By Steve Corkran
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 2:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Rookie offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale just Tweeted that he signed a contract with the Raiders.
That closes the book on the eight players the Raiders drafted in April. Running back Taiwan Jones and wide receiver Denarius Moore signed Wednesday. Cornerbacks DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa, receiver David Ausberry, center Stefen Wisniewski and tight end Richard Gordon signed Thursday morning.
It is believed that Barksdale in in Napa. Therefore, it’s conceivable that he could pass his physical and be in uniform in time for the first practice in 35 minutes or so.
As usual, the Raiders are all over getting their draft picks signed and in camp on time. Seldom does a player holdout or miss much time. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell was the lone exception in recent memory, when he missed all of training camp his rookie season in 2007.