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OT Gaither just visiting Raiders … for now

By Steve Corkran
Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 7:20 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson said that the visit by veteran offensive tackle Jared Gaither on Friday is to gauge his health and see if he’s worth signing.

Several reports earlier this afternoon said that the Raiders had agreed to terms with Gaither, 6-feet-9 and 340 pounds. Gaither was at practice and spent considerable time with a team trainer and team doctor. He also broke free long enough to chat with Jackson and chief executive Amy Trask early on in practice.

“He’s just visiting me right now,” Jackson said. “I’ve known him from before. He’s here. We’re checking him out, obviously. We brought him in. We want to make sure that any guy is healthy before we ever decide to sign anybody.”

Gaither played mostly left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens the past four seasons, though he missed all of last season with a back injury. He also missed the final five games of the 2009 season with a foot injury. Jackson said he isn’t sure how Gaither would be used if he were signed by the Raiders.

“What we’ll do is we’ll make that decision after we find out if we are going to sign him, first,” Jackson said. “Then, two, we’ll put the best five linemen out there and put them wherever we need to put them. Obviously, I’ve been around Jared and know exactly what he is and if he is a part of our team, we’re going to play him wherever we think he will best fit for us.”

One thing is for certain: Jackson thinks rather highly of Gaither from the time they spent together with the Ravens.

“He’s a tremendous player,” Jackson said. “When he’s healthy, he’s one of the better left tackles in the league. He has extremely long arms, very tall, very long. He’s a good football player. Again, there’s a question of health, and we’re going to do everything that we need to do to make sure that we know exactly where he is.”

Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour recalled playing against Gaither and being impressed by what he saw.

“He is a big guy and we would love to have himm” Seymour said. “All the help we can get is welcome.”

Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley squared off against Gaither plenty of times when Wimbley played for the Cleveland Browns. He, too, was impressed.

“He is a good player,” Wimbley said. “He is a physical player, has great feet and he can help this team out if he comes here. He  has ability, and he has the tools to make it touch on his opponents. When you are trying to rush, his long arms definitely create space. He has the ability to reset and things like that. Quick hands, quick feet, strong guy. Those are the things you look for in an offensive tackle.”

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  • Dakota

    250.VanHeathen Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 11:03 pm
    I think DHB will be fine,
    3rd yr is supposed to be big for a WR.
    He showed flashes last year,
    It’s time…
    Go Raiders
    +++++++++++++++++++

    Well I hope so…..unfortunately you would be hard pressed to name a WR from DHBs draft class that has contributed less to his team in the past two years.

  • lefty12

    LOL-people used to biotch and moan because Davis would throw money around at FAs and now they are complaining because he hasn’t.It could be the organization thinks what we have are as good or better than what is out there.

  • hendu

    TJ,I will pull for this young man,DHB,PERIOD!!Hoping he shuts up the niner fans on this blog,mr,mrs,etc RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • elboocho

    Priest you need to take off those rose colored glasses. For one to even think Bush is as important to our team as Brady or Manning is to theirs is just plain idiotic. I would also like to know what makes Bush “special”. to me he is a better than average RB with below average speed. DMC is special Bush is just another good RB.

  • SilverNutSack

    priesttj Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    JB I keep trying to tell these guys that Bush is a special back he aint some backup back like they think. That kid is so damn skilled it’s ridiculous.

    _______________

    Bush is good back, but sometimes I feel he hits the hole a little softer than i’d imagine he would, knowing his size… guess he’s a unique guy in that he is a huge back with a finesse skill-set…that’s not to say he doesn’t take his toll on defenses; he is a big strong dude. He doesn’t really look like he gives it all in the weight room though. I wonder what he could be if he was as fitness conscious as DMC..

  • JB

    lefty12 Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    JB,I don’t know about the theory that it will be fairly easy to replace Zack.How long did we try to find an adequate TE before we drafted him?That being said,we just might have someone on the team right now who could be his replacement.I do believe though that Sanders likes to ut
    *****************************
    Worst case move Marcel Reese to TE. The rookie David Ausberry is also a potential challenger for that position.

  • SilverNutSack

    I just have a great feeling about Jackson as head coach. He is gonna have this team foaming at the mouth, ready to run through walls and grandmothers. Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • priesttj

    Hendu I’m pulling for the kid too, I want to see him develope for the sake of the team. He has some sick talent he just needs to harness it, the game will eventually slow down for him that’s when playmaking becomes natural. He came in way too young and underdeveloped fans hate waiting on 1st rnd picks. I can understand why but sometimes it takes time. He aint the first he wont be the last.

  • SilverNutSack

    He is gonna be bringing other teams’ coaches to their knees with power squeezes when they meet at mid-field.

  • JB

    elboocho Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Priest you need to take off those rose colored glasses. For one to even think Bush is as important to our team as Brady or Manning is to theirs is just plain idiotic. I would also like to know what makes Bush “special”. to me he is a better than average RB with below average speed. DMC is special Bush is just another good RB.
    ***********************
    I’ve continually said the Bush has not been used correctly. I’m hoping Al Saunders realizes the abundance of running talent available to him and uses it correctly. If he does we’ll see a new Bush and DMAC will simply blow off the doors. We’ll also see our RB’s more involved in the passing game this year.

  • elboocho

    Leron Mcclain or Mike Tolbert would do just as well for our team as Bush does, and Mccalin is a better run and pass blocker than Bush.

  • lefty12

    JB,I’m against moving Reese to TE,that would weaken 2 spots-FB and TE.Ausberry could very well be the guy in the future,but he played WR so his blocking probably needs improvement. I believe he’ll be a practice squad guy this year,although maybe Myers could be the blocking TE and Ausberry could come in in passing situations.

  • priesttj

    It may take David Ausberry a year but that kid is going to make us very proud.

  • elboocho

    JB, I too am excited to see what Ausberry can do at the TE positon, but I believe it will take him a year or two to transition for WR to TE unless he is special. let’s hope he is.

  • SilverNutSack

    Even with JC’s flaws, he has a lot of attributes which are favorable to us… and I think his biggest problem is confidence (along with DHB). Who better to help these guys work through confidence issues than Coach Jackson. Now, when you have Lord Davis deftly raising a finger or an eyebrow to this and that, giving his invaluable SUGGESTIONS and inspiring rhetoric… AHHHHHHH… how blessed we are to have been born of the black!

  • SilverNutSack

    that’s the special sauce that squeezed and squirted into championships… just win baby!

  • priesttj

    Bush is not a FB man, McClain is……you guys just don’t understand what kind of player Bush is. Bush is a very rare back, very very rare. If DMC were not here he would be a perrenial all-pro. He beat out DMC in preseason last year and got hurt or he rushes for over a grand and maybe leads the league in TD’s.

  • SilverNutSack

    yeah.. I have my hopes about that pair of TEs we grabbed. The biggest thing will be how them boys get after it blocking

  • JB

    Tony Richardson (FB) from the Jets may be available cheaply this year. Just saying…

    I’m not yet convinced that ZMiller is the same player he was before last year’s foot injury. Just hope I’m wrong.

  • SilverNutSack

    What if he was a fullback who we handed the ball off to nearly as much as the running back… would that be to wearing on him? Maybe I play too much Madden, but I would love to see them on the field together more often. I really dig this Taiwan fella as well… We should get to see a whole lot of him in pre-season!

  • SilverNutSack

    then again, I also want to see quite a few three WR sets… so many toys…

  • lefty12

    Why are so many so anxious to replace Zack?He has been our most reliable and consistent offensive weapon since he was drafted.

  • Dakota

    272.lefty12 Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    Why are so many so anxious to replace Zack?He has been our most reliable and consistent offensive weapon since he was drafted.
    __________

    WORD

  • SilverNutSack

    Taiwan comes out of the backfield in motion to the right, flanked by Chad and Louis with TJ lined wide left… the ball is snapped, Taiwan winding back for the reverse, NO! its a double reverse! Ford makes a cut, breaks to the outside and he is free down the sideline… there’s not a man on the planet who could catch him now.. look at him go!! woah!! what a nasty block laid by the young Wiz on that one.. Yeah, Papa, the safety didn’t see him coming and really got walloped!

  • JB

    Lefty 12

    ZMiller is an issue up until the point he’s locked in and is no longer the issue.

  • SilverNutSack

    double word

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    I wish Nnamdi well. I met him couple of times, very classy guy.

    Al made up his mind he was going a different way. But I would rather have payed Nnamdi than Routt.

    Moving on………………..

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    HueJax is a spirited guy, the Raiders will be too. They’ve been missing that.

  • Dakota

    Breaking News:

    There is no news.

  • lefty12

    JB,I understand that,but a lot of people on here either want him replaced or act as if he leaves it is no big deal,we can pick up any castoff to take his place.I’ll ask again,how long were we looking for an adequate TE before we drafted him?The answer is a hell of a long time.

  • SilverNutSack

    Routt needed the money more.

  • SilverNutSack

    Yeah, unless there is a serious medical problem we don;t know about we’ve gotta re-sign Miller.

  • elboocho

    KoolKell Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 11:39 pm
    I wish Nnamdi well. I met him couple of times, very classy guy.

    Al made up his mind he was going a different way. But I would rather have payed Nnamdi than Routt.

    Moving on………………..
    ————————————————-

    Not for 25Mil guaranteed. Philly are fools, they needed help at d-line but got a CB when they just got one!!! good luck Namdi hope you like the famous Philly fans and weather.

  • SilverNutSack

    Yeah we have seen what having a good secondary and weak front does…

  • plataynegro

    The article from Bill Williamson doesn’t really make sense to me. Are you telling me that Routt is going to be MORE tested now that Nnamdi is gone? Nnamdi has only had just over 50 passes thrown his way in the last 3 years!!!!

    I think it will even things out a little, and Routt may actually see less passes his way. And he usually did face a teams #1 because they knew Nnamdi was gonna stay on the right side. By no means am I glad Nnamdi is gone, but I don’t think it is gonna kill Routt with all this extra work that some are talking about. We just need a solid pass rush and it will erase a lot of mistakes in the defensive backfield!

  • elboocho

    I will say it again….. trade Bush for Lewis. Then priests hypotheticals can play out…… oh wait they got little hercules, but bush should beat him out hands down. Right priest?

  • SilverNutSack

    We gotta wait to see what we have with Taiwan before we even think about trading Ser Bush

  • lefty12

    The weakness of our def. has been our LBs.Hopefully with McClain having a year under his belt and better play by our outside guys,we will shore up the run D.The pass D should be fine.

  • SilverNutSack

    Yeah, I don’t understand why so many people are so low on McClain… I think he is gonna be a stud… maybe even the head stud in charge of the locker room proceedings…

  • SilverNutSack

    Laying crunching hits, swatting passes, directing shower traffic with a firm finger and a stony gaze…

  • PurpleDrank81

    Jerry Mcdonald said Bruce Campbell was Icing down his knee after practice…. Also said its 1 of the most physical camps he has seen in years without pads and that he has never seen a O-Line Coach have such a hands on approach as much as Old Wisniewski does

  • SilverNutSack

    Go McClain!

  • SilverNutSack

    oh man… imagining the great Wisniewski mentoring these pups is one of my chief sources of pleasure these days… I wonder how Biekert is handling those backers?

  • SilverNutSack

    The old Wiz makes the Raiders the only team with a coach who can still whoop any players a$$ if they get out of line… that is a man’s man’s man’s man’s MAN!

  • SilverNutSack

    I think Jerry is sad that his articles aren’t garnering any comments now… he probably half expected the people here to follow him and leave sweet messages encouraging him in his new gig… i almost feel bad.

  • ppleschamp030

    sound like coach jackson is putting his mark on this team. i meet him over the offseason. his intensity is who he is.

  • SilverNutSack

    yeah he is marking his territory with some fresh, lively juice. Hell, we can smell it here in KC.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Should the Raiders sign Floyd or make a reasonable trade for Garcon, Wayne, Armstrong, or another solid WR; I would be okay with letting Zach go!

    Hue & Al could be looking at what we have in Gordon & Ausberry before committing to Zach.

  • SilverNutSack

    Didn’t we just rub KC’s face in the dirt that last game? I still remember big John Henderson steam rolling Charles… looked like he bout’ killed him. We took the juice out that team.. without #21, we beasted them…

  • SilverNutSack

    True… they better do some speedy evaluating. I have a feeling our WRs are gonna be up to snuff this season… Nicky Miller was working with Fitz for a good while… he should have picked up some nuances there but maybe he dont wanna share them with everybody, i dunno. It should be much different than last year… QB been working with em’ for awhile now and if we bring in someone else that will take snaps away from our young guys. They are supposed to arrive around year 3… sooooo, according to average progression they should be making a pretty big leap this year…
    I say, have faith.