Pre-practice odds and ends

The Raiders return to practice today after an off day Sunday. The provisions set forth in the new collective bargaining agreement mandates at least one day off after six straight days of practice. The Raiders received two within a six-day span.

It will be interesting to see if the two days off within the past week helps those who have practiced the entire time in training camp stay fresh and hold up well to the physical demands of coach Hue Jackson’s program.

It’s also about time for players such as wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, offensive lineman Bruce Campbell and defensive end Trevor Scott to cut it loose. Heyward-Bey is the only one of the three who has practiced in any capacity, but even he has been limited to light duty.

Campbell has missed every practice so far with an undisclosed injury. Jackson said Campbell is “close” to seeing the field for the first time in 2011. Scott has spent the first 12 days rehabilitating from the left knee injury he suffered last season.

Rookie running back Taiwan Jones also is expected back soon. He is missing out on a golden opportunity to get in a ton of reps, with starter Darren McFadden out with a broken orbital bone and backup Michael Bush just getting back into the swing of things after signing his one-year tender Saturday.

*It’s about time for kicker Sebastian Janikowski to start working on his field-goal kicking. He has yet to attempt a field goal in training camp. Punter Shane Lechler already is well along getting himself into game shape.

*None of the four cornerbacks selected by the Raiders in the 2009 and 2010 NFL drafts has made a strong push for the starting spot vacated by Nnamdi Asomugha and occupied by Chris Johnson until now. Chimdi Chekwa is out with a left shoulder injury. Jeremy Ware, Walter McFadden and DeMarcus Van Dyke are getting reps, but none is standing out.

*The Raiders are going to be just fine with Kevin Boss at tight end now that Zach Miller is toiling with the Seattle Seahawks. That much became evident in Boss’ first practice since signing with the Raiders on Friday.

Boss is tall, fast, and he has sure hands. There’s no reason to think that he won’t at least double the 30 receptions he averaged in his four seasons with the New York Giants.

*The Raiders certainly won’t be travel weary as they open the season with back-to-back road games against the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. They play their first and third exhibition games at home. Their road games are against the 49ers and Seahawks.

*Quarterbacks Charlie Frye and J.T, O’Sullivan, linebacker Ricky Brown and offensive linemen Langston Walker and Mario Henderson are the only remaining free agents from last year’s Raiders team who haven’t been re-signed.

The Raiders were interested in re-signing Henderson until he failed a physical. Trent Edwards made Frye and O’Sullivan expendable. The Raiders already have a slew of linebackers on their roster. Walker is the most likely candidate from the group of five to be re-signed at some point, but only in case of injury or if Khalif Barnes and/or Joseph Barksdale falters.

*People keep throwing around the name of former Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison as someone who should be re-signed. Don’t count on it anytime soon. Rolando McClain is locked in as the starter in the middle, and Morrison’s best days as a special teams player are gone. Also, Morrison won’t entertain the prospect of being a backup until he has exhausted every opportunity of being a starter elsewhere.


Steve Corkran

  • TerrapinRaider

    Anyway, gotta go. Looks like another tough day tomorrow in the mkts with Chinese data coming in higher than expected.

  • tj, you are the queen of name calling.

    Priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Tired of your namecalling man

  • Kirk

    290.priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    “If DHB were nearly as bad as all these guys say he is another vet WR would’ve been signed I gauarantee you. They are not nearly as worried about DHB as the fans are. I’s just the fans…………period.”


    DHB is bad. That is why they drafted Moore.

    They aren’t worried about it because they have Chaz, Murphy, Ford, and Moore who are all better than DHB.

    Numbers don’t lie, only people lie.

  • 504 Raider

    It doesn’t matter Turtle. Priest will always talk some things here and there and really poke his chest out AFTER the fact. It just pisses me off that he never gives out those Powerball numbers.

  • RaiderLen

    # priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I said a week ago I believe DHB will have a better year than Crabtree and I really believe it. Everyone laughed people told me to shut up old fool. Well this old fool may ultimately have the last laugh.

    From one old fool to another….I hope you’re right!

  • RaiderLen

    # KoolKell Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I told Davis Bootlicker, Priesttj, 2 weeks ago my choice for MUP, was Stevie Brown.

    Good choice.

    Bad intention.

  • priesttj

    Well Kirk you are right but his career isn’t over. He’s played two unproductive years. Let’s see what he does this year. people talking bout what this kid can and can’t do well he’s about to show us all what the deal is…………thanks for listening!

  • LMFAO!

    Priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    KK do we have a problem?? huh?? it can be handled anyway you want.

  • priesttj

    504 what are you talking about man? what’s powerball?

  • tj, you told us JaMeatball was going to be the starter and he was working his rear-end off, 2 weeks later he was cut, unemployed, and busted for purple drank.

    Priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    “people talking bout what this kid can and can’t do well he’s about to show us all what the deal is”

  • RaiderLen

    # MistaBrown Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    tj, you are the queen of name calling.

    Priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Tired of your namecalling man

    Na Tj just got passion, and takes the bait to easily at times.

  • Kirk

    Priest, I like you and I respect you as a Raider fan, but I just have to respectfully disagree.

    Check out these video lowlights of DHBs career with the Raiders…


  • Len, you havent seen tj’s favorites?
    -ding a lings
    -ding dongs

  • priesttj

    Whether we like or dislike Mr D is our own issue everybody who likes or doesn’t hate Mr D that dude calls them out of their names. He has his opinion allow others to have theirs. That’s all I’m saying…

  • emil4423

    Anyone think it would be a good idea to move either branch or huff to linebacker sets everyone once in a while to stuff the run. Or come up with some crazy blitz schemes, raiders ranked 28th in run D last yr

  • tj, shut your hole.

    the end

    new thread…

  • Priest o think we all agree that we hope DHB will pan out. But y waist the time when there are other productive WR’s on the roster
    I think saying DHB is bust is safe to say.

    But for the raiders sake if he pans out it’ll be a good thing

  • RaiderLen

    # MistaBrown Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Len, you havent seen tj’s favorites?
    -ding a lings
    -ding dongs

    Hey Mista, lol….

    Passion Baby…It clouds our minds.

    I would say however, he’s at least willing to put it out and defend.

    Sometimes right…sometimes wrong.

    I’ll take the optimist (koolaid) view of life all day long.

    Hope and Change! (politics aside.)

  • CarolinaRaider

    Great point about Boss not an option as MUP. Gut tells me Edwards. I love me some MM34 tho.

    Priest…dude you gotta chill. We are all on the same team wanting our boys to win. DHB is a hell of a guy and a hard worker that was drafted too early and has had to deal with higher than needed expectations. He wants to be great and has a lot of skills. But sometimes it takes more to be a “football player”. I would love to eat crow and see the man turn out to be a perennial Pro Bowler. Just doesn’t look likely. Not to mention it appears we have some playmakers now!

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