Pre-practice odds and ends


The Raiders confirmed the signing of free agent linebacker Darryl Blackstock. He last played in the NFL in 2008, when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Blackstock. 6-feet-3 and 240 pounds, started four games for the Bengals in 2008 under the direction of Chuck Bresnahan, who now is the Raiders defensive coordinator. Bresnahan coached Blackstock for the Florida Tuskers in the UFL last year.

Overall, Blackstock has played four seasons in the NFL. His first three came with the Arizona Cardinals from 2005-07. He recorded four sacks in 46 games for the Cardinals as a situational player. He started only two games during his three seasons in Arizona.

*The Raiders guaranteed free safety Michael Huff $12 million to re-sign. Huff received $7.3 million to sign and $700,000 in base salary this season. He has a $4 million guaranteed salary in 2012 and the potential to earn $32 million over the next four seasons.

*Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell shouldn’t have any difficulty acclimating to playing behind the blocking of offensive tackle Stephon Heyer. Campbell and Heyer were in the starting lineup together for 25 of 48 games with the Washington Redskins from 2007-09. Heyer started three games in 2007 in which Campbell did not play. Heyer, 27, has played on both sides of the line.

*Guard Justin Smiley brings a wealth of experience to the Raiders offensive line. He started 78 games for the 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars from 2004-10. Only five of those starts came last season, when an ankle injury forced him to miss considerable time for the Jaguars.

*The re-signing of Samson Satele gives the Raiders some much-needed insurance in case rookie Stefen Wisniewski gets injured or struggles as the starter. Satele started 15 games at center for the Raiders last season and 59 games during his four NFL seasons, two each with the Dolphins and Raiders.

Wisniewski was the only natural center on the Raiders roster before Satele re-signed Tuesday. Alex Parsons and rookie Elias Eliades are getting some snaps at center during training camp.

*Thursday is the day the Raiders welcome a slew of veterans who have signed or re-signed since the lockout ended and weren’t allowed to practice. That list includes fullback Marcel Reece, long-snapper Jon Condo, defensive end Jarvis Moss, linebacker Sam Williams and Bruce Davis, Satele, Huff , defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and offensive lineman Khalif Barnes.

*Still awaiting word on whether running back Michael Bush signs his one-year tender as an unrestricted free agent. If he does so within the next 24 hours, he would be allowed to practice Thursday.

Any team that makes Bush an offer would be obligated to give the Raiders a first-round draft pick as compensation if the Raiders decided against matching the offer. Bush is due slightly less than $3.3 million per the tender.


Steve Corkran

  • RaiderDuck

    From Twitter:

    Vittorio Tafur
    Hue now watching Boss run routes and catch passes from La Secla
    just now from Tweetbot for iPhone

    Jerry McDonald
    No surprise _ TE Kevin Boss in field house getting checked out, will work out, Raidrs moving quickly to fill Zach Miller void.

  • YoungAmerican

    @PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    Boss on field taking passes from La Secla…



  • naps

    i’m not from san francisco i’m from lompoc believe me you will not act this disrespectful toward lompoc if you ever come here. noteasilyimpressed i get the feeling your highly opposed to me and i find it disrespectful in think youd best leave me alone now!

  • RaiderFanFromJersey

    Wishful thinking here that has about 0.5% chance of happening, but I’d be fine with DHB getting cut to free up a ton of cap room, signing Boss & perhaps Smith or Floyd. I know it aint happening, but dreamin is what the preseason’s for ain’t it?

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lompoc is in middle of nowhere full of meth heads lol

  • PlunkforHOF

    Last words for our new troll: I live in Reno, we have a little car show up here next week. Why don’t you come on up, then let me know here on the blog where you’re staying. I’ll be HAPPY to come and have a little talk with you.

  • naps

    we had a sideshow in lompoc last month the cops broke it up on horses.

  • bcz24

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Hahahahahaha he was serious?
    Yeah buddy… I heard Kevin Boss was wearing a Code Black 2011 tee-shirt

  • naps

    oakland idiot with the long name that’s rude. i suggest you show me some respect.

  • TheLastWarrior

    Boss in da HOuse!!

  • noteasilyimpressed

    sorry naps, just didn’t realize how much of a tough punk you are; my apologisies.

  • naps

    go to reno and smell your mom’s nasty panooch? no thanks, plunket.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Fuk lompoc!


    Did you order the code BOSSMAN 2011?

  • naps

    learn how to spell dumbass

  • PlunkforHOF

    figured as much..

  • RaiderFanFromJersey

    I’m probably just a little tipsy on this preseason koolaid but Moore can turn out to be more valuable than DHB this season. Amazing what one good day of practice will do for you, lol.

  • naps

    YOU CUT THAT OUT NOW YOU F’N OAKLAND LOW LIFE! God dammit! don’t ever diss lompoc!

  • naps

    we had a murder in lompoc 3 years ago so just keep talking schit.

  • da trinity

    You guys talkin reckless about my Lord Jesus, may he have mercy on ur souls, remember every knee shall bow and toung confess that jesus is lord

  • “I seen it from Day 1. No. 17 is a playmaker.” – #raiders Hue Jackson on Denarius Moore

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    lol at “im from lompoc”

    that is a lie…..nobody is from lompoc

  • Raider E

    learn how to spell dumbass


    atatude lol 🙂

  • CB 2011

    Boss in Black

  • PurpleDrank81


  • naps

    that’s right, i dont care for the attatudes in here and i think m ost of you are stupid anyway. and you’re all way out of line to diss the city of lompoc.

  • naps

    only god can judge me you bible freak.

  • PurpleDrank81

    If LOMPOC was turned into a Parkin Lot No1 would even Notice

  • noteasilyimpressed

    don’t diss naps, he’s pretty tough on the internet!!!!

  • Raider E

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Boss knows Waufle from Giants days, just needs to pass physical here and agree on some numbers with Davis

  • da trinity

    Huffs contract is 12 million guaranteed only for 4 years seems reasonable

  • naps

    fuk oakland! how about that? don’t test lompoc that’s all i’m gonna say. check urselves.

  • PurpleDrank81


  • noteasilyimpressed

    naps = mayor of san francisco

  • What’s the stuff oozing out of his face?


  • raiderimmortal

    You guys sound like a bunch of Internet wangstas!! This is a raider site take your lame asses to the streets and take care of your crap!

  • raiderimmortal

    The next great raider tight end big boss man! Love the way he runs over the db’s!

  • JLofty

    PlunkHOF, I suspect you don’t need the hep but call me from out in Verdi, we gotchyo back.

  • jmackraider16

    # rob_raider Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    stop thinking of it like u have to replace one guy w/ another. look at it like this:

    running game–#2 last year. should be very good again. lost gallery, a pretty good G, but Loper was a find. a journeyman who ended up being nearly as good as gallery. replacing satele w/ wiz is an upgrade. veldheer in his 2nd year, star on the rise. carlisle a solid vet. walker ok but slow. barnes or heyer fine. added jones, an explosive reggie bush-type. mcfadden could be huge this year.

    passing game–quicker RT should help. campbell in 2nd year for 1st time ever. played well in 2nd half. make-or-break year for him but i sense he could be good. wr’s have talent. it’s their time. miller was a possession guy only. a good one but his #’s were inflated due to poor qb play/young wr’s. lots of multi-wr sets, great rb’s out of the backfield. mcfadden, reece, jones. al saunders/hue jackson offense. could be a dramatic improvement.

    run defense–front four looking like dominant. LB’s key. mcclain’s improvement huge. not sure about groves but goethel/FA could be answer. branch/miller/huff good supporting safeties. again, LB’s the key here.

    pass defense–lots of sacks. #2 in nfl last year by 1. could be better this year. lb coverage good. branch is star. huff arrived last year. don’t discount him. he’s there now. routt too. he’s a player now. 4 1st or 2nd yr. CB’s to fill one spot. maybe a FA vet.

    so, basically, we might need aLB and a CB.
    I like it, saunders/jackson + Jacoby/dMac = Just win baby

  • Silverandblack666

    “You guys talkin reckless about my Lord Jesus, may he have mercy on ur souls, remember every knee shall bow and toung confess that jesus is lord”

    Not this one!

    I am the devil and I am here to do the devils work!

  • rob_raider

    normally i would just ignore idiots, but is naps retarded or just a 12-yr old?

  • ChipFaver

    Screw Miller! I just watched 30 Min of Kevin Boss and I’ve seen enough. He can out play Miller hands down. He reaches the EZ more often and makes more plays for a CHAMPIONSHIP squad. So again Screwww Miller!

  • dvrick

    McFADDEN HAS JUST ASKED TO BE TRADED!!!!! This is FUNNy way to go AL !!!