sure we’re ready to go. Any time we can come out and develop the chemistry with our teammates. I haven’t seen most of these guys since we played our last game at the beginning of January. It’s a good opportunity to get them in the south, get them some of that southeast heat and I think that’s going to benefit us once the season comes.”

“I think we made huge strides last season, but obviously not making the playoffs is a huge disappointment. But there is only one happy team at the end of the year. I know there are a lot of Falcons fans down here, but we want to make it a Raider Nation.”

– Middle linebacker Rolando McClain said the there was little in the way of in-depth scheme.

“We didn’t really work in depth on plays,” McClain said. “It’s more just for a feel of the game. Just see some plays and get the feel of football instead of the feel of facation for the last four months. Just to get back in a football-type environment.”

Even losing much of the offseason, McClain hopes to have momentum going into his second year.

“I feel like my second year can be a lot better than my first year so it kind of sucks not to be able to be around football for so long,” McClain said. “It feels good to bget out there and do something with the team but it is what it is.”

– Bruce Campbell lined up at right tackle during scrimmage situations rather than at right guard, where lined up situation. It sounded as if it was more to re-acquaint himself with playing outside than some sort of mandate about a position change.

“I am going to practice both positions, but I am giong to practice moreso at tackle because I haven’t done it in a year,” Campbell said.

– Rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke said he received an e-mail about joining his new teammates from fullback Marcel Reece.

“It was good to see the guys, to put names with faces and get the vibe from different guys,” Van Dyke said. “There was a learning curve, but it was pretty much man (coverage) like we did at Miami. But I had to get up to game speed. You have fast guys like Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy. All those guys can run so I was just learning how those guys run routes.”

Van Dyke and Stefan Wisniewski were among the rookies attending. Taiwan Jones also was present, according to his Twitter account.

– Jason Campbell has had Heyward-Bey, Ford and Murphy staying at his home in Virginia as they attempt to get their timing down and was glad to change the venue to Atlanta.

“They’ve been staying at my house in D.C. and I was ready for them to go,” Campbell said. “It was costing me too much money a week to feed these guys.”

Campbell was enthused by the level of conditioning he saw.

“You can see a lot of the guys have been working out, a lot of guys are in great shape already,” Campbell said. “The main thing is building camraderie, seeing each other gain, keeping the unity we were seeing at the end of the season going. The other thing is seeing some plays, running and lifting weights and running some actual plays.”

Campbell said “all the guys that were restricted or unrestricted were here. You can’t ask for anything better.”

Note: There was no roster of players provided and players wore no uniform numbers or helmets, making it difficult to make identifications for media members who weren’t familiar with the Raiders.

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  • JR

    No on Troy Smith, Yes on Campbell at this time…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Seymour’s plans include team meals and time on Lake Lanier, making this camp as much about football as it is about building a team.

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

    Easily the most important part of this camp this week.

    J Hill nevers want to admit it, but these BBQ’s and hanging out on the lake mean a lot.

    That shat counts when you are down late in the game, on the road in December, fighting for a playoff spot. You want guys to REALLY, REALLY care about winning as a team and not letting each other down, not just logging a 6 tackles,1.5 sacks and call it a good day, win, lose or draw.

  • HairyBush

    “They’ve been staying at my house in D.C. and I was ready for them to go,” Campbell said. “It was costing me too much money a week to feed these guys.”

    ——————————-
    lol
    If he thought they ate a lot, I wonder how he would have felt had Langston Walker, Mario Henderson and John Henderson been staying with him.

  • HairyBush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 7:13 am
    Seymour’s plans include team meals and time on Lake Lanier, making this camp as much about football as it is about building a team.

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

    Easily the most important part of this camp this week.

    J Hill nevers want to admit it, but these BBQ’s and hanging out on the lake mean a lot.

    That shat counts when you are down late in the game, on the road in December, fighting for a playoff spot. You want guys to REALLY, REALLY care about winning as a team and not letting each other down, not just logging a 6 tackles,1.5 sacks and call it a good day, win, lose or draw
    —————–
    Exactly, You feel more accountable when you give a sheet about the guy next to you.

  • Buckeyeraider

    G’morning fellas.

    Vegas, Hairy..you guys are dead on. While it’s good to see JC’s sweat soaked shirt and that the guys are woking hard…the biggest benefit from events like this is team building. Comradrie. BBQ’s and fishing trips are equally important.

    We talked about this last year, when Cable organized the bowling trip during camp. A lot of people grumbled about camp cupcake, and were mocking it. I said no, this type of bonding will pay dividends. The best teams are the close-knit teams. Where players have each others back and are accountable to one another.

    I’ve read Stabler and Tooz and Maddens books. They all talk about how close those teams were. They had fun together. They played hard both on and off the field. I’ve seen footage of Marv Hubbard sitting there with a giant icepack on his head and blood trickling from a gash on his face..and him saying: “When you’re a Raider..you’re part of a family. You played hurt, you played hard, because you didn’t want to let the other guys down.”

    That’s the type of atmosphere they’re trying to rekindle. Good for them.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Just as long as the visit on the Lake doesn’t turn out like the one in Minny a few years ago.

  • Dan Land

    Team comradarie means nothing if the talent level is low. Unfortunately this Raider club is short on talent whwn yuou break it down without Raider colored glasses on….

    QB- Below AVG
    RB- Good
    WR- Among worst in NFL
    TE- Good
    OL- Below AVG
    DL- Good
    LB- Below AVG
    DB- Bad
    ST- Good

  • Buckeyeraider

    LOL. Vegas.

    It wouldn’t be a Raider event if strippers weren’t involved. At least in the good old days.

    Hopefully these guys have enough sense to rent a private charter boat.

    Don’t need strippers going down on players in front of the horrified Jones family. lol.

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

    Good Lord, I didn’t know the Warriors got Jerry West!!!!!!!!!!!

  • raiderfankirk

    Kk 31 other teams to hate on, and all you can do is hate on the raiders and their fans. What a racist dic licking scumbag. Why like the raiders? They hate ur azz!!!

  • big oak boy

    Dan Land

    you are crazy what we always have had is talent but no direction no guidance or any one to mold it either qb average ol play was average u cant be top 3 rushing team with below average ol everything else is correct

  • big oak boy

    the vikings are just stupid to have had it at a dock in the first place go to a private area or something get curtains or something or you want to get caught

  • Bauce Rules

    Yes Kell…..jerry west brings credibility and we also are interested in Kevin McHale. Bet ya draft and freee agency moves will make sense. Warriors are scrapping that uptempo garbage and will play half court ball. Bye Monta

  • Buckeyeraider

    Kell,

    I was reading through last night’s thread, and you’ve got me confused.

    For years, all I’ve heard about is Al Davis’ heavy handed managerial style. His overbearing, meddling dictatorship forcing his outdated schemes down every coach and coordinators throats.

    Now he has a wishy-washy managerial style? Just rolling with the changing tides and fads? Zone blocking one day, WCO the next.

    Which one is it? Does he let his coaches coach and implement their own schemes or not?

  • Bauce Rules

    Dan Lame is an idiot. Qb is not below average. That is a damn lie. LB are average. Dline above average. DB are average. The oline automatically improves with Wylie as coach and going to a power scheme with more tougher players. Dan Lame is RaiderRhonda, just scum who is LA trash and misrepresents SoCali faction bad

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

    Buckeye

    Let me splain it to ya. Because he’s in his 80′s and feeble minded, he recognizes he need’s help. He hires the latest fad on offense, a inexperienced guy, but never relinquishes control of the Defense or the Draft.

    Ergo, The Team has been rudderless, and now after one of their best years in years, with a chance to make the palyoffs, they are in the process of rebuilding their O-Line & Secondary.

  • Bauce Rules

    Buckeye dont use logic with Kell it will only confuse him

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

    Anybody listening to the President’s speech in Parliament?

  • Bauce Rules

    Kell, you telling me we should keep the same oline and scheme when it was obvious it couldnt beat a stout dline?

  • Dan Land

    When has Campbell EVER played at a level anywhere near good in his career? He is NOT a quality NFL QB.

    DBs a nowhere near avg w/out 21′

    Like I said, this is the state of the roster, WITHOUT Raider colored glasses on.

    Oh, and I dont live in LA. LOL. What a tool

  • Bauce Rules

    No Kell we dont wanna hear anymore about his New World Order plan…..he did say that right?

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

    As much as you like to talk, I suggest you do some reading.

  • Bauce Rules

    Campbell is a starter in the NFL and played decent enough to lead us to 7-5 record. TD to Int ratio always been good. He is mobile and can make every throw. The secondary is fine without Nnamdi. You moron we have won games without his overrated ass. Front 7 play is biggest key. Yes you aree from LA raiderrhonda…..u cant fool me with your bs…..rosy colored glasses? Lol that iis Rhonda to the core

  • Bauce Rules

    Kell i have done my share of reading, that is exactly why Im on to you boy BO so tough. I’m not fooled as the other village idiots. NEW WORLD ORDER is his plan as said in germany a few years back

  • big oak boy

    When has Campbell EVER played at a level anywhere near good in his career? He is NOT a quality NFL QB.

    so you would rather have Miami’s qb’s buffalo’s qb’s jimmy clausen san fran’s qb’s Arizona’s qb’s or our average jason campbell

  • Bauce Rules

    This assh@le taking trips while the lives of Americans get worse by the day lol

  • Bauce Rules

    Everyone loves Rich Gannon so much but from 87 to 98 he was what? Lay off JC. People have a deep rooted vendetta against JC for what reason i dont know

  • Bauce Rules

    I wonder what shuck n buck dance that clown BO did for Parliament after his bs speech

  • Buckeyeraider

    Kell,

    The O-line and secondary are both in need of possibly being rebuilt..mainly because of free agency and the uncertainty of the CBA.

    AD is trying to cover his bases as best he can. Huff and Nnamdi are FA’s. Huff might have gotten tagged, except for the Wimbley contract fiasco. He has maintained he wants to return. Depends on if somebody else blows him away with an offer.

    Because of his contract, Nnamdi cannot be tagged. AD has payed him very well. Other owners have grumbled. He cannot continue to pay him like Peyton and Brady. Bad business. Hopefully #21 wants to stay in NoCal, but the ball is in his court.

    Gallery, Satele, Henderson..et al are all FA’s. Supposedly Walker is contemplating retirement. Coop is aging.

    He has payed Gallery very wall, also. Robert apparently wants more than they think he’s worth. He can’t stay healthy.

    So Davis has been trying to bring in thir replacements if nesc. Hence, the drafting of BCampbell, Wiz and Barksdale.

    That’s fairly sound GM work, for a feeble minded 80 year old, IMO.

  • big oak boy

    Campbell is going to shock us this yr if we get a possession wr he will be great if we get names like b.edwards s.holmes chad johnson plaxico burress maybe maybe even T.O.

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

    Buckeye

    They changed O-Line coaches & Defensive Coordinator, along with the customary coming and going of players every year.

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

    Gallery had enough of the O-line coaching merry-go-round.

  • priesttj

    I cannot believe the Lakers are giving Mike Brown that job and that money, who’s making these decisions in Laker land?

    I’m hoping West can get Brian Shaw here or someone who’s got some serious ability to get the W’s to the next level.

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

    These guys are all square as a pool table, and twice as green: BCampbell, Wiz and Barksdale.

  • Raiderbuck

    This is the kiss of death but here it goes -

    I like where the team is heading and I like “King Seymour” more and more! I think JC needs and deserves another chance, I’m standing behind my team (as always) but with a lot more pride than I have had in years! Lock out stinks but there’s nothing we can do but wait it out. I like the rookies coming in I think they just have to be an upgrade (Barring the 2010 team) Just think where we were 3-4 years ago. We are miles away from that mess.

  • Bauce Rules

    Maybe another smooth 20 ft jumper will make us feel better eh BO?

  • BDAtlanta

    jasus,
    I live in Buford but can’t get over to see them at my kids school. Aughghghghghghghg

  • Bauce Rules

    No we had enuff of gallery. He is awful

  • priesttj

    I think bringing “King Richard” in is looking like a stroke of genius. Mr Davis couldn’t have anticipated this sort of impact. As I said last nite I’ve never seen anything like it from a drafted player, let alone a FA who’s won as much as Seymour has won. It seems as if it’s personal as much as anything.

  • Bauce Rules

    Kell what new dance has BO invented before Parliament?

  • Bauce Rules

    Kell any explanations for your oline BS?

  • Buckeyeraider

    It’s not fair to blame Al for getting snagged on that 30% rule, either. That must be a new or fairly obscure rule that seemingly caught a lot of GM’s off guard.

    Somebody posted a link to an article that mentioned players all over the league who’s re-signing had been complicated because of it. Seems like it was Lamarr Woodley, Haloti Ngata and Darnell Docket amongst many others.

    Not just Huff and Wimbley. Seems like the Raiders kinda got hosed on the Wimbley deal, though. They had no intention of franchising him. They had an extension in hand.

  • Dan Land

    Priest,

    What EXACTLY is “King Richard” doing that someone onn every other team in the league isnt doing? I mean seriously bro, its nice to see but its not anything special.

  • Bauce Rules

    In Kell’s mind we should keep same oline that gets punked by better front 7s lol

  • big oak boy

    I think bringing “King Richard” in is looking like a stroke of genius. Mr Davis couldn’t have anticipated this sort of impact. As I said last nite I’ve never seen anything like it from a drafted player, let alone a FA who’s won as much as Seymour has won. It seems as if it’s personal as much as anything.

    i agree but until we get deep in the post season i will hold off on the king richard talk but i got serious respect for him

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al better start spending his money on fire trucks because the secondary is gonna get burnt.

    ***

    LOL @ Excel comment #25!

    CJ37-Mitchell-Branch-Routt will be fine as long as we stuff the run & rush the passer

    If we can’t stop the run, it won’t matter if guys like Asomugha & Huff are retained because we’ll finish no matter than 8-8 (again)

    and if a QB has all day to throw, even #21 & #24 can get picked on. It doesn’t have to be with a Superstar QB or a Superstar WR, either. Coverage breaks down with time

    it’s up to the Defensive front seven to take care of business. Rod Woodson & Kevin Ross will have the DB’s prepared – Print That. fax it to Raiders HQ

  • Bauce Rules

    Damn Lame….u missed yesterday’s riveting convo when MR said all players who stay in shape are scabs lol

  • Bauce Rules

    RRS is right……again

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dallas will close out the series tonight and Miami will do the same tomorrow night.

    this will be a very tough NBA Finals!

    I like it :)