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Pre-practice odds and ends

By Steve Corkran
Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 2:55 pm in 2011 Preseason, Oakland Raiders.

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.

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  • Thec07

    JFORD was not our PR…that duty was the gret JLH who is now with eagles…

    The new KO rule is going to mitigate the KOR duties…
    More touch backs, less KOR’s…In theroy…

    TJ, will be the PR when healthy…NMILLER will be the backup once he returns…

    NMILLER adds depth across a plethora of positions…

  • BrotherCanYouSpareADime

    BrotherCanYouSpareADime Says:

    BHP or BigTed, Do preseason games contribute to the MUP rankings?

    OR better yet, use the pre-eason to work out bugs and glitches in the BHP-MUP Official Rule Book so when season kicks off, we is ready to roll, and any unclear ‘issues’ will have been resolved

  • noteasilyimpressed

    here’s another potential NT:

    73 Cumbie, Jamie DT 6-7 290 23 R Clemson

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Regular season Brother – We can iron out the kinks in preseason.

  • FarEastRaider

    hey BigTed, can i change my MUP to David Ausberry at TE? I promise this is the one and only time i will ask. Thanks!

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

    It would be nice if Corkran could tweet from camp like Jerry did, because V. Tafur is practically useless.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    PGutierrezCSNPaul Gutierrez

    DHB with nice catch in traffic, beating Walter McFadden…

    41 seconds ago

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    DHB with nice catch in traffic, beating Walter McFadden…

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Campbell hits Boss middle and Schilens right sideline for back to back completions … DHB catches post in stride

    2 minutes ago

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    159.noteasilyimpressed Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Campbell hits Boss middle and Schilens right sideline for back to back completions … DHB catches post in stride

    2 minutes ago

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

    need to see it thursday

  • Thec07

    Cumbie, Jamie

    +++++++

    Youngster was booted off the cleomson team for assault.

    According to the report, Cumbie assaulted the victim “by striking him in the face with his fists without his consent.” The victim, according to the report, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries including his nose broken in several places, six or seven facial fractures, numerous lacerations in the mouth, a hematoma of the right temple with swelling and bleeding of the brain, strained muscles in the neck and vertebra, two black eyes, a broken tooth, and two other teeth bent back into the gum. According to the report, Cumbie is six inches taller than the victim and outweighs him by 100 pounds. He stands 6-foot-7, 290 pounds. He did confess to striking the victim

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    # FarEastRaider Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    hey BigTed, can i change my MUP to David Ausberry at TE? I promise this is the one and only time i will ask. Thanks!
    ************
    No prob FarEast – but with Boss and Myers in the lineup, I dunno how much we will see him…

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    RAIDERS OAKLAND RAIDERS
    Beautiful deep passes to Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan

  • big fan

    ĆǾĐĒ БŁĀĆĶ

  • PlunkforHOF

    CODE BLACK 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HowieLongsNeckPad

    mckinnie LT wants 1 yr 2.5 mil… i say why not

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Thec07 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    Cumbie, Jamie

    +++++++

    Youngster was booted off the cleomson team for assault.

    According to the report, Cumbie assaulted the victim “by striking him in the face with his fists without his consent.” The victim, according to the report, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries including his nose broken in several places, six or seven facial fractures, numerous lacerations in the mouth, a hematoma of the right temple with swelling and bleeding of the brain, strained muscles in the neck and vertebra, two black eyes, a broken tooth, and two other teeth bent back into the gum. According to the report, Cumbie is six inches taller than the victim and outweighs him by 100 pounds. He stands 6-foot-7, 290 pounds. He did confess to striking the victim

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    without his consent???!!!

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Moore makes up for drop with deep catch and Hagan reaches to haul in long pass

    4 minutes ago

  • FarEastRaider

    @BigTed,
    Its cool, i’ll take the chance since it sounds Myers hasn’t been having a great camp and DVD seems to be just as much of a longshot at this point too. Yeah, i’ll roll with Ausberry. Thanks!!

  • Thec07

    without his consent???!!!

    ++++++++

    Yeah per the article without his consent…

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1242833

    I guess in some parts in the US you have to consent to an A$$ whoopin…

  • Seymour Bush

    BigTed707 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    DHB with nice catch in traffic, beating Walter McFadden…
    ===================================

    Unfortunately beating Walter McFadden is not the same as beating Champ Bailey.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    I got a feeling the J-Camp Haters will be eating some crow this season!

  • big fan

    BigTed707 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    I got a feeling the J-Camp Haters will be eating some crow this season!

    ————————-

    Serve it up. And the Coach Davis haters too. The table is bein set.

    CODE BLACK

  • Thec07

    Greatest thing about this years camp is the WR’s, and the QB are on the same page.
    No reports on QB missing targets….Fantastic….

  • noteasilyimpressed

    silverandblackpS&B Pride’s Editors

    It looks like Chaz is back in practice after being held out of the end of practice on Saturday. This is a good sign!

    6 minutes ago

    »

    silverandblackpS&B Pride’s Editors

    Jason Campbell Is Taking On A Leadership Role In Oakland: http://sbn.to/mVWGTQ

    21 minutes ago

    silverandblackpS&B Pride’s Editors

    @

    @fjlopes24 I have to believe that Trevor Scott is the starting WIL.

    38 minutes ago

  • Thec07

    BigTed707 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    I got a feeling the J-Camp Haters will be eating some crow this season!
    ++++++++

    Truth….

  • meeze

    mup

    mike mitchell

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Thec07 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    without his consent???!!!

    ++++++++

    Yeah per the article without his consent…

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1242833

    I guess in some parts in the US you have to consent to an A$$ whoopin…

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    that’s funny!!

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Latest Raiders RapidReports

    1 minute ago – by Eric Gilmore – WR Heyward-Bey getting more work in practice
    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey’s workload increased Monday. Heyward-Bey, who reported to camp with an undisclosed injury, is running routes in 7-on7 drills and just caught a deep pass over the middle. He’s even taking some reps in 11-on-11 drills, which have more contact. Raiders RapidReports

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    They need to settle down in London – Don’t take it out on your own community peoples!

  • noteasilyimpressed

    silverandblackpS&B Pride’s Editors

    Which Receivers Will Be Kept: Schilens, Murphy, Moore, Hagan, Ford, DHB? Is DHB better than N Miller or Shaun Bodiford? Will they keep 6?

    3 minutes ago

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    # meeze Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    mup

    mike mitchell
    ************
    No prob bro!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Noteasilyimpressed Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    Thec07 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    Cumbie, Jamie

    +++++++

    Youngster was booted off the cleomson team for assault.

    According to the report, Cumbie assaulted the victim “by striking him in the face with his fists without his consent.” The victim, according to the report, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries including his nose broken in several places, six or seven facial fractures, numerous lacerations in the mouth, a hematoma of the right temple with swelling and bleeding of the brain, strained muscles in the neck and vertebra, two black eyes, a broken tooth, and two other teeth bent back into the gum. According to the report, Cumbie is six inches taller than the victim and outweighs him by 100 pounds. He stands 6-foot-7, 290 pounds. He did confess to striking the victim

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    without his consent???!!!

    ==================================

    Legalism. The police are establishing Assault, as opposed to a boxing match or somesuch.

    Similarly, when someone broke into my car 4 1/2 years ago and was charged with trespassing, I was to appear in court and testify that I did not give permission for him to enter my driveway and break the driver’s side window. Again, it’s establishing clearly criminal intent.

    Of course, the dude ended up skipping bail so I never had to testify anyway, but still…

  • Thec07

    DHB is going to have a very productive season….Would be a great pick for MUP however, with the bull oline we are building TJ, or Louis Rankin is going to provide shock and awe value at MUP…

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Wiz getting most snaps at C, but Satele is rotating in on first-team drills with Wiz moving to LG for Loper

    1 minute ago

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Wiz getting most snaps at C, but Satele is rotating in on first-team drills with Wiz moving to LG for Loper

  • PlunkforHOF

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    CODE BLACK 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I AM SO GEEKED FOR THE SEASON!!!

    GO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    noteasilyimpressed,

    I’ll let you handle the updates, you are faster than me!

  • PlunkforHOF

    noteasilyimpressed,

    I’ll let you handle the updates, you are faster than me!

    ******************************************
    Yeah! Keep em coming! Is Jerry MC not tweeting?

  • noteasilyimpressed

    thanks BigTed707, trying to be helpful as I can to the Nation!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    # noteasilyimpressed Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    thanks BigTed707, trying to be helpful as I can to the Nation!
    *************
    Much appreciated!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    What happens to DHB this year? he comes in as the incumbant, if he performs then he starts, if he flops what do you do with him?

    My prediction is that he continues to improve just as he did rookie to sophomore season. only this team his growth will be noticeable and his production will triple.

    1.) DHB was only 20 when he came to the nfl. He has needed two years just to handle the physicality of the game, he was a boy amongst men. I think he is now able to compete with the big boys as his body has clearly matured over the past two seasons.

    2.) His skills were clearly lacking polish. After being in the nfl and putting in extra work he has improved catching the ball and running routs. we saw flashes of this last year, he was solid vs jax and indy,( no drops i think) and he had his best game as a pro vs. seattle. Because of his work ethic this will only continue.

    3.) this is his second year with hu jacks offense. last year just like his rookie year he was trying to learn the offense. he knows it well enough by now to just run, and not have to think. We all agree that thinking hinders his production.

    4.) he has a comfort level trust and friendship with JC. they spent most of the off season together chemistry will not be an issue. DHB has never had chemistry with any qb since he has been here.

    5.) Hu jack and saunders are noted wr coach gurus. if anybody can coach up the wr group its these two. Eddie kennison and az hakim flourished under suanders and neither of those two had DHB’s natural talent or skill set.

    6.) there is now serious competition for playing time. DHB was handed the keys early not becuase he was qualified but because there wasnt anyone else qualified either. this is no longer the case. you will either perform or find the pine with hujack running the show. im sure DHb noticed d moore, and is eager to prove where e belongs in the pecking order.

    I say 60 catches 700-800 yds, and 7 tds. I hope he can pull it off. with all of the selfish me first guys play wr in the nfl its nice to see a kid that struggled but kept his nose to the grind stone to succeed in the end.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    What up Raider Nation?!

  • noteasilyimpressed

    fjlopes24Frank Lopes

    @

    @silverandblackp So we are officially goin 3-4?

    48 minutes ago

    silverandblackpS&B Pride’s Editors

    @

    @fjlopes24 Only a few times, I think.

    2 minutes ago

  • Thec07

    Whats good RD???

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    MUP?

    put me down for barksdale

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Satele also lining up next to Loper at C-LG with Wiz out

    1 minute ago

  • noteasilyimpressed

    silverandblackpS&B Pride’s Editors

    @

    @VittorioTafur Easily the best camp battle so far.

    1 minute ago

  • noteasilyimpressed

    PGutierrezCSNPaul Gutierrez

    #Raiders SeaBass booting 60-yard FGs on side field. With ease and space to spare

    1 minute ago

  • PlunkforHOF

    How’s it Dogg?